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Album Review

Equinox continues the scrumptiously winning sound that Sergio Mendes cooked up in the mid-'60s, this time a bit more fleshed out with John Pisano's guitar, a slightly thicker texture, and even an imitation sitar (this was, after all, 1967). Again, the mix of American pop tunes old and new and Brazilian standards and sleepers is impeccable (although it didn't yield any substantial hits), and the treatments are smooth, swinging, and very much to the point. While Mendes reaps a predictable harvest from Antonio Carlos Jobim — he was one of the first to discover and record "Triste" and "Wave" — he also likes to explore the work of other outstanding Brazilian writers like Jorge Ben, Joao Gilberto, and especially Edu Lobo (whose "For Me," with its bright flashes of combo organ, is one of the album's highlights). Lani Hall's star was just rising at this time, and it is her cool, clear voice that haunts the memory most often. Like its predecessor, Equinox is exceedingly brief in duration, yet not a motion is wasted. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

40 Years On -- A Terrific Party Album!

Hard to believe this classic is about 40 years old, but it hasn't aged a day. Even the sitar on Constant Rain sounds fresh. Having friends over for food/wine/great conversation? Pop this on your player and let 'er rip. Instant party! Let the cocktails flow!

Excellent Music!!!!

I’ve listened to the sounds of Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 my entire life having been born in ’71. This was my mother’s favorite music, so growing up, I was exposed to all of these classic songs and sounds and I love them all dearly. If you are new to this music, you are in for a real treat. Between the rich tones of Samba and the sheer beauty and striking vocals of Lani Hall, there’s no way you can go wrong!


I have been listening to Brasil 66 since their beginning. Saw them in concert in 1968. Absolutely awesome !!! They have withstood the test of time. Sergio Mendes took Lani Hall and Janice Hansen and created the perfect vocal blend, added the superb instrumentals and made the perfect bossa nova group. An absolute classic album.

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