Looking Around...

Rudy

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As I stated in another discussion, that cover looks very creepy!!!
It's the stuff that nightmares are made of. 😁

I do not have the ability to create a disc but when I made a cassette for the first car I owned that had a player, I used several selection from Fool On The Hill. It always gets the short end of the stick in compilations.
I agree--the only two songs that seem to get attention are the title track and especially "Scarborough Fair." My favorites are "Festa," "Casa Forte," "Lapinha," "Upa Neguinho" and "Reza" (aka "Laia Ladaia"). Not that the others are bad but if I want a "speed listen" (without playing the LP at 78 RPM), these five tracks will always come to the front.
 

Bobberman

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Of course, as time went on, virtually all of Sergio Mendes' output has been released on CD somewhere in the world, and tracking them down has been a fun pursuit over the years.
I agree tracking them down was sure fun and Thankfully thanks to Verve reissuing the Brasil 66 albums domestically I was finally able to upgrade all my brasil 66 to CD and even Beyond that and Atlantic was very generous reissuing the instrumental jazz albums through the collectables label and the list goes on and on and I'm so glad I still have everything
 

Mike Blakesley

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I remember getting that "Very Best Of" release from Thoughtscape and being surprised that it contained so much of virtually every album but only the two "hits" from Fool on the Hill. That album always seemed to get hosed when it came to compilations. But I was absolutely thrilled to have "Sometimes in Winter" and so much of the rest of Stillness included. It's still my favorite album.

As for my Sergio intro.... like Harry's, it's been documented here before, but I first heard Sergio on a compilation album Music Box, which was sold at our local appliance store. It had "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" from the Herb Alpert's Ninth album as the lead-off track on Side 1, so from that point forward I have thought that tune should be the opening track on that album.

It also contained "Look Around," by Brasil '66, which I liked immediately. I had seen their album cover of the same name in the local record store, but I didn't buy any of the records until Stillness came along. From that point I bought everything new that came out, and started collecting the older albums in somewhat reverse order. For years I only had most of them on 8-track tape, and with Equinox, the tape tangled up before I ever got to hear the whole thing; so it wasn't until later when I was buying LPs that I heard it all the way through. I'm pretty sure I heard the Herb Alpert Presents album last.

I still remember my first time listening to the Primal Roots album. I didn't know it was coming out; my family was vacationing at a lake near here, and we'd gone into Sheridan WY for supplies. I was browsing the record department at the Woolworths store and there it was, Primal Roots. I didn't want to wait another week to get home to hear it, so I bought the 8-track tape instead. When we got back to the lake, I sat in the car and listened to the whole thing all the way through. I was not impressed at first, but I really liked "After Sunrise" and I had to admit a couple of the other songs were catchy. Plus I was intrigued that Sergio would be crazy enough to put a 19-minute song on a whole side of the record, so I kept playing it from time to time. When we got back home I picked up the album, and it served until the CD came out. I've got the Japan issue and the later Japan "mini-LP" version. It's probably tied with Stillness for my favorite, depending on my mood. I still marvel that it ever came out on CD at all.
 

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but I first heard Sergio on a compilation album Music Box, which was sold at our local appliance store. It had "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" from the Herb Alpert's Ninth album as the lead-off track on Side 1,

Ah yes, MUSIC BOX. That was the sampler that came after FAMILY PORTRAIT. MUSIC BOX was one of those albums that they drenched in HAECO-CSG, so I "undid" it and remastered a copy of it. Here is my effort on YouTube:

 

rockdoctor

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The first time I heard anything from Primal Roots was Promise of a Fisherman and After Sunrise which were on the Foursider album. Later I heard side A as I stated at a school theater. It was not until the late 80's that I found the LP and side two as one selection was a shock. The Circle Game was fantastic! The only part of that song that I do not care much for is the male vocal towards the end. Gracinha should have been able to come back in for the closing. I can only imagine the lyrics that could have come out of Lani Hall's poetic mind to go with that song!
 
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Rudy

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It's been ages since I've played Primal Roots...I'll have to dig out the LP and give it a spin soon!
 

rockdoctor

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I remember getting that "Very Best Of" release from Thoughtscape and being surprised that it contained so much of virtually every album but only the two "hits" from Fool on the Hill. That album always seemed to get hosed when it came to compilations. But I was absolutely thrilled to have "Sometimes in Winter" and so much of the rest of Stillness included. It's still my favorite album.

As for my Sergio intro.... like Harry's, it's been documented here before, but I first heard Sergio on a compilation album Music Box, which was sold at our local appliance store. It had "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" from the Herb Alpert's Ninth album as the lead-off track on Side 1, so from that point forward I have thought that tune should be the opening track on that album.

It also contained "Look Around," by Brasil '66, which I liked immediately. I had seen their album cover of the same name in the local record store, but I didn't buy any of the records until Stillness came along. From that point I bought everything new that came out, and started collecting the older albums in somewhat reverse order. For years I only had most of them on 8-track tape, and with Equinox, the tape tangled up before I ever got to hear the whole thing; so it wasn't until later when I was buying LPs that I heard it all the way through. I'm pretty sure I heard the Herb Alpert Presents album last.

