This original Universal Masters Collection assembles virtually all the '60s and early-'70s hits by Sergio Mendes and his various Brazil bands, beginning with Brasil '66. While it's been done again and again and these tracks are hardly rare on CD, this particular selection is solid as can be, with "Mais Que Nada" leading it off. Sure, most of the Beatles' covers are here too: "Norwegian Wood," "Day Tripper," and "With A Little Help from My Friends," but alas, "Fool on the Hill" is not. The beautiful reading of "Scarborough Fair," is included in this set as are hits ranging from the smash version of "Goin' Out of My Head," and the signature speedy samba reading of "What the World Needs Now Is Love."
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek