Thursday, February 07, 2008

by Anonymous

Lani Hall "Sundown Lady" 1972

Lani Hall was the main vocalist for Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 on the record of theirs that I like the most - Stillness. It's their folk-rock record and it has the standard covers that you would expect ("For What It's Worth" e.g), but as a fan of summery folk and the bossa sound - it's good stuff and the song "Righteous Life" is a stunner. But nobody really liked this direction for them at the time and they went back and returned with País Tropical, without Hall. By then Hall had hooked up with Sergio Mendes tourmates Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass and began seeing (and eventually marrying) Herb Alpert. I have often wondered if Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass and Sergio Mendes and his Brasil '66 ever got together to play soccer or basketball or if they were more like vicious rivals, often engaging in chain fights. I prefer the latter scenario.

Lani's strong, intimate way of singing made her a prime candidate for a solo career, which she began with Alpert at the console. Out comes Sundown Lady in '72. The lead-off track is "Love Song", a slinky, funky reworking of the Lesley Duncan song that Elton John also thought to cover on Tumbleweed Connection. Hall's version is soft, braced by a light funk rhythm and brightened up by some gentle work on the keys and some slick bass style. It really has a great, breezy funk-folk feel that you don't find often enough. Ease back a bit. Take a look out towards the horizon. Imagine kicking a beach ball across the sand . .. then tripping and falling on your face and cutting your chin on a rock, and then just standing up and laughing and pretending like it's all good, but really you're very dizzy and should probably go to a doctor. Actually, just imagine the beach part. Forget the rest. Hope you don't mind the crackles - this one's hot off the hi-fi. Have a listen.


Blogger ish said...

Oh man! Not only have I been looking for this for ever, but I put this on my own blog's wantlist with zilch response. For this post, I'm gonna link you in my favorite blogs.

Do you happen to have Hello it's me or Sweet Bird?

Stop on by my place.
thanks thanks thanks!

08 February, 2008 12:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see that there is someone else who feels that bossa nova is as much folk as jazz (try most of Joyce's many albums).

09 February, 2008 01:24  
Blogger wkc said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

12 February, 2008 06:19  
Blogger jm said...

Thanks so much for this!! Been looking for the old Lani Hall and Esther Satterfield A&M albums.

21 February, 2008 17:30  
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21 February, 2008 17:31  
Blogger bowlisha1 said...

Thank you so much for sharing your copy. I was playing mine and decided to see if anyone possibly had one posted that was in better shape than mine.
I have to admit our copies are close but thankfully yours is a little better than mine.

I am truly grateful. You saved me a bit of conversion work and provided me with a better copy than my original vinyl one.

Thank you again.

30 March, 2008 09:06  
Blogger Wille said...

Hello, do you happen to have Lani Halls 1982 album "Lani" in spanish? It has an amazing Sergio Mendez medley I've been longing to hear again.

07 December, 2008 01:43  
Blogger freqazoidiac said...

I'm glad to have found this on wax today. One of the best of the Alpert/Mendez related LP's.

not a surprise to this blog
posted it. Keep it real! Peace

02 April, 2011 17:50  

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