This is Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 - Love Music (1973), for Bell. This is perhaps the first Sergio Mendes album with no Brazilian songs I see. I don't know if it is the only exception, but it seems to me that we have an effort to make Love Music a blockbuster, all songs are very popular, you will probably have the feeling that you heard everything before. This is certainly a transitional album to the further "pop" phase.
Love music is infectious from the start to end, the girl's vocals works very well and the percussion on top of the pop arrangements are also very nice. Personnel listing was already built on last challenge, but I will list it again, Brazil '77 features top-notch musicians. One last thing, don't let the cover - on a really bad shape, almost dissolving in my hands - cheat you, the vinyl was near mint and the sound is good. Tracks include:
(piano, electric piano)
Bonnie Bowden and Gracinha Leporace
(vocals) Bonnie Bowden....BONNIE BOWDEN has graced stages and media across the globe for over 25 years. Born in Bessemer, Alabama, Ms. Bowden began singing at the age of three, spending a Texas childhood performing in schools, churches and talent shows.
Bonnie's vocal solos have been featured on 28 albums. She has toured the world many times over, performing in concert halls, theaters, universities, music festivals and television shows throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. A multilingual performer, Bonnie sings in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Latin and Portuguese. Check Out Her....Website...www.bonniebowden.com
Oscar Castro Neves
(congas, triangle, percussion)
Paulinho da Costa
(bongos, congas, percussion)