Verve's Great Songs/Great Performances series is yet another attempt in a seemingly never-ending stream of them to repackage -- and hopefully resell -- their vast catalog of jazz, pop, Brazilian, Latin, and blues. They're super cheap in both cost and presentation, but the music is almost always stellar. The Sergio Mendes Brasil '66 Play the Hits volume is no exception. It should be noted that there are no Mendes originals on the eight-track compilation -- "Mas Que Nada" and "Tim Tom Dom" aren't included. Instead, there are the smash versions that Mendes Brasil '66 put onto the pop charts as they moved out of America's easy listening ghetto: "The Look of Love," "Night and Day," "The Fool on the Hill," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Scarborough Fair," etc. If all one is looking for are the hit covers, for the price, this one will do. Thom Jurek, Rovi
- Easy Listening, Rock, World, Latin, Jazz, Vocal
- Vocal/Standards, Pop/Rock, Latin America, Fusion, Exotica/Lounge
- Lounge, AM Pop, Bossa Nova, Samba, Vocal Pop, Brazilian Pop, Crossover Jazz
- July 13, 2010
- Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
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