Sunday, June 5, 2011


This morning I woke to a bright, sunny and breezy day, a perfect day for some Sergio Mendes, so I went digging. I consider myself somewhat of a casual Sergio Mendes purist, or rather a Brasil '66 purist. I like some of Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66's output, but only the more Brazilian type stuff, not the covers of hits (dude did a lot of covers). Back in 1966, he was what middle aged people who considered themselves hip listened to. But, I tell you, Sergio Mendes has been going downhill ever since Brasil '66 became Brasil '77. Wait a second, when Lou Adler brought him to Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' A & M Records to audition, it was decided that they would drop the Brazilian female lead, Wanda de Sá, in favor of Lani Hall, a singer from Chicago, and that some material would be sung in English. If that weren't bad enough, somewhere between Brasil '65, and Brasil '66, Jorge Ben was out of the group. Huge loss. Listen to a couple Jorge Ben '65 era cuts below, and don't miss his 1963 original version of "Mais Que Nada". They're way better. If I wasn't already so vested in this post, I'd start all over with just his stuff. So let me rephrase what I said earlier. Sergio Mendes has been going downhill since Brasil '65.

So, there's a few Jorge Ben cuts, and a chronological metamorphosis of Mendes' sound. I purposely left out his collaborations of a few years back, with the Black Eyed Peas and others, because, quite frankly, I think they blow. One interesting early/mid-era cut is the one with Brasil '77, "Promesa de un Pescador," which is surprisingly different.

Jorge Ben - Mais Que Nada mp3 ('65) at Guizzz Orleans
Jorge Ben - Lalari-Olala ('65) mp3 at Guizzz Orleans
Jorge Ben - Na Bahia ('65) mp3 at Guizzz Orleans
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Mais Que Nada mp3 at Football & Music
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Aqua de Beber mp3 at Copacabana.uw
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Joker mp3 at Copacabana.uw
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Like A Lover mp3 at Uselessly Highbrow
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Pretty World mp3 at Whistling Records
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Crystal Illusions mp3 at The Society of the Spectacle
Sergio Mendes and Brasil '77 - Promesa de un Pescador mp3 at Prejka
Sergio Mendes and Brasil '88 - I'll Tell You mp3 at The Love Unlimited
Sergio Mendes - Magalenha ('92) mp3 at Dogz3d
Sergio Mendes - Berimbau Consolacao ('08) mp3 at
Sergio Mendes - Orpheus (Remix, '10) mp3 at Dancing Astronaut
Jorge Ben - Trama/Radiola (TV clips)
at YouTube
Jorge Ben - Os Alquimistas
at YouTube Whoa! Who let Sun Ra in wardrobe?
Jorge Ben - Namorado da Viúva
at YouTube
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 - Mais Que Nada
at YouTube
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Witchita Lineman at YouTube
(Now, see what I mean?)

Jorge Ben official site
Jorge Ben at Wikipedia
Sergio Mendes - official site
Sergio Mendes at Wikipedia

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