Pelé (album)

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Pelé
Pele Sergio Mendes.jpeg
Soundtrack album by
Released1977
Recorded1977
GenreBossa nova, Música popular brasileira
Length33:03
LabelAtlantic SD 18231[1]
ProducerSérgio Mendes
Sérgio Mendes chronology
Sergio Mendes and the New Brasil '77
(1977)
Pelé
(1977)
Brasil '88
(1978)

Pelé is a 1977 album by the Brazilian composer and arranger Sérgio Mendes and the Brazilian footballer Pelé. It was the soundtrack for a documentary about Pelé's life.[2] The album was Pelé's debut as a singer and songwriter. Pelé sings on "Meu Mundo É uma Bola (My World Is a Ball)" and "Cidade Grande (Big City)", accompanied largely by Gracinha Leporace.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Fred Beldin reviewed the reissue of the album for Allmusic and wrote that "...the sounds are as lilting and tropical as all of the Brazilian light jazz specialist's work, though there are a few moments of quiet brooding that are unexpected. While plenty of non-musical celebrities have embarrassed themselves with their attempts at pop stardom, Pelé's contributions are pleasant and low-key". Beldin wrote of Pelé and Gracinha Leporace's vocals that her "soft, sweet tones blend smoothly with the soccer star to ensure that he never strays into discordant territory".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "O Carocao do Rei (The King's Heart)" – 1:35
  2. "Meu Mundo É uma Bola (My World Is a Ball)" – 4:07
  3. "Memorias (Memories)" – 1:06
  4. "Nascimento (Birth)" – 0:31
  5. "Voltando a Bauru (Back to Bauru)" – 2:52
  6. "Cidade Grande (Big City)" – 0:50
  7. "Cidade Grande (Big City)" – 2:24
  8. "Alma Latina (Latin Soul)" – 3:21
  9. "A Tristeza do Adeus (The Sadness of Goodbye)" – 1:32
  10. "A Tristeza do Adeus (The Sadness of Goodbye)" – 4:44
  11. "Na Bahia (In Bahia)" – 2:43
  12. "Amore e Agressao (Love and Aggression)" – 3:26
  13. "Meu Mundo É uma Bola (My World Is a Ball)" – 3:52

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sergio Mendes and Pelé – Pelé". discogs.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Pelé at AllMusic