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Amoroso / Brasil

Joao GilbertoAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the ... Read more in Amazon's Joao Gilberto Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002MHX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Amoroso: 'S Wonderful
2. Amoroso: Estate
3. Amoroso: Tin Tin Por Tin Tin
4. Amoroso: Besame Mucho
5. Amoroso: Wave
6. Amoroso: Caminhos Cruzados
7. Amoroso: Triste
8. Amoroso: Zingaro
9. Brasil: Aquarela Do Brasil
10. Brasil: Disse Alguem (All Of Me)
11. Brasil: Bahia Com H
12. Brasil: No Tabuleiro Da Baiana
13. Brasil: Milagre
14. Brasil: Cordeiro De Nana

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Joao Gilberto is a genius singer and the originator of Brazilian bossa nova. His double release Amoroso/Brasil combines 2 of of the best albums of his later career in one CD. The Amoroso section ('77) displays the tranquil, fluid perfection of Gilberto's vocals. The string arrangements are somewhat heavy, but well-composed and appropriate. Joao sings with a fascinating combination of vocal control and sensuality, as on a torrid version of "Besame Mucho". The syncopated skip of his vocal lines on Jobim classics such as "Wave" is breathtaking. Great music for slow, steamy dancing. The Brasil section ('80) is my favorite, because of a more samba style, lighter arrangements, and delightful guest vocals by Caetano Veloso, G.Gil and Maria Bethania. For enjoying soft, relaxed Brazilian music, this double album is the one of the very best.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brasil" is essential January 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD includes two of Jo„o Gilberto's albums: Amoroso (1977) on tracks 1-8, and the tiny Brasil (1981) from 9-14. I could assign this CD 5 stars simply in virtue of the second part; it is worth getting the whole CD just for those 6 tracks.
I agree with the opinion below that Claus Ogerman's orchestral arrangements really do a disservice to Amoroso. To my ear, having heard many other of Gilberto's recordings, Ogerman just doesn't "get it"; his arrangements sometimes seem to me to undermine Gilberto's way of developing the song. For me the most annoying example is comparing "Zingaro" in this album with the live version in Gilberto's live Montreux CD (there it's titled "Retrato em Branco e Preto"). In the live version, Jo„o's interpretation builds up a lot of tension in the verses; in the studio version, Ogerman's arrangements utterly destroy this tension. Really, the only song where I think the orchestral arrangements adds anything is "Tin Tin Por Tin Tin". I my Jo„o Gilberto stars scale, Amoroso gets three stars (which translates into about four stars in my lesser artists scale).
The second album included in the CD, Brasil, is a whole another story. This has got to be some of the gentlest and most delightful music ever recorded. On this album Gilberto is accompanied by fellow Brazilian stars Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania. This album is very fundamentally about the contrast between the voices; the most common arrangement is to have them take turns in singing the verses of the song one after the other, almost impossibly softly, each with their own subtly different phrasing. In the context of this incredibly quiet album, the phrasing differences stand out quite dramatically for those who listen for them. One really gets to hear these familiar people's voices in a new way by juxtaposing them. (I can imagine, however, that familiarity with the artists helps in appreciating this album.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little heavy on the syrup August 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Claus Ogerman's orchestral arrangements worked to great effect on Jobim's instrumental recordings in the 60's, because they didn't have a voice to contend with. They aren't exactly detrimental to Gilberto's "Amoroso", but they are pretty much superfluous. The problem with any backing for Gilberto is that it only serves to detract from his voice and guitar work. He's at his best when he's playing solo, or with some spare drums. Nevertheless, one can't be satisfied doing the very same thing over and over, and these recordings from the mid 70s and early 80s are very good indeed. The second half of the disc features Joao with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, two guys--like many Brazilian musicians--who fell under the influence of Joao. They come together beautifully on "Bahia com H", "Aquarelo do Brasil" and "Disse Alguem"--a very peppy Brazilian reworking of the standard "All of Me". The earlier sessions--the ones with Ogerman's strings--feature Jobim's "Triste" and Joao's signature reworking of the Gershwins' "'S Wonderful". All in all, very good stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece PLUS a great album July 9, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
As many reviewers have said, tracks 9-14 are worth the price of the album. These tracks are simply astonishing. I first heard three or four of them over the internet and on various mix CDs that my friends had. I was drawn to "Aquarela do Brasil" and "Disse Alguem" especially, and you could tell that it was the same session. I told myself I had to find such an album. (You see Mr. Record Company, many file sharers do go out and buy CDs!)
Wasn't I suprised to find the Brasil album (tracks 9-14) together with Amoroso (1-8). Maybe I'm a little more used to sappy strings than some other people, but they don't bother me so much. Heck, as long as I can hear Joao's voz e violao, I'm a happy man.
If the somewhat negative reviews of the first half of the CD are making some of you hesitant to purchase this wonderful music, I need only remind you that some people buy a disc for only one song. Well, here you're gonna find six wonderful ones for sure, and maybe a few more, depending on your taste in strings.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true master class... March 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a singer I must say that Jo„o, one of the greatest singers of all time, is a true professor. He is a soulful artist, and we can notice that the first time we listen to his voice. Very touching!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Brazilian Serenade March 22, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Jo‚o Gilberto invented a new style of singing, with sharp precision, a minimum of volume and a maximum of cool swing. With his soft natural voice, he became not only the most important Brazilian musician ever but one of the world's most original and influential vocalists. The samba beat, which formerly required an entire section of percussionists, was condensed into the simple action of Jo‚o strumming his guitar." ~ Nelson Motta ~

