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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's easy to think that since Santana made his big comeback using a lot of contemporary pop stars it would become the formula for the artists of yore to edge their way back into the limelight. Sergio Mendes, the best-selling Brazilian recording artist of all time, hasn't made a platter in eight years. He plays piano on a Black Eyed Peas track -- "Sexy" from Elephunk -- and the jam's a smash. Will.i.am of the Peas decides to hook up for a full-on collaboration with Mendes, because he's a huge fan. Being the hotshot producer of the moment, will.i.am recruited everyone from Q-Tip, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend to Jill Scott, Black Thought the Roots, and Stevie Wonder just ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's easy to think that since Santana made his big comeback using a lot of contemporary pop stars it would become the formula for the artists of yore to edge their way back into the limelight. Sergio Mendes, the best-selling Brazilian recording artist of all time, hasn't made a platter in eight years. He plays piano on a Black Eyed Peas track -- "Sexy" from Elephunk -- and the jam's a smash. Will.i.am of the Peas decides to hook up for a full-on collaboration with Mendes, because he's a huge fan. Being the hotshot producer of the moment, will.i.am recruited everyone from Q-Tip, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend to Jill Scott, Black Thought the Roots, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few to sign on. Recorded in both Brazil and the House of Blues in Encino, the set revisits many Mendes and Brazilian songbook classics and reworks them in the modern beat-driven idiom. Needless to say, the end result is entertaining, if mixed. Let it be said that a cut like "Mas Que Nada" should never have been covered, let alone redone. But it is here with Black Eyed Peas and some backing vocals with, of course, Mendes playing that trademark piano riff. OK, "That Heat" is a reworking of "Slow Hot Wind," the Henry Mancini tune Mendes covered and is supposedly the first track will.i.am ever sampled at the ripe old age of 14. Here Erykah Badu croons in a sultry humid way as will.i.am goes down deep with the rap. Mendes' piano is what keeps the thing from falling completely apart. Better is the Baden Powell-Vinicius de Moraes medley of "Berimbau/Consolacao." Mendes' Rhodes offers the vamp that the elegant chorus singers -- Gracinha Leporace, Debi Nova, and Kleber Jorge -- and Mendes groove to. Will.i.am lays down some rather organic-sounding electronic percussion that sounds like palmas, and Wonder blows his harmonica over the entire proceeding as Jorge's guitar strides alongside Mendes' piano. This may be the best cut on the set. There is a fine case to be made for the humor in "The Frog," written by João Donato, and originally covered by Mendes. Q-Tip lays down a charming rhyme and Mendes' Wurlitzer work is killer. The cover of "Let Me" is stiff and Jill Scott, as fine a singer as she is, doesn't cut it here, and neither does the rhythm track. The smoother than smooth "Please Baby Don't," written and sung by John Legend, works because of Legend's understanding of Brazilian rhythm and Mendes' piano groove that carries the voice. "Samba da Bencao," with Marcelo D2 and guitars by the Maogani Quartet, is engaging; Mendes' acoustic piano solo is beautiful, as are the horn charts. The title track with India.Arie is simply beautiful. Aire, with backing vocals by Nova and Leporace and a slinky guitar part by Jorge, makes the tune simply float as Mendes decorates it with Rhodes and synth. Timeless is a mixed bag, but it's not because of Mendes. His own playing and arranging is utterly elegant. As a producer, will.i.am means well and in general does a fine job -- though he is, as would be expected, a tad overzealous in working with one of his idols. Timeless may not actually achieve that status, but for the moment it's a fine effort that doesn't reek of cloying commercial manipulation and feels like a true collaboration.
Billboard
The original tracks -- especially [John] Legend's "Please Baby Don't" and "Timeless" with India.Arie -- are what boost the album beyond novelty status.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431226321
  • Catalog Number: 2263
  • Sales rank: 69,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mas Que Nada (4:22)
  2. 2 That Heat (4:13)
  3. 3 Berimbau/Consolacao (4:22)
  4. 4 The Frog (3:50)
  5. 5 Let Me (4:14)
  6. 6 Bananeira (Banana Tree) (3:14)
  7. 7 Surfboard (4:31)
  8. 8 Please Baby Don't (4:09)
  9. 9 Samba Da Bencao (Samba of the Blessing) (4:38)
  10. 10 Timeless (3:54)
  11. 11 Loose Ends (5:32)
  12. 12 Fo'-Hop (3:13)
  13. 13 Lamento (No Morro) (3:21)
  14. 14 E Menina (Hey Girl) (3:31)
  15. 15 Yes, Yes Y'all (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sergio Mendes Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Synthesizer Strings
Paulinho Braga Drums
Sergio Brandao Bass
Gracinha Leporace Vocals
Q-Tip Rap
Steve Tavaglione Saxophone
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Kleber Jorge Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Cavaquinho
Paul Meyers Guitar
Erykah Badu Vocals
Mike Shapiro Bass, Percussion, Drums, Snare Drums
Meia Noite Percussion
Bill Brendle fender rhodes
Mr. Vegas Vocals
will.i.am Bass, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Sampling, Rap
Justin Timberlake Vocals
Pharoahe Monch Rap
Gary "Sugar Foot" Greenberg Drums
Jill Scott Vocals
Chali 2na Rap
India.Arie Vocals
Leonardo Nobre Bass
Tim Izo Flute, Saxophone
Marcos Alves Group Member
Chuck Prada Conga
Mitchell Long Electric Guitar
John Legend Vocals
Carlos "Pipo" Chaves Group Member
Debi Nova Vocals
Paulo Aragão Group Member
Marcelo D2 Rap
Maogani Quartet Acoustic Guitar
Marcus Tardelli Group Member
Peter Wolf Bass, Track Performer
Keith Harris Ride Cymbal, Fills
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Sergio Mendes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Jorge Ben Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Gilberto Gil Composer
Baden Powell Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
João Donato Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Ben Tucker Composer
Charles Stewart Composer
Roland Young Visual Concept
Paul Erickson Engineer
Tariq Trotter Composer
will.i.am Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, drum programming
Will Adams Composer
Nicolas Duport Engineer
Justin Timberlake Composer
Printz Board Composer
Guinga Composer
Gutemberg Guarabyra Composer
Jason Villaroman Engineer, drum programming
Padraic Kerin Engineer
John Legend Composer
Dave Amason Producer
Marcus Tardelli Guitar Arrangements
Peter Wolf Orchestral Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved It!!!

