The years 1968 and 1969 brought even more changes to Sergio Mendes and the band

With the albums Fool on the Hill and Crystal Illusions, there were a few changes behind the scenes.  Most notably, John Pisano took over on guitar while Rubens Bassini and Dom Um Romao handling the percussion (Romao also did the drums on this particular album).  Even Oscar Castro-Neves (who died late in 2013) pitched in with guitar work on Track 6, the Baden Powell hit song, “Lapinha.”

But it was a few Beatles hits that spawned some publicity all on its’ own terms–plus a really neat set of beach pics of the band (albeit they are in B&W on the CD version) as they all are just having fun in this album:


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Track 1, the title track:

Other songs to savor include Track 3, “Casa Forte”, the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Scarborough Fair” on Track 7, and the Dave Grusin slow ballad on Track 8 done so beautifully by Lani Hall, “When Summer Turns To Snow”.

In 1969, their fifth album included a chance to experiment with different rhythms and beats, especially on the title track.


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Here are some of their special hits, starting with the Otis Redding-Steve Cropper single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”:

Track 6 features the very catchy riffs and excellent lyrics on “Pretty World”:

The Lani Hall collaboration with Gus Kahn and Nacio Herb Brown on Track 8, “You Stepped Out of A Dream” and the title track running nearly eight minutes closes out the album.

Later this week, as I close out my tribute to Lani Hall, Karen Phillipp, and the rest of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, we will feature a song with the same vowel in three two letter words–along with some very popular love songs that dominated radio play during the 1970’s with Brasil ’77.  See you then.


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