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The Fool On The Hill (Remastered) Original recording remastered

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Their biggest smash, a #3 LP from '68 that applied Sergio's distinctive bossa-nova sound to everything from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to little-known gems by Brazilian songwriters.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Rmst Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0002LGWSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 formula on "Fool on the Hill" was quite simple. Take pop hits like the title track by the Beatles and "Scarborough Fair" by Simon & Garfunkle, add a bossa nova rhythm and some lavish string accompaniment by Dave Grusin to Mendes on the piano and the vocals by Lani Hall (Mrs. Herb Alpert) and Karen Philipp, and you have some easy listening hits. "Fool on the Hill" followed "Look Around," giving Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 two solid albums in 1968 (please, do not revive the debate over why it was not Brasil '68), although I have a slight preference for this collection, which made was the group's highest charting album at #3 on the Billboard Pop Album chart (but #1 in Jazz and #10 for Black Albums).

The reason is that while this album hooks you with the covers, both of which charted in the Top 20 ("Fool on the Hill" was #6 and "Scarborough Fair" made it to #16), it is the original compositions that you end up loving. The two best on this album are "Casa Forte" and "Upa, Neguinho," both of which were written (or co-written) by Edu Lobo, which are as fine as any of the group's original songs as they ever recorded. The best vocals are actually by Gracinha Leporace, who would be part of Brasil '77, on "Lapinha." You have to appreciate this type of bait and switch, where unsuspecting music lovers pick up an album for the hits and are introduced to the seductive sounds of Brazilian jazz.

In the Sixties this was the sound of international music and the opening of the door for pretty much all of the Latin American recording artists who came afterwards. "Fool on the Hill" was the best selling album by Sergio Mendes, although a large measure of the credit might be due not to the music but rather the cover, which folded out to show the group at a gorgeous sunset...sitting on top of a nude woman. Ah, to be in Rio at Carnival time...
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A Kid's Review on September 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's nice for Sergio Mendes to have all this attention again because of the revamped Mas Que Nada, but I think there will be little room for discussion when you compare it to the brilliant original, which isn't polluted by obnoxious rapping. His whole Brazil '66-discography is amazing: this is timeless, sweet, slightly exotic music that's upbeat with a hint of melancholy. So the same goes for this great record, which leans on two very good covers, but the originals are what's special here. The perfect blend between 60's pop and bossanova, sweet but not sappy, cheerful but not annoying, and always this sweet, glowing, after-summer vibe. He's the man.
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I recently decided I have been buying too much new music on CDs, and not listening to my large collection of great music on LPs. One of the first LPs on my platter (for the first time in years) was this great outting by Brazil 66. I couldn't believe how exciting, timeless, and classy (and even sexy) this music is. The singing and the instrumentation blend perfectly. Some of the rhythms get complex, yet they come off as smooth as silk in the hands of these great musicians. If you still don't know this music, this would be a great starting place. It is definitely one of their best. Also, though tame by today's standards, the cover of the LP once unfolded (and I presume the CD) is interesting--to say the least. I might also add that the range of sound in the music of Brazil 66 really shows off a good stereo system.
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"Fool on the Hill" is my favorite album by "Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66." If you like Brazilain-Latin music you will love this. Actually I think it's a better album than their "Greatest Hits." It is a real shame that the music industry doesn't promote music like this anymore. The music is full of soul, a very creative and innovative effort. It's just priceless.
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By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD on a whim and when I played it was completely awe struck. I can't after hearing imagine going another day without it. It is truly a work of art that will last the proverbial "generations".
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"Fool On The Hill" was the 4th album released by Sergio Mendes with this red hot group Brasil '66, but the first album to feature the almost totally new group lineup. Some time after the release of "Look Around", Sebastaio Neto replaced Bob Matthews on bass, Rubens Bassini replaced Jose Soares on percussion, Dom Um Romao replaced Joao Palma on drums and Karen Philipp replaced Janis Hansen on vocals. Only vocalist Lani Hall remained of the original group. Even with all the changes, the great sound of Brasil '66 continued without so much as missing a beat. This album features two of their biggest hit singles, "Scarborough Fair" and, of course, the title song. "Festa" is a great uptempo number which higlights the talents of all the group members. "Casa Forte" will have you dreaming of warm Brazilian beaches, while Lani Hall's searing vocal solo on "Canto Triste" will give you chills. "Lapinha" gave us a preview of what was to come with an excellent vocal track by Gracinha Leporace, who later replaced Lani Hall when Lani left to pursue a solo career.

From the first note to the last, this album will take you on a musical trip to warm, sunny places. Put it on, sit back and let your mind take you to new places. You won't be disappointed.
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