Somewhere, there must be an unwritten rule that as the weather gets warmer the strange sounds Sergio Mendes get sweeter.
As far as best-of, and greatest hits compilations go, this is a prime example of when (and why) they really work — the tracks flow seamlessly, nice overview, etc. This is really all the Sergio the casual fan will ever need. Truly.
For me, this “hits” album has always sounded like it came from some alternate reality. The percussion, orchestration, and choice of cover material all seems as if it were conjured up for the bizarre soundtrack to an unwritten movie. What makes it all that much more interesting is that this was not the case at all – they were dead serious – this isn’t supposed to be ironic or corny in any way. Bravo.
Check out Mendes and company’s kitchy covers of two Beatles tracks below.