Fool on the Hill (album)

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Fool on the Hill
Studio album by
Released 1968
Recorded 1968
Studio Frankfurt, Germany
Genre Bossa nova
Label A&M
Producer Sérgio Mendes
Sérgio Mendes chronology
Look Around
Fool on the Hill
Crystal Illusions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]

Fool on the Hill is the first studio album by Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '66 released in 1968.

This is the first album featuring the second edition of Brasil '66. Mendes replaced all of the original band members (with the exception of lead singer Lani Hall). The dismissed members went on to form the short-lived group, The Carnival, which released one self-titled album in 1969. This is also the first appearance of Gracinha Leporace in a Sérgio Mendes album.

The album features two top 10 pop singles: the title track and "Scarborough Fair". The Simon & Garfunkel cover was featured in both the trailer and the soundtrack for the 1973 film Heavy Traffic.

Track listing

  1. "The Fool on the Hill" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:15
  2. "Festa" (Dori Caymmi, Paulo César Pinheiro, Lani Hall) – 4:18
  3. "Casa Forte" (Edu Lobo) – 4:04
  4. "Canto Triste" (Lobo, Vinícius de Moraes, Hall) – 4:17
  5. "Upa, Neguinho" (Lobo, Gianfrancesco Guarnieri) – 2:54
  6. "Lapinha" (Baden Powell, Paulo César Pinheiro) – 3:08
  7. "Scarborough Fair" (Traditional, arranged by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel) – 3:19
  8. "When Summer Turns To Snow" (Dave Grusin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman) – 5:07
  9. "Laia Ladaia" (Reza) (Lobo, Ruy Guerra, Norman Gimbel) – 3:13




Chart (1967) position
US Billboard 200[3] 3
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[4] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 10


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Fool on the Hill > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Sérgio Mendes & Brasil 66". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Sérgio Mendes & Brasil 66 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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