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  • 1. She's a Carioca
    2. Agua de Beber
    3. Surfboard
    4. Useless Landscape
    5. So' Tinha de Ser Com Voce - (Portuguese)
    6. Felicidade, A - (Portuguese)
    7. Bonita
    8. Favela - (Portuguese)
    9. Valsa de Porto das Caixas
    10. Samba Do Aviao - (Portuguese)
    11. Por Toda a Mimha Vida - (Portuguese)
    12. Dindi
    13. Hurry up and Love Me
    14. Pardon My English
    15. Bonita
    16. Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce :: Someone To Light Up My Life
    17. Off-Key :: Desafinado
    18. Photograph - (Portuguese)
    19. Surfboard
    20. Outra Vez :: Once Again
    21. I Was Just One More For You - (Portuguese) :: Esperanca Perdida - (Portuguese)
    22. Estrada Do Sol :: Road To The Sun
    23. Don't Ever Go Away - (Portuguese) :: Por Causa De Voce - (Portuguese)
    24. Zingaro
    25. Esperanca Perdida :: I Was Just One More For You
    26. Fotographia :: Photograph
    27. Por Causa de Voce :: Don't Ever Go Away
    28. Desafinado :: Off-Key
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46114

  • Credits
    EngineerLowell Frank; Frank Laico

    Personnel includes: Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, guitar); Claus Ogerman, Nelson Riddle (conductor, arranger); Dick Hyman (organ); Luiz Eca (piano).
    Producers include: Jimmy Hilliard, Ray Gilbert, Louis Oliveira, George Lee.
    Recorded between 1965 and 1967. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
    This compilation focuses on an often-overlooked aspect of the legendary Brazilian composer's career: his own recordings. Jobim changed the face of Brazilian music, and pop music in general, by pioneering bossa nova, a genre that fused the Brazilian samba with a jazzy harmonic sensibility and the melodic constructions of American pop composers like Cole Porter and George Gershwin. His songs have been recorded by such American giants as Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz, as well as Brazilians like Astrud & Joao Gilberto. Jobim's own recording career has garnered far less attention than his songs. But these mid-'60s sides show that Jobim had much to offer as an interpreter of his own compositions.
    Jobim's music is soft and sensual, but never loses the underlying rhythmic lilt that is synonymous with bossa nova. Songs like "Agua De Beber" and "Photograph" exemplify his ability to float an elegant melodic line over an irresistible groove. The unusual chord changes and highly evolved harmonic structures of Jobim's compositions, equally influenced by American jazz and Brazilian classicists like Villa-Lobos, are exemplified on "Dindi" and "Desafinado (Off-Key)," whose lyrics cast self-deprecating aspersions on Jobim's endearingly unschooled, often flat singing. A line from "Desafinado" puts it best: "It's a crooked song, but all my love is there."

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (3/97, p.80) - "...Tom is in good voice and has a close touch with the people. His melodies may sound like a Satie sonatina...or a tin-pan alley tango at times, but here he's at his best cruising Rio's beaches like Corcovado with Bonita, Carioca, Dindi, Surfboard, Desafinado, and yes, that omnipresent girl from Ipanema..."
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