Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo

Edú Lobo

Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo

1971

Samba

Lobo is one of the least-celebrated of the major songwriting lions of the first Brazilian wave, and a talented performer in his own right -- which his first North American album makes stunningly clear. The backings strip the base of Sergio Mendes' Brasil '66 sound down to its rhythm section, fortified by the playful and enigmatic electric piano and flute multiphonics of Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira's multifaceted percussion, and an occasional cello quartet.

- Richard S. Ginell

Live @ the Clubhouse

Tom Tom Club

Live @ the Clubhouse

September 24, 2002

Contemporary Pop/Rock

Since there was no Tom Tom Club compilation available as of 2002, this double album served as both a much needed career recap as well as an enjoyable romp through their melange of hip-hop, reggae, Afro, and funk. It's a consistently effervescent, energetic, and upbeat live show, but the group's clever cover of Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" is a showstopper.

- Hal Horowitz