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Meditation (Meditação): What Definitive Versions are on A&M?

Discussion in 'Look Around: Sergio Mendes/Brazilian Music Forum' started by Dave, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Here's my latest Pat Boone find, not just Online, but actually bought:

    I have the US version of this on Dot (actually a Canadian copy on 'Quality Records'); the Non-LP B-Side to "The Days Of Wine And Roses"...!

    So, other than Claudine Longet on her debut A&M LP, Claudine (A&M SP 4121), who else recorded it?

    OK, now for that all-too familiar refrain: "...Meditating how sweet life will be, when you come back to me..."--Let's all sing along!!!! :laugh:

    -- Dave
  2. Not A&M, but Sinatra/Jobim recorded it.

  3. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator

    The one and only time I saw Sinatra live was in Vegas with Brasil '77. They opened for him. Sergio and the girls came back out during Sinatra's segment to do a medley of Brazilian songs, one if them I believe being Meditation, which he sung in English*

    This was the dinner show that people under 21 years of age could attend. Mom and Dad went back the next evening to see the later show, which they said was even better than the dinner show.

    *Sinatra sung everything in English

    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  4. There's got to be other A&M versions of it, but I can't think of any.....
  5. Well, Sergio Mendes did it on his QUIET NIGHTS album, but that wasn't A&M either.

  6. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    I have had versions of "Meditation (Meditação)" by drummer Grady Tate (on one of his vocal albums, Feeling Life) and an instrumental by guitarist Donald Byrd on a '45', b/w "Little Boat (O Barquinho)", and I would like to someday explore the rest of Byrd's catalog...

    I never did explore Sergio's catalog before his Great-Arrival on A&M...! Mendes recorded for Atlantic, right? How many records did he make? (I'm assuming ALBUMS,too...!)

    It would be nice to see a discography on that material, which I would have had figured had to have gotten reissued on CD, if his A&M stuff, did, by now...!

    And, yeh, what about 'trademark' Brasilian stuff like "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)", (Covered by Chris Montez) "Morning of Carnival (Manhã de Carnaval)", and "How Insensitive (Insensatez)" (both remade by Claudine Longet)...?

    -- Dave
  7. Sergio's Pre-A&M recordings. The first two are on Philips, and I believe the balance were for Atlantic

    BRASIL '65
    and a Brasil '65 leftover single, "All My Loving"/"Telephone Song"

    and a leftover Atlantic album released during his A&M period and featuring John Pisano on guitar:

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  8. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    Remember, though, that Swinger and Beat are actually reissues of Sergio's Brasilian sides for other labels. Brasil '65 (black cover with Wanda) is on Capitol. (Wanda also released a solo album on Capitol that isn't bad.)
  9. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    There's also the 45 on Atlantic of All My Loving, probably the last side he recorded for that label and one that sounds a *lot* like Brasil '66.
  10. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator

    JMK is correct...it sounds a lot like Brasil '66.

    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  11. Never heard All My Loving...!
  12. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Hey, thanks, Harry!!!! That's GREAT!!!!

    Now how does "Telephone Song" go?

    -- Dave
  13. "Buzz, buzz..." :)
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014
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  14. TulitaPepsi

    TulitaPepsi Member

    When I was first getting into Sergio in the early '70s I remember being bitterly disappointed that "Sergio Mendes Favorite Things" had no vocals - I thought the two women on the cover photo were Karen & Lani.
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  15. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator

    How funny is that? I thought the same thing! Would have been interesting had he brought them over to record on Favorite Things, but alas they were signed to A&M.

    There's always the one vocal (and one word) on The Great Arrival: "Bonita..." LOL!!

    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  16. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator


    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  17. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Well, here's one, although I think it would be too STAGEY for any kind of Sergio Mendes-led group to do:

    Otherwise, these days when I think of "Telephone Song", I guess, with the late-Stevie Ray Vaughn's own arrival, and even-quicker passing, I think of this one:

    -- Dave
  18. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator

    Well...I'll take Stevie over that drivel with Ann Margaret! As Dr. Smith (of Lost In Space) would have said, "Indeed!" LOL!!

    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  19. JMK

    JMK Well-Known Member Contributor

    Here's the *right* one, done by its co-composer Roberto Menescal:

    Not sure if Harry was only joking, but the English lyric by Norman Gimbel does indeed start with "Buzz, buzz".

    And Jon, heaven forfend you call "The Telephone Song" from Bye, Bye Birdie drivel. :) Adams and Strouse were the first Broadway composers to really start to inject some (admittedly pretty tame) rock 'n' roll into their scores.
  20. Couldn't resist that. When he asked how does "The Telephone Song" go - well, it goes "Buzz, Buzz"!


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  21. Brasil_Nut

    Brasil_Nut Active Member Moderator

    LOL! Great movie I haven't seen in years. Most musicals were amazing. I only saw a bit of the clip. Maybe I need run it again for old time sake!!

    Jon...the "Brasil Nut"
  22. rockdoctor

    rockdoctor New Member

    A number of years ago, a friend of mine said she had heard Sergio Mendes and Brasil'66 with this song, sung by Lani Hall.
    I told her that I had never heard it and later on figured she might have heard Claudine Longet but she and Lani Hall do not sound anything alike to me. If it was recorded by Sergio, it has long disappeared.
  23. Not a vocal version, but Sergio did do it:


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