Album Details

July 02, 1990
World Pacific
Latin, Bossa Nova, Tropicalia, World Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Traditions

Album Review

It is difficult to overstate or overhype the importance of this CD, for it exhaustively documents the starting point of bossa nova in Brazil prior to the global craze. The building blocks are solidly in place -- João Gilberto's highly distinctive, pioneering acoustic guitar rhythms, his precisely enunciated vocals (not recorded too closely for a change), the stripped-down, samba-based percussion, Antonio Carlos Jobim's extraordinary songs, and most tellingly on many tracks, Jobim's spare, often-copied backdrops and countermelodies for strings, winds, and horns that are so much a part of his compositions. We can eavesdrop on the exact beginning of the bossa nova movement with the 1958 single containing Jobim's "Chega de Saudade" and Gilberto's "Bim Bom"; one can easily see why this quietly revolutionary record hit the Brazilian music scene like a silent cruise missile. Moreover, the second single was "Desafinado," a fully formed masterpiece long before it became an international hit, with Gilberto producing a precision-cut gem of vocal pinpointing. Along with the singles, there are three albums of material squeezed onto one CD, 38 tracks in all, of which only a dozen surfaced in the U.S. on LP at the time. In addition to Jobim's songs, there are plenty of first-rate contributions by Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi, Ary Barroso, Carlos Lyra, and other writers. And perhaps most importantly, besides being historically indispensable and an extraordinary deal for the consumer, this music is an absolute pleasure to hear.
Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Chega de Saudade
  2. Desafinado
  3. One Note Samba
  4. O Pato
  5. Bolinha de Papel
  6. O Amor Em Paz
  7. Trêvo de 4 Folhas
  8. O Barquinho
  9. Lobo Bobo
  10. Bim Bom
  11. Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá
  12. Aos Pés da Cryz
  13. É Luxo Só
  14. Outra Vez
  15. Coisa Mais Linda
  16. Este Seu Olhar
  17. Trenzinho (Trem de Ferro)
  18. Brigas, Nunca Mais
  19. Saudade Fez Um Samba
  20. Amor Certinho
  21. Insensatez
  22. Rosa Morena
  23. Morena Boca de Ouro
  24. Maria Ninguem
  25. A Primeira Vez
  26. Presente de Natal
  27. Samba de Minha Terra
  28. Saudade da Bahia
  29. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
  30. Só Em Teus Braços
  31. Meditation (Meditação)
  32. Você E Eu
  33. Doralice
  34. Discussão
  35. Se e Tarde Me Perdoa
  36. Un Abraço No Bonfá
  37. Manha de Carnaval
  38. Medley: O Nosso Amor/A Felicidade