Sergio Mendes/Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Sergio Mendes (vocals, piano); Gracinha Leporace, Lani Hall, Karen Philipp (vocals); John Pisano, Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar); Dom Um Romao (drums, percussion); Rubens Bassini, Sebastian Neto (percussion).
The fourth album by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, 1968's FOOL ON THE HILL, managed to maintain the high quality of previous Brasil '66 outings, while introducing some new compositions from the relatively unknown Edu Obo--one of which, "Casa Forte," has since become a bossa nova standard. Although arranger Dave Grusin supplies tasteful orchestral backing on the slower numbers ("Canto Triste," "When Summer Turns To Snow") as well as on the title track, it's the Afro-derived groovers like "Upa, Neguinho" and "Lapina" which stand out, especially with their infectious choruses sung in Portuguese. As usual, star vocalist Lani Hall confidently takes the lead on the hit singles "Fool On The Hill" and the definitive cover version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair." But it's the Brazilian-born guest vocalist Gracinha Leporace (later a regular member of Brasil '77) who steals the show on "Lapina," though Hall gets some of her own back leading the group vocal on the lively closer, "Laia Ladaia (Reza)."