Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour
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Like Nico, Astrud Gilberto's everywoman voiced has always had a polarizing effect on critics and fans alike. While her take on bossa nova is less than reverent and decidedly lightweight, the warmth and approachability she brings to each performance is stunning. Verve's lovingly compiled — and blissfully affordable — Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour is as solid a collection of her heady mixture of samba, jazz and pop as you're likely to find. Twenty songs, including the classic "Girl From Ipanema," wash in like waves from the warmest of oceans, carrying with them the soft, reverb-drenched soundtrack to summer. If the tropical heat of "Berimbau," the lazy and lonely pulse of Burt Bacharach's "Trains and Boats and Planes" and the upbeat swing of "Wish Me a Rainbow" don't instantly take the drudgery of your day away, then consider yourself hopelessly bitter. Highly recommended.
Oh so GOOD
Astrud Gilberto: This is one of the finest playlist I have on my Ipod. Her music is wonderful for sitting alone and listing or as background music for conversation. Her voice is always refreshing. Trains and Boats and Planes, a beautiful song.
A terrific introduction to both Ms. Gilberto and the music
This is a terrific introduction not only to the wonderful singing of Astrud Gilberto but also to many of the standards on the compilation. Her versions of these songs have quickly become my favorites and a staple of my ipod rotation. Trains and Boats and Planes almost always brings tears to my eyes.
A must-own album
For the mere $7.99 you'd be a fool to pass up this wonderful and historic collection.
Born: March 30, 1940 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Astrud Gilberto
||The Girl from Ipanema||Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour||5:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Agua de Beber||The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album||2:20||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Girl from Ipanema (Single Version)||Astrud Gilberto: Gold||2:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Who Needs Forever? (Thievery Corporation Remix)||Verve Remixed||4:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Gentle Rain (RJD2 Remix)||Verve Remixed 3||5:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fly Me to the Moon||Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour||2:21||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||So Nice (Summer Samba)||20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best of Astrud Gilberto||2:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Girl from Ipanema||The Diva Series: Astrud Gilberto||5:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Girl from Ipanema||The Very Best of Stan Getz||5:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Agua de Beber (1965 Album Version)||Compact Jazz - Antonio Carlos Jobim||2:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|