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Released along with a slew of other A&M greatest-hits collections, 1970's Greatest Hits takes listeners through a dozen Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 tunes from the albums Herb Alpert Presents through Crystal Illusions. Not all of these were hits -- indeed, not all of them were singles -- and they are not representative of the wide range of Brazilian material that Mendes cut during this period. But listeners do get a good idea of how Mendes' winningly sexy blend of American female voices, simplified bossa nova rhythms, and lavish Dave Grusin orchestrations captivated mainstream America in the late '60s. Look Around receives by far the most attention, with five tracks -- which is only fitting, since in retrospect it appears to be Mendes' most irresistibly memorable album. For a more comprehensive overview of Sergio Mendes on CD, though, Classics, Vol. 18 is a better bet.
Performance CreditsSergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Primary Artist
Sergio Mendes Vocals,Track Performer
Technical CreditsSergio Mendes Arranger,Composer,Producer
Herb Alpert Producer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Dori Caymmi Composer
Antonio Adolfo Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Tiberio Gaspar Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i love sergio mendes and brasil 66 and all their other albums.
Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 debuted on the American music charts circa 1967-68 on A&M records through Herb Alpert.....their first big hit was "The Look of Love" written by Burt Bacharach and featured in the 1967 movie "Casino Royale" staring David Niven.........This great collection also contains their versions of Jobim, Lennon & McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel songs, (etc) as "Wave", The Fool On The Hill, Scarborough Fair....It is a great collection and highly recommended
This is a great collection yet only offers a brief tip of the hat to the girth of Brasil '66 efforts. A wonderful Lani Hall showcase as well. If you are a fan of Brasil '66 this is a 'must have'. BUY IT!