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Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour

Album: Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tristeza More Info... 3:32
2)    The Girl From Ipanema Stereo Version More Info... 5:22
3)    Meditation More Info... 2:40
4)    The Face I Love More Info... 2:07
5)    Corcovado Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars More Info... 4:14
6)    Summer Samba (So Nice) Edit More Info... 2:39
7)    A Felicidade More Info... 2:46
8)    Photograph Album Version More Info... 2:13
9)    It Might As Well Be Spring Live At Carnegie Hall/1964 More Info... 4:25
10)    Wish Me A Rainbow More Info... 2:25
11)    Fly Me To The Moon More Info... 2:18
12)    Crickets Sing For Anamaria More Info... 1:33
13)    Who Needs Forever? More Info... 3:08
14)    How Insensitive More Info... 2:46
15)    Berimbau More Info... 2:26
16)    Come Softly to Me/Hushbye More Info... 2:50
17)    Trains And Boats And Planes More Info... 2:47
18)    Canto de Ossanha (Let Go) More Info... 3:05
19)    I'm Nothin' Without You More Info... 4:23
20)    In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning More Info... 2:15
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Marty Paich (arranger, conductor); Gil Evans (arranger, piano); Eumir Deodato (arranger); Joao Gilberto (guitar, background vocals); Toots Thielemans (guitar); Bud Shank (flute); Phil Bodner, Bill Hammond, Hubert Laws, Seldon Powell, Stan Webb (woodwinds); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Ray Alonge, Earl Chapin, Tony Miranda (French horn); Wayne Andre, Warren Covington, Urbie Green, Tony Studd (trombone); John Horn (tuba); Walter Wanderly (piano, organ); Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Donato (piano); Ron Carter, Tommy Williams, Joe Mondragon (bass); Claudio Sion, Grady Tate (drums); Alan Douglas, Bobby Rosengarden (percussion).
  • Recorded between 1963 & 1967. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
  • Digitally remastered by Up Light (Universal Mastering Studios East).
  • An accidental musical icon, Brazil's Astrud Gilberto became one of bossa nova's superstars in the mid-1960s, when she was unexpectedly drafted to sing English lyrics on her then-husband Joao Gilberto's famous '63 sessions with American saxophonist Stan Getz. One of the resulting songs, "The Girl from Ipanema," became a runaway international hit, and soon Astrud was recording her own albums. This 20-track Verve collection compiles many of Gilberto's best recordings from '63 to '69 (and, inexplicably, one tune from '86), showcasing her gentle, laid-back voice and the music's breezy backing arrangements.
  • In addition to the lilting aforementioned single, ASTRUD GILBERTO'S FINEST HOUR also presents the subdued "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)," both from the GETZ/GILBERTO album, which features the songs' renowned author, singer/multi-instrumentalist Antonio Carlos Jobim. In fact, many of the selections here are penned by Jobim, including the jaunty "A Felicidade" and the string-laden "Photograph." For an ideal introduction to the beautifully delicate and immediately catchy sounds of Astrud Gilberto, there's no better place to start than her FINEST HOUR.
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