Offered for sale is an original U.S. white label promotional pressing of Crystal Illusions by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66.
About this copy: This copy of Crystal Illusions is a 1969 U.S. pressing on the A&M label.
The cover is VG++, with no wear, but with a small split (3 cm) at the top edge. The cover still has the original shrink wrap.
There is a hype sticker on the wrap that promotes “The Dock of the Bay” and “Pretty World.” A sticker attached to the back cover says “Promotional Copy Not For Sale.”
The white label promo disc is M- and looks unplayed. 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.
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:
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|Year of Release:||1969|