|Soul Jazz Records
Release Date: 14 July 2014
Format: LP Vinyl
|Soul Jazz Records Presents Sergio Mendes & Brazil ‘66 Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album Limited Vinyl LP
· This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. ‘Stillness’ was a decisive break away from
commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound.
· Powerful new vocal songs such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’ signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more
pronounced than before as Mendes and guitarist Castro-
Neves - originally two central figures in the Bossa Nova
scene in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s - dig deep into
Brazilian music with amazing versions of Gilberto Gil’s
‘Viramundo’ and Caetano Veloso’s ‘Lost In Paradise’.
· However, what’s new about this album is the perfect
blending of this Brazilian sensibility with the deep West
Coast sound at the start of the 1970s. Mendes augments his Brasil ‘66 group with Los Angeles players to stunningly
interpret songs by Buffalo Springfield (‘For What It’s
Worth’), Joni Mitchell (‘Chelsea Morning’) and Blood, Sweat
And Tears (‘Sometimes In Winter’), creating a fantastic
unique and mature new sound.
· Long-regarded a cult classic due to the club tracks ‘For
What It’s Worth’, ‘Viramundo’ and the spiritual and musical
depth of tracks such as ‘Stillness’ and ‘Righteous Life’,
‘Stillness’ is a tour-de-force album.
2. Righteous Life
3. Chelsea Morning
4. Cancao Do Nosso Amor
6. Lost in Paradise
7. For What It's Worth
8. Sometimes in Winter
9. Celebration of the Sunrise