Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66: Going Out of My Head (1966)
Going Out of My Head: Lani Hall (left) Janis Hansen (right) and Sergio Mendes on piano sing the American pop song, “Going Out of My Head,” written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, which was first recorded and sung by Little Anthony and the Imperials in 1964, a version found [here]. I also remember the version by British singer Petula Clark from 1965 [here], which is the one that I remember best. This one, however, has the cool jazz sound of Brazilian bossa-nova, or new wave. And what is old becomes new again, but you have to wait a generation or two. As for the song, I do not view this so much as a love song but as a state of mind. The more discordant a time, the greater is the need to return to an earlier period where existed the promise of finding relief from misery and, perhaps, the possibility of hope.