Celebration: A Musical Journey

Sergio Mendes

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Celebration: A Musical Journey Review

by William Ruhlmann

The Top Five success of "The Girl from Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto in 1964 paved the way for Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 two years later, establishing a fashion for Brazilian samba with cool female vocals in English. Mendes, a Brazilian-born pianist, was launched by Herb Alpert's A&M Records, and after recording his own version of the Getz/Gilberto hit (heard here as "Garota de Ipanema") went on to a series of hits in the mid- to late ‘60s in which he applied Brazilian pop arrangements to covers of familiar pop songs with Lani Hall usually handling the Gilberto-like vocals. The Mendes treatments of Bacharach/David's "The Look of Love" and the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill" even reached the Top Ten. This two-CD set presents the highlights of Mendes' popular heyday, including his 1983 comeback hit "Never Gonna Let You Go" (on which the vocals were taken by Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller). All the hits are included, and toward the end of the second disc, Mendes' first chart entry, "Mas Que Nada," is even transformed into a rap by Black Eyed Peas, among other remixes and remakes.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sergio Mendes 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
2 Sergio Mendes feat: Bossa Rio 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
3 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes Trio 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
4 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
5 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
6 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
7 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
8 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
9 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
10 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
11 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
13 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
14 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
15 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
16 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
17 Sergio Mendes 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
18 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
19 Sergio Mendes 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
20 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
21 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 03:33 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sergio Mendes 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
2 Sergio Mendes 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 Sergio Mendes 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
4 Sergio Mendes feat: Gracinha Leporace 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
5 Sergio Mendes feat: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 / Siedah Garrett / Gracinha Leporace 04:34 SpotifyAmazon
6 Sergio Mendes 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
7 Sergio Mendes 03:31
8 Sergio Mendes 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
9 Sergio Mendes feat: Gilberto Gil 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
10 Sergio Mendes feat: Black Eyed Peas 04:24 SpotifyAmazon
11 Sergio Mendes feat: Q-Tip / will.i.am 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
12 Sergio Mendes feat: Ledisi 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
13 Sergio Mendes feat: Juanes 04:20 SpotifyAmazon
14 Sergio Mendes 03:45 Amazon
15 Sergio Mendes 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
16 Sergio Mendes feat: Melody Gardot 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
17 Sergio Mendes feat: Ivete Sangalo 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
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