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Sergio Mendes
Stillness

  (Item #: mendestill_1806_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.99 (You save $20.00 / 13%)


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you are looking for killer sound, with music every bit as wonderful, look no further -- this is the record for you
  • Their Psych Masterpiece and a permanent member of our Top 100 list -- we're crazy about Sergio's Forgotten Psych Classic from 1970
  • "Stillness is the great sleeper album of Sergio Mendes' first A&M period." -- Allmusic
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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Fool on the Hill

  (Item #: mendefoolo_1804_1902) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • Excellent sound on both sides, each rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it - quiet vinyl too
  • Sergio's unique rearrangement of two songs in particular here make this a Must Own album: Scarborough Fair and The Fool On The Hill
  • We rarely have had good copies on the site up in recent years - these are tough to come by in clean condition with this kind of sound
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Even though he had become thoroughly embedded in the consciousness of mainstream America, Mendes still managed to have it three ways, exposing first-class tunes from little-known Brazilian talent, garnering commercial hits, and also making some fine records."
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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Crystal Illusions

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: mendecryst_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

A White Hot Stamper side one on this A&M LP means it's the BEST sounding copy of Crystal Illusions to ever hit the site. Yes, it's a recording that has many problems, but the best copies seem to be able to overcome most of them, and that's precisely what we are offering here: a White Hot copy that gets the sound of this music about as right as it's going to get. And the vinyl is QUIET.

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Ye-Me-Le

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: mendeyemel_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Ye-Me-Le.

The first three tracks on side 1 are the best reason to own this album, especially the first two (Wichita Lineman and Norwegian Wood), which are as good as anything the group ever did. I'm a big fan so that has to be seen as high praise indeed.

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Ye-Me-Le

our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: mendeyemel_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

THE BEST SIDE ONE WE’VE HEARD! It’s big and bold, with dramatically less grit and grain than the average copies. This White Hot Ye-Me-Le has MINDBLOWING, YOU ARE THERE IMMEDIACY and MASTER TAPE SOUND on side one. The sound is punchy and lively with wonderful transparency. You can really hear the sound of the room around the musicians! Many of the tracks on this copy are DEMO DISC quality.

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 - Fool on the Hill

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: mendefoolo_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

EXCELLENT SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! It’s rich, full-bodied, and sweet, with super-low distortion and breathtaking transparency. Side Two rates A+++, As Good As It Gets! The vocals on this copy were as sweet as we have ever heard for this record.

The average copy of this record is thin, aggressive and irritating. What separates the best copies like this one from the typical bad sounding copies is more extension on the top end to balance out the upper midrange and lower highs, as well as more weight on the bottom end, to anchor and balance out the sound.

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Sergio Mendes - Equinox

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mendeequin_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Original A&M pressing has one of THE BEST SIDE ONES WE’VE EVER HEARD backed with a side two that's nearly as amazing! The sound is DEMO DISC QUALITY from start to finish, first note to last. Side two was no slouch either, with A Double Plus sound, very nearly as good as we heard but falling just a tad shy of the best in the loudest passages. These old Sergio Mendes records can be VERY DYNAMIC, and only the best of the best will allow those dynamics to explode naturally, with the kind of ease that you only hear in analog.

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Sergio Mendes - Equinox

Botnick and Levine Knocked This One Out of the Park

  (Item #: mendeequin_botnick) 



The music is of course wonderful, but what separates Sergio from practically all of his '60s contemporaries is the AMAZING SOUND of his recordings. Like their debut, this one was engineered by the team of Bruce Botnick and Larry Levine. Botnick is of course the man behind the superb recordings of The Doors, Love and others too numerous to mention.
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Sergio Mendes - Look Around

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: mendelooka_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Finally, Hot Stampers are here for this notoriously difficult to reproduce recording. This side one was KILLER, earning a grade of A++ to A+++! It’s big and bold, with dramatically less grit and grain than the average copy. The sound is punchy and lively with wonderful transparency. You can really hear the sound of the room around the musicians with this one. Some of the tracks on this side one are DEMO DISC quality.

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Sergio Mendes - Look Around

Speakers Corner Reviewed

  (Item #: mendelooka_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: C

We were fairly impressed with the Speakers Corner pressing of this album when it came out on Heavy Vinyl years ago. Since then we have learned a lot. Their version is okay, not bad, but by no stretch of the imagination can it compete with any Hot Stamper pressing.

