Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66, Look Around, A&M SP-4137, 1968
I don’t know how I got 5 months into this project without featuring a record from Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. Their records sold in the millions and they’re really easy to find at really cheap prices. The group hit the sweet spot between Bossa Nova and Pop with records carefully crafted by the finest LA studio musicians. While their sound was passed in the 70s and 80s, today their records are the perfect vinyl background music to any hipster dinner party. This record is one of their best, and I was thrilled to find this near mint copy yesterday.
It came out at the peak of their fame, and owing to the looney rules that The Oscars had at the time, they got to perform Their version of The Look Of Love at the awards ceremony. Dusty Springfield’s version, the original recording from the film Casino Royale, was crushed on the charts as a result. There’s also the first charting version of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, which was another huge hit for them.
And then there are the whitewashed versions of period correct Brazilian pop music. Not that that’s a bad thing, considering how influential the Bossa Nova sound was in the 60s. A Brazilian would be horrified by these remakes, they would probably sound like Pat Boone remaking Long Tall Sally, but I love them. I wish I could tell you why these records are so easy to find, all I can say is that I will keep looking for the rest of them.
Cost:$2, $640 Remaining