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Oceano

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 6, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000474C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sergio's latest CD is great. Gracinha's voice is still magical and the ballads in this CD all have that warm tropicalismo like feel to them. Caetano and Hermeto Pascoal are also featured on this album. One of the master's of Bossa Nova once again has made another great album-- a must have if you enjoyed Brasileiro!
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By Gregory on February 17, 2016
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As always, Sergio delivers. It's funky and tropical, and most of the songs sound like precursors to the work he's now doing with Will.I.Am from the Blackeyed Peas. The Portuguese lyrics are beautiful, even if you don't speak the language, and I believe Sergio has visited some of these songs before in the past but in different versions and tempos.
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What can I say about Sergio Mendes. This compact disc is excellent. A different sound and a mixture of vocals. I was surprised that one of my favorite artist (Simone) was also on the CD. I never get tired of listening to it.
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Had the pleasure to see a live performance at Foxwoods several months ago, prior to NY's Bluenote engagement. The songs on this CD haven't given up the infectiousness of the Brazilian samba roots but are accentuated with great vocals and pulsating strong rythyms. His ability to craft a song's treatment makes the result look effortless. If in doubt, play the Rio de Janiero cut with some volume and bass! The Sergio market may not be large, but I hope he continues and the market may take more notice!
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Oi... another I thought I reviewed but never did. Oceano was the last Sergio Mendes album (outside of a best-of) before the one he released in 2006 with the Black Eyed Peas. It was somewhat of a follow-up to Brasileiro, even though it came 4 years after that release. No need to get into the history of Sergio and his trio's, Brasil 66 or Brasil 77 groups. He's a very important producer for Brazilian music. I still remember hearing the songs from this many years ago.

I actually liked this one. It starts out with a very strong and breezy "Rio De Janeiro" where his wife, Gracinha, leads the vocals as she usually does in his more recent (1-18 years) releases. It has clear key work, nice harmonica and the end bursts into a samba. "Trilhos Urbanos" follows up, and again Gracinha's voice is the highlight but the song's got great percussion work and a neat bridge. I actually have to disagree with one reviewer's take on "Madalena"... some of my friends from the Dominican Republic actually really liked that song. It's got much more energy, tropical vibe and near merengue flow. "Puzzle of Hearts" was another song I liked, with a wonderful duet in Portuguese and English. "I can only live if it is for you"... how dramatic. Another highlight to this were the tracks featuring Hermeto Pascoal, "Capivera" and "Vale De Ribeira". They have a warm tropical feel and bounce to them, albeit crazy. "Vale De Ribeira" simply sounds like you're going on carnival rides (not Carnaval).

All in all, I liked this but have to admit, it is a little dated now. The album's heavy on keyboard work, which usually tends to do do that (date music). Also, it's more so on the 'adult contemporary' side, so it's not really something that the younger generation would've flocked to.
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