Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 is the first album by Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '66 (A&M 1966), released on Herb's own A&M label. Going Out Of My Head was a cover version of the 1964 Little Anthony and the Imperials single, but it's my favourite version, helped by the bossa nova time signature, and the great vocals by the Lani Hall and Janis Hansen. Beautiful song, beautifully rendered.
La Sera (Italian for evening) is an American indie rock band formed by Katy Goodman, the bassist for Vivian Girls, in 2010. This is the excellently short pop song Sleeptalking, from their eponymous debut LP La Sera (Hardly Art 2011).
For another classic, Julie London. Julie London (née Peck; September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress whose career spanned more than 40 years. A torch singer noted for her sultry, languid contralto vocals, London recorded over thirty albums of pop and jazz standards between 1955 and 1969. This is her wonderful version of the Bart Howard 1954 show classic Fly Me To The Moon. Oddly, not released as a single, but was featured on her fourteenth LP The End of the World (Mono: Liberty 1960, Stereo: Liberty 1963).
Count Luka Sorkočević (Italian: Luca Sorgo; January 13, 1734 – September 11, 1789) was composer from the Republic of Ragusa, an aristocratic maritime republic centred on the city of Dubrovnik . His music has been preserved, like other Sorkočević family possessions, in the archives of the Dubrovnik Franciscan convent. He is known as the first Croatian symphonist. This is the second Andante section of his Symphony in D major No.3, recorded by the Zagrebački Solisti (Zagreb Soloists), from their album Simfonije (Yugoslavia: Fonoars 1975).
We finish with some modern French dream pop with a brace of videos from Melody's Echo Chamber, the project of French musician Melody Prochet. First, the official video for You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me, and then we conclude with the wonderfully weird (pun intended) and ambient Snowcapped Andes Crash, both from her debut LP Melody's Echo Chamber (Weird World 2012). Buy here. Until next week ...