I still remember my first time listening to the Primal Roots album. I didn't know it was coming out; my family was vacationing at a lake near here, and we'd gone into Sheridan WY for supplies. I was browsing the record department at the Woolworths store and there it was, Primal Roots. I didn't want to wait another week to get home to hear it, so I bought the 8-track tape instead. When we got back to the lake, I sat in the car and listened to the whole thing all the way through. I was not impressed at first, but I really liked "After Sunrise" and I had to admit a couple of the other songs were catchy. Plus I was intrigued that Sergio would be crazy enough to put a 19-minute song on a whole side of the record, so I kept playing it from time to time. When we got back home I picked up the album, and it served until the CD came out. I've got the Japan issue and the later Japan "mini-LP" version. It's probably tied with Stillness for my favorite, depending on my mood. I still marvel that it ever came out on CD at al
I have seen many albums released as CDs that I never expected to see. Some entire catalogs of artists, even albums that never charted are or were available. We had a store called Planet Music and they have massive volumes of CDs both new and used but then they got too heavy into DVDs and games and the CD stock dwindled and now they are gone.
 

Stevenj

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I had been listening to one of my parents 8 tracks from the time I was a small child and that was Crystal Illusions. I didn't know who it was because the label was damaged. Then, when I was in my early teens at a christmas gathering at Aunt Sharon's house, I was playing records in the den and put on Equinox. Eureka! Then HAP the Look Around. When I got my drivers license, I was going to Car City Records and buying all Sergio and related artists.
 

Rudy

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I had been listening to one of my parents 8 tracks from the time I was a small child and that was Crystal Illusions. I didn't know who it was because the label was damaged. Then, when I was in my early teens at a christmas gathering at Aunt Sharon's house, I was playing records in the den and put on Equinox. Eureka! Then HAP the Look Around. When I got my drivers license, I was going to Car City Records and buying all Sergio and related artists.
I miss Car City...it's a shame it ran into the ground and closed up. It was originally Car City Classics when Peter Dale owned it, and then Bob Setlik bought him out (renaming it to Car City Records) and took over the empty storefront next door to double the space. Then I believe Bob moved out of town and tried to keep it going remotely, and it lost its lustre. My very last visit, I was thumbing through new arrivals and found a 12" single sitting in the bin, not even in a jacket or sleeve. It closed not too long after.

I spent many lunch hours there in the 90s, since our office was only half a mile down the road. Dangerous place to have so close by. 😁 Surprisingly I found many sealed A&Ms there over the years, including a couple of Deutches Gramaphone pressings.
 

rockdoctor

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I had been listening to one of my parents 8 tracks from the time I was a small child and that was Crystal Illusions. I didn't know who it was because the label was damaged. Then, when I was in my early teens at a christmas gathering at Aunt Sharon's house, I was playing records in the den and put on Equinox. Eureka! Then HAP the Look Around. When I got my drivers license, I was going to Car City Records and buying all Sergio and related artists.
The very first time that I heard Look Around was on an 8 track tape while traveling in a friend's car for a weekend trip. I did see 8 tracks tapes of nearly all the Brasil'66 records in the record stores but I did not have an 8 track player and when my dad did get one, most of the stores stopped carrying them so I have not seen them since the early 70's. In an A&M catalog that I had years ago, they also mentioned that their albums were also available on 4 track tapes. I vaguely remember seeing one of those in a record club advertisement and they were the same size as the 8 track cartridge.
I still think that there has to be tapes of songs that never made the cut for albums by Brasil'66 somewhere. It would be great to have them see the light of day.
 

Stevenj

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I miss Car City...it's a shame it ran into the ground and closed up. It was originally Car City Classics when Peter Dale owned it, and then Bob Setlik bought him out (renaming it to Car City Records) and took over the empty storefront next door to double the space. Then I believe Bob moved out of town and tried to keep it going remotely, and it lost its lustre. My very last visit, I was thumbing through new arrivals and found a 12" single sitting in the bin, not even in a jacket or sleeve. It closed not too long after.

I spent many lunch hours there in the 90s, since our office was only half a mile down the road. Dangerous place to have so close by. 😁 Surprisingly I found many sealed A&Ms there over the years, including a couple of Deutches Gramaphone pressings.
Peter Dale also owned Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor. I stopped in one day and was so surprised. He has since retired.
 

Harry

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Someone somewhere sent me a really old cassette tape of EQUINOX.

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Other than some track order jumble to equalize sides, it's the same as the LP.
 

Rudy

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Peter Dale also owned Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor. I stopped in one day and was so surprised. He has since retired.
I followed that drama for a while. 😁 I guess his sister owned it with a partner, and he bought the partner out. Then he bought out his sister's half. He retired several years ago and employees bought him out. They've since moved to another location in downtown Ann Arbor, as I'm betting the rent went up in their original location. He was always great to talk with and remembered me from my Car City visits.
 

Rudy

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The earliest A&M cassettes I own don't even have paper labels--the shells were an ivory color, and the information was printed right on them. Horrible sounding things, but it's not like my little GE portable was all that high fidelity either. 😁
 

rockdoctor

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It's been ages since I've played Primal Roots...I'll have to dig out the LP and give it a spin soon!
One good thing about the Japan release of Primal Roots on CD is that they added "The Crab" as a bonus selection. When I first heard The Crab on AM radio years ago, I thought there was another album coming out to include that but never saw one and then Sergio switched to Bell Records.
 
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