Lani Hall's Favorite Songs Are?

lj

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I was always curious if Lani had a favorite song or songs from her days with Brasil 66. Did she also have a favorite album? Maybe Randy Badazz can assist us on this matter. I recall Herb saying on an interview from the radio show Jazz at the Spa circa 2008/2009 that he would like to be remembered by "A Taste of Honey", "Spanish Flea" and "Route 101". So if we got Lani's choices that would certainly complete the circle so to speak.
 

lj

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From the thread "Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the San Diego County Fair June 13, 2018", I noted that Lani said she could not choose favorite songs from her days with Brasil 66, however, she acknowledged the musical greatness of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Edu Lobo.

Her comments are well taken. Indeed, Jobim is universally considered Brazil's greatest popular composer--and rightfully so. But respect must also be given to Edu Lobo. His body of work is outstanding. Today he may not be known outside of Brazil, perhaps because he never sought the spotlight. He considered himself first and foremost a composer and not a performer. And what a composer he was--in the same orbit as Jobim. His forte was taking the folkloric traditions of northeast Brazil and translating them into extraordinary music. In 1965, Lobo won the first place prize at the Festival of Popular Brazilian Music for his "Arrastao" (For Me). In 1967, he won first place again at the same festival with "Ponteio", probably his greatest composition. In 2009, Rolling Stone Brazil magazine rated the song #46 in its list of 100 greatest Brazilian songs of all time. For your listening pleasure the link below has Lobo performing "Ponteio" at the festival from October 1967. You can feel the energy and excitement on stage and in the audience. It gives me goose bumps. It's Brazilian music at its very best!

In the same month October 1967, Lani Hall recorded in my opinion her greatest vocal, "Like a Lover", from the "Look Around" album. You can call this a wonderful instance of synchronicity--in South and North America two wonderful pieces of music were being performed at the same time.

 

Rudy

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But respect must also be given to Edu Lobo. His body of work is outstanding. Today he may not be known outside of Brazil, perhaps because he never sought the spotlight. He considered himself first and foremost a composer and not a performer. And what a composer he was--in the same orbit as Jobim.
I agree--I feel he is overlooked in the grand scheme of things. He certainly has recorded a lot of albums, with apparently very few released outside of South America.
 

Mike Smith

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While on the subject of Lani's favorite song, it appears her least favorite was Never Say Never Again. When asked about it during an interview, she tensed up and said, "That song is no longer in my repertoire," rather stridency.

Any ideas as to what happened?
 

Rudy

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I have no idea, but I don't like that song either. 😁
 

Harry

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I hear Lani sing different lyrics than the ones that are commonly listed online.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

You walk in a room
A woman can feel the heat
One look is a guarantee
Nights could be long and sweet
The message is clear
Like nothing I've ever known
But the more that I hear .................................................But from all that I hear
Forget about long-range plans
'Cause this man's got his own
To get mixed up with a man who says never
May be big trouble, but then
I just could be the woman to take you
And make you never say never again
Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again
You've got all the moves
Ah, but baby I've got them too.................................. Ah, but baby I've got 'em too
No matter your attitude or your mood
I'll come through
The touch of your voice
The feel of your eyes on me
You leave me no choice
Though I know there's danger there
I don't care, let it be
To get it bad with a man who says never................To get in bed with a man who says never
May have no future, but then
I just could be the woman to reach you
And teach you to never say never again
I'll beg you...........................................................................I'll bet you
I'll get you
I'll reach you
I'll teach you
I'll take you
I'll make you
 

Bobberman

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I like the music to never say never again not really the lyrics but my favorite parts are the Rare Herb Alpert Trumpet solos at the beginning and in the movie at the end
 
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