    As neither typically a fan of rap/hip-hop or Latin music, I loved this CD instantaneously upon first hearing it. It's pays an amazing homage to diversity, and to the fact that mixing of musical styles can create magic! My favorites are That Heat, Berimbau/Consolacao, Samba Da Bencao/Samba of the Blessing, and Bananieri &amp amp quot Banana Tree&amp amp quot which makes me feel like I'm at Carnival. I highly recommend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    excellent combination, great voices

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    beautiful work of art, excelente!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Sergio Mendes, with a Twist!

    Wonderful album! If you love Samba, this is for you! Highly recommended. Loved all the songs! A Must Have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great! The familiar beat with today's flavor!

    Since I'm a longtime lover of Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66, I saw this while on vacation and am loving it - my kids are too. A great mix of today's great artists with Sergio Mendes' flair. I'm really enjoying listening to Justin Timberlake, will.i.am, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder on harmonica, John Legend, india.arie......This CD really grows on you....I can't stop playing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Collaboration of Hip Hop/Soul/Reggae/Reggaeton and Bossanova

    Ever since I happened across this CD purely by accident over the past weekend, it has been in my stereo between home and work, non-stop. Will.i.am and Sergio create a marriage made in heaven with hip hop grooves such as "Mas Que Nada", featuring The Black Eyed Peas and The Frog, featuring Q-Tip and with the soulful sounds of Jill Scott in "Let Me" and John Legend's "Please Baby Don't". The entire album is fantastic from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worlds Collide

    When two worlds in music (brazilian/hip-hop) collide, it can be a bad thing or a good thing. And in this case it's very good thing. Sergio Mendes one of the greatest brazil pop composers (besides Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto) and Will.I.Am one of the most promenant figures in the hip hop biz from the Black Eyed Peas, have come together to revamp classics from Sergio for an album that is soon to be "Timless". The two have created an album that does not interrupt the flow and laid back sway of the Brazilian atmosphere, while at the time the album serves as playground for both American and Brazilian DJs to stoke up the club seen. It just goes to show that in the music world, everyone gets along. As a fan of both genres (Brazilian and Hip-hop), I find this album cool,sexy and full of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless IS timeless

    Its about time music lovers have been given such wonderful music. I've always been a fan of brazilian music however the infusion of hip-hop and r&b in this complilation of Mendes' hits brings new flavor to those never exposed to Brazil's syncopated samba and bossa nova rhythms. Mas Que Nada,The frog,and The Heat are amongst my favorites on this CD. I recommend this CD for every true music lover.

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