Brazilian Musical Icon Sergio Mendes Celebrates 50 Years of Recording With First Major Retrospective



Mar 04, 2011, 09:00 ET from Universal Music Enterprises

LOS ANGELES, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether economically or culturally, Brazil is hot!  For Sergio Mendes, Brazil's most popular musical export, the time has arrived for his music to be featured in a major motion 3-D animated picture and his first career retrospective.  Marking the 50th anniversary of his debut album, the two-CD Celebration: A Musical Journey (Emarcy/Verve), released 4th April, 2011, brings together more than three dozen selections spanning the entire career of the master of the bossa nova beat.  The collection ranges from the classic "The Look Of Love" to recent collaborations with and The Black Eyed Peas ("Mas Que Nada" is featured on the soundtrack to the 3-D animation feature RIO premiering April 15) to new recordings guesting Siedah Garrett and Ivete Sangalo.  

Celebration: A Musical Journey's earliest tracks were culled from 1961's Dance Moderno and groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio.  But it was Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 which sparked global stardom.  Performing "The Look Of Love" at the 1968 Oscars, their version went Top 10, quickly followed by the hits "The Fool On The Hill" and "Scarborough Fair."  Enjoying immense popularity, Mendes added soul and funk to his jazz and pop, but always with a Brazilian rhythm.  In the '80s, he scored with the Adult Contemporary #1 and pop Top 10 "Never Gonna Let You Go" and in 1992 won a Grammy for Brasileiro.  From the 60s to now, Mendes and his cool factor is ever present.

In 2006, his CD, Timeless, spotlighted hip-hop artists, including The Black Eyed Peas with a re-recording of early gem "Mas Que Nada" alongside Gracinha Leporace, Mendes' wife.  2008's Encanto found neo-soulster Ledisi and Spanish-language favorite Juanes as guests.  Adding new recordings with Sangalo and Garrett, among them a remake of "The Fool On The Hill," Celebration: A Musical Journey brings up to date the extraordinary career of Sergio Mendes.



Outra Vez

Garota De Ipanema

So Danco Samba

Mas Que Nada

Going Out Of My Head

Constant Rain

Night And Day

The Look Of Love

So Many Stars

The Fool On The Hill

Scarborough Fair

(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Pretty World

Wichita Lineman

Norwegian Wood


What The World Needs Now Is Love

Pais Tropical


After Sunrise

Promesa De Pescador


Never Gonna Let You Go

My Summer Love

The Sound Of One Song

Kisses Daylight

Sarara (Bring Me The Sunlight)

Cinnamon & Clove

Rio de Janeiro

Holografico Olodum

Mas Que Nada

The Frog

Waters Of March

Y Vamos Ya

So Tinha De Ser Com Voce


The Fool On The Hill

Chove Chuva

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises