Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Crystal Illusions original Japan LP with obi


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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Crystal Illusions by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Crystal Illusions is a 1969 Japanese pressing on the A&M label.

The gatefold cover is M- on the outside and VG+ on the inside with moderate foxing.  The obi is M-.

This LP was issued without an insert.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with one or two very faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce (and pretty good) Sergio Mendes LP.

Background: Released in 1969, Crystal Illusions was the fifth album by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. gave Crystal Illusions a 4 star review:

The sound and band that served Sergio Mendes well on Fool on the Hill remain intact on Crystal Illusions, with few modifications. Dave Grusin is right there with a lush, haunting orchestral chart when needed; Lani Hall is thrust further into the vocal spotlight, as cool and alluring as ever in Portuguese or English. …. And yes, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 did take a large risk on the title track, a lengthy, kaleidoscopic treatment of an Edu Lobo tune that, inspired perhaps by “MacArthur Park,” shattered radio’s time barrier at seven minutes and 50 seconds. Yet while Grusin goes into a psychedelic freakout, we get a rare chance to hear Mendes stretch out a bit on electric piano. Weird and overblown, but wonderful.

You can listen to the title track here:

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in