Sergio Mendes [1975]/Magic Lady

Sergio Mendes [1975]/Magic Lady

by Sergio Mendes
     
 

Sergio Mendes spent the '70s straying very far from his Brazilian roots. The Sergio Mendes album from 1975 is very much in the smooth soul/quiet storm bag and Magic Lady from 1978 is a straight disco record. Neither of the records are the disasters you might have already pegged them as. Sergio Mendes is actually a small pleasure and Magic Lady<See more details below

Overview

Sergio Mendes spent the '70s straying very far from his Brazilian roots. The Sergio Mendes album from 1975 is very much in the smooth soul/quiet storm bag and Magic Lady from 1978 is a straight disco record. Neither of the records are the disasters you might have already pegged them as. Sergio Mendes is actually a small pleasure and Magic Lady, while overly smooth, isn't an embarrassment. The best part about Sergio Mendes is the sweetly harmonizing vocals of Bonnie Bowden and Sondra Catton and the laid-back groove that percolates throughout the album. The songs are all covers. Some like the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" or Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" have interesting arrangements, while some like Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" have hackneyed or meandering arrangements. Best to call it a mixed bag and cherry-pick the three or four good songs. Unlike Sergio Mendes, which actually has some emotional weight, Magic Lady is total disco fluff that sounds like it was made by the house band on the lido deck of the Love Boat. Every track has the same frothy beats and cooing vocal combo topped off with shimmering strings, synth-drum fills, and choogling percussion. By the time the disc is over, you sort of have to admire Mendes and company for so fully appropriating the disco ethic and becoming a faceless disco machine. Only the occasional piano run that peeks out from behind the sequins gives any clue that Mendes was once a semi-respected musician. Not that respect will pay the bills. By the '70s, jazz sure didn't, nor did bossa nova. Mendes did the best he could and 30 years later Collectables was there to make sure the listening public knew it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431767023
catalogNumber:
7670
Rank:
144732

Tracks

  1. Davy  - Sergio Mendes
  2. I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)  - Sergio Mendes
  3. All in Love Is Fair  - Sergio Mendes
  4. Let Them Work It Out  - Sergio Mendes
  5. Here Comes the Sun  - Sergio Mendes
  6. If I Ever Lose This Heaven  - Sergio Mendes
  7. Lookin' for Another Pure Love  - Sergio Mendes
  8. Someday We'll All Be Free  - Sergio Mendes
  9. You Been Away Too Long  - Sergio Mendes
  10. The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye  - Sergio Mendes
  11. I'll Tell You  - Sergio Mendes
  12. Lonely Woman  - Sergio Mendes
  13. You Get Your Love from Me  - Sergio Mendes
  14. Magic Lady  - Sergio Mendes
  15. Yes I Love You  - Sergio Mendes
  16. A Dream Come True (Can't Hardly Wait)  - Sergio Mendes
  17. Let It Go  - Sergio Mendes
  18. Summer Dream  - Sergio Mendes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sergio Mendes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano
Jerome Richardson   Flute
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Soloist
Chuck Rainey   Bass,Bass Guitar
Clifford Coulter   Piano
David T. Walker   Guitar
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Bonnie Bowden Amaro   Vocals
David Amaro   Guitar
Bonnie Bowden   Vocals
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Emilio Castillo   Horn Section
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Soloist
Steve Forman   Percussion
Mic Gillette   Horn Section
Benard Ighner   Guitar
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Horn Section
Harvey Mason   Drums
Lenny Pickett   Horn Section
Raymond Lee Pounds   Drums
Carol Rogers   Vocals
Marietta Waters   Vocals
Oscar Neves   Acoustic Guitar
Nathan Watts   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paolo Costa   Percussion
Adams.Greg   Horn Section
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion
Sondra Catton   Vocals
Sebastian Neto   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Personnel
George Harrison   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Jerome Richardson   Personnel
Tom Scott   Personnel
Gene Lees   Composer
Chuck Rainey   Personnel
Clifford Coulter   Composer,Personnel
David T. Walker   Personnel
Michael Sembello   Composer
Bob Alcivar   Vocal Arrangements
Bonnie Bowden Amaro   Composer
David Amaro   Composer,Personnel
Ron Beck   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Craig Bickhardt   Composer
Bonnie Bowden   Personnel
Dennis Budimir   Personnel
Linda Creed   Composer
Dave Grusin   Producer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Chuck Findley   Personnel
Steve Forman   Personnel
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
John Golden   Mastering
Benard Ighner   Composer,Personnel
Harvey Mason   Personnel
Raymond Lee Pounds   Composer,Cut,Personnel
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Phil (Boogie) Schier   Engineer
Marietta Waters   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Oscar Neves   String Arrangements,Personnel
Leon Ware   Composer
Nathan Watts   Composer,Personnel
Adams.Greg   Horn Arrangements,Personnel
Laudir DeOliveira   Personnel
Sondra Catton   Personnel
Sebastian Neto   Composer,Personnel
Dewayne Valentine   Sculpture

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