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Sergio Mendes - Look Around

Then Listen for the Huge Room on Roda

  (Item #: mendelooka_listen_2014) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

If you have a good copy of Look Around and a high-rez stereo/room and want to have some fun, play the second track on side one, Roda. In the left channel there is some double-tracked clapping (or two people, how could you tell the difference?) in a HUGE room. Actually although it sounds like a huge room it's probably a normal sized room with lots of reverb added. Either way it sounds awesome.

These hand claps drive the energy and rhythm of the song, and they are so well recorded you will think the back wall of your listening room just collapsed behind the left speaker. On the truly transparent copies the echo goes WAY back.

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Sergio Mendes - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

Bruce Botnick and The Big Bottom End

  (Item #: mendesergi_botnick) 



What separates Sergio from practically all of his '60s contemporaries is the AMAZING SOUND of his recordings. The first album was recorded by the legendary BRUCE BOTNICK, the man behind the superb recordings of The Doors, Love and others too numerous to mention. This, in my opinion, is his Masterpiece. The Doors albums Bruce recorded represent some of his best work, but what Doors album sounds as good as Sergio's debut? I can't name one. [Actually I can: the first album, when you get the right pressing. It's out of this world.]
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Sergio Mendes - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: mendesergi_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

MASTER TAPE SOUND AND QUIET VINYL THROUGHOUT! Both sides are lively and transparent with super low distortion and lovely breathy vocals. The sound is Right On The Money all the way around -- superb clarity, mind-blowing transparency and tons of dynamics. This copy is ALIVE! The drums and percussion are powerful and punchy with lots of room around them, and the bass is PERFECTION. There's plenty of whomp and lots of extension on the top end. This side two really conveys a sense of the amazing performances of these great musicians. It's rich, full, smooth, sweet, open, spacious -- everything you'd expect from an A+++ / A+++ record.

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Sergio Mendes - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

MoFi Debunked

  (Item #: mendesergi_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame pressing and another MoFi LP debunked.

So spitty and thin! Why, in God's name, why?

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Sergio Mendes - Stillness

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: mendestill_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO AMAZING SIDES, including a BETTER THAN WHITE HOT A++++ SIDE TWO! That's right folks, four pluses! This is an incredibly well-recorded album and a member of our Top 100, in fact. The soundfield itself has a three-dimensional quality that will absolutely blow you away. If you are looking for DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND with music every bit as good, look no further - this record is for you.

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Sergio Mendes - Stillness

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: mendestill_depth) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Stillness.

If you are looking for DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND with music every bit as wonderful, look no further -- this is the record for you.

If I had one song to play to show what my stereo can really do, For What It's Worth on a Hot Stamper copy would probably be my choice. I can't think of any material that sounds better. It's amazingly spacious and open, yet punchy and full bodied the way only vintage analog recordings ever are.

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Sergio Mendes And Brazil ’66 - Stillness

(Reversed Phase Copy)

  (Item #: mendestill_polarity) 



This is one of the Pressings We’ve Discovered with Reversed Polarity.

This was a SEALED copy of Stillness, one of my favorite records of all time. Side two of this album is possibly THE MOST MAGICAL side of an album I’ve ever played. I don’t know of any other record like it. It seems to be in a class of its own. It’s my current favorite test disc as well [or was at the time anyway]. All tweaks and equipment changes and room treatments must pass the Stillness test. To fail to make this record sound better is to fail completely. The production is so dense, and so difficult to reproduce properly, that only recently have I begun to hear just how good this record can sound.

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Sergio Mendes Discography

  (Item #: allsergiomendes) 



1966 Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
1967 Equinox
1967 Look Around
1968 Fool on the Hill
1969 Crystal Illusions
1969 Ye-Me-Le
1970 Stillness
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Sergio Mendes on LP

Diminishing Returns in Audio?

  (Item #: mendesergi_diminishing) 



Diminishing returns? Sez who? In our opinion, it's another Old and Pernicious Myth.

I often read this comment in audio magazines regarding the piece of equipment under review, as if to say that we are so close to audio perfection that a gain of a few percent is the most we can hope for from this or that new megabuck amp or speaker. In my experience the exact opposite is true.

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Sergio Mendes

  (Item #: _Mendes) 


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