With Johnny Mandel and Claus Ogerman, two of the most brilliant arrangers and orchestrators the music world has ever known, Jo‚o Gilberto is in very good hands on these recordings. Having earned multiple Grammy awards, both arrangers have proven their worth in the field of arranging and orchestration with their respective bodies of work that define brilliance and ingenuity. They have never failed to impress the listeners.

A Grammy award winner, Jo‚o Gilberto is a household name when it comes to Bossa Nova music. His most celebrated recordings include his debut album Chega De Saudade (1958), Getz/Gilberto (1965), Amoroso (1977) and Brasil (1981). He has collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Caetano Veloso and Astrud Gilberto, among many others.

The first eight tracks on this disc are from his
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bossa Nova
Fantastic. Bossa Nova is my favorite of all the Brazilian music.
Published 1 month ago by Allie June Aleixo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it...
Order came very quickly and was just as I expected. I love this CD!
Published 3 months ago by Paula Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
Soft, sexy, now eternal. The beginning of the new 60's inimitable sound from Brazil is purely found on this CD.
Published 5 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this so much I purchased two, one for myself and one for a...
This is one CD I would purchase over and over again. I recommend it to anyone who cares about music. Joao Gilberto is a master and should be in anyone's collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay nothing more.
Gilberto sounds tiired out....did he do these when he was older ? The back up isn't too great either. Sorry I ordered it. Maybe it's just not a good selection of his work.
Published 6 months ago by Robby
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Wonderful. Loved the orchestrations.language accent was a little strong but, one you get beyond that, the Brazilian music exquisitely done.
Published 9 months ago by Julia Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Collection
A little dated on the production of some numbers unless one enjoys the "luscious strings" inherent in late sixties productions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Len
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!!!
I listen to this CD all the time. Talk about sexy, romantic music! This is Brasilian music at it's best. Well worth the money.
Published 11 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Singer!
The singer does a fine job on all selections. A pleasure to listen to. Well worth the price. Recommend highly.
Published 16 months ago by Buford
5.0 out of 5 stars BOSSANOVA
Love, love, love Joao's voice this album is great, another bossanova beat which I seem to love, I can put any of the three CD's on at night when I'm in bed and I am asleep before... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dusty Anderson
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