Those were a tough call for me also. I like both of their takes on the tune, for completely different reasons. Pretty sure Luiz Eca did the string arrangements on that record.Wes' version is tops (who can resist that breezy sunshine pop arrangement, and, of course, Wes' impeccable taste as a soloist); however, my favourite is Tamba 4 owing to the gorgeous subtle bossa and gentle flute lead.
Same here -- except I was 22. I had the first LP since 5th grade -- but I was not able to fully understand and appreciate the music at that time. I finally connected with the debute LP when I was in high school, but it wasn't until college that I started to actively search for the remaining LPs -- most of which were OOP. Equinox was the first OOP LP I found and For Me, with it's soaring vocals, impeccable tension and release, perfectly placed organ chirp and the unique vocal fade, became an immediate B66 must-have (and remains so to this day)."For Me" was the first Brasil '66 song to really land with me. I'd heard the previous singles on the radio, but they kinda went by me. For some reason, at age 11, this was the song.
Agreed! I think I have all of his LPs that were issued through to 1970 -- everyone is a gem to me.That album is really strong, end to end, even more remarkable for it being his first album. The songwriting is on point, and having the Tamba Trio (who were already well established by that point) backing him up with instruments and occasional vocal harmonies makes it that much better.
Lobo's original above does the same, although they only take the tempo down towards the end of the tune (at 1:35), where Sergio's arrangement kicks the tempo back up and down again. Sergio's addition was to add a drum rhythm to the guitar and bass, and at a slightly slower tempo. And that organ.I think the magic in For Me is the Herb Alpert inspired “polka” rhythm with John Pisano’s signature 12 string rhythm guitar. Then it goes to the half time bossa beat. Perfect!
The only one I don't care for so much is Edu & Bethania, but he's had quite a few good albums. Painfully overlooked as a recording artist, in my opinion. Aside from his uneven A&M album, no US label ever really took an interest in him, yet the quality of his songwriting and more-than-capable guitar and vocals was on par with anyone else from that era.Agreed! I think I have all of his LPs that were issued through to 1970 -- everyone is a gem to me.