is the 1983 Sérgio Mendes studio album by Sérgio Mendes on A&M Records, his first Top 40 album in nearly a decade and a half, and was accompanied by his biggest chart single ever, " Never Gonna Let You Go", a song written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil that reached #4 on the charts. Billboard Hot 100
Track listing [ edit ]
( Douglas Brayfield, Ronaldo Monteiro De Souza, Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins) 3:55 "
Never Gonna Let You Go" ( Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) 4:15 "My Summer Love"
( Adrienne Anderson, Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Chamfort) 4:00 "Carnaval Festa Do Interior"
( Mary Ekler, Moraes Moreira, Abel Silva) 3:50 "Rainbow's End"
( Don Freeman, David Batteau) 4:03 "Love Is Waiting"
(David & Jenny Batteau, Don Freeman) 3:47 "Dream Hunter"
(Danny Sembello, Michael Sembello) 3:02 "Life In The Movies"
(Michael Sembello, Dennis Matkosky) 3:52 "Si Senor"
( Juan Carlos Calderón) 3:46
Personnel [ edit ]
Ed Greene, John Robinson, Raymond Pounds, Teo Lima, Vinnie Colaiuta: drums Edson Aparecido da Silva (AKA
Cafe), Ron Powell, Sebastiao Neto, Steve Forman: percussion
Louis Johnson, Nathan East, Nathan Watts: bass Ben Bridges,
John Pisano, Michael Sembello, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau: guitars Sérgio Mendes: keyboards, acoustic piano, synthesizers, percussion
Don Freeman: acoustic piano,
clavinet, backing vocals
Robbie Buchanan: acoustic piano & Fender Rhodes
Michael Boddicker: synthesizers
Bill Reichenbach, Ernie Watts, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey: horns Bill Martin, Carol Rogers, Dan Sembello, Geoff Lieb, Gracinha Leporace,
Joe Pizzulo, Leza Miller, Michael Sembello, Robert Martin, Suzanne Wallach, Carol Rogers: vocals and backing vocals
Reception [ edit ]
In his review of the album,
AllMusic’s Richard S. Ginell gave it two stars (of a possible five). He took aim at the hit "Never Gonna Let You Go", calling it “a saccharine ballad, where Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller sing their banalities while Sergio strums and comps on synthesizers.” He was critical of the album as a whole too, saying “To say that anyone could have made this record may be overstating the case, but the fact is that there is no way of knowing that this is a Sergio Mendes record without looking at the jacket.”
Chart performance [ edit ]
Billboard 200 27
Billboard R&B Albums 22
Cash Box Albums 33
References [ edit ]