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While Antonio Carlos Jobim is an essential figure in the music of Brazil, he also created a significant place for himself in American music as a great songwriter and a key figure in the tremendous popularity of bossa nova. Apart from his unique melodic gift, what makes Jobim's work memorable is the complexity of mood he could evoke--the touch of sadness that colors the brightest bossa nova, the irony in the midst of joy, and the mixture of delicacy and resilience in his voice and piano. He was an artist who worked primarily in pastels, but it was his sense of shadows that gave his work its most enduring qualities. Including his most famous tunes and collaborators--like "The Girl from Ipanema" with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto--Jobim's Finest Hour catches it all, from the standard-bearers to such gems as the playful "Aguas de Marco." --Stuart Broomer

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  1. The Girl From Ipanema [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto]João Gilberto and Stan Getz 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Desafinado (Stereo Version) [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim]João Gilberto and Stan Getz 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim]João Gilberto and Stan Getz 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Agua De BeberAntonio Carlos Jobim 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. O Morro Nao Tem VezAntonio Carlos Jobim 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. InsensatezAntonio Carlos Jobim 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Samba De Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)Antonio Carlos Jobim 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. MeditationAntonio Carlos Jobim 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Chega De SaudadeAntonio Carlos Jobim 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. WaveAntonio Carlos Jobim 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. The Girl From IpanemaAntonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. RememberAntonio Carlos Jobim 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Um Rancho Nas NuvensAntonio Carlos Jobim 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Águas De MarçoAntonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Inútil PaisagemAntonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Passarim (English Version)Antonio Carlos Jobim 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Anos DouradosAntonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00004TWRR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. DelParto VINE VOICE on February 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour is an excellent collection of jazz bossanova recordings by one of the leaders of the bossanova sound. Jobim's solo and accompaniment with vocalist Astrud Gilberto and legendary saxophonist, Stan Getz, offers a melodic and sensuous effect to his lush Brazilian sound. The cd's crispsness makes the recordings timeless, but not without a thought of 1960s cocktail sounding nostalgia (dependent on your age, these are tunes you heard your father play on the good ol' hi-fi system). The songs make you imagine you're on a beach with the palm trees gently swaying back and forth, or simply lounging on the patio listening to tracks, such as the all too familiar, "The Girl From Impanema," my favorite version of "Meditation," or the delicious hipster trappings of "Desfinado" with Getz's exceptional sax solo.

Finest Hour will not disappoint those listeners looking for the quiet jazz sounds that whisper in your ear or simply let you relax. So, grab yourself a copy, and while you're at it, mix a cocktail or two and add one of those little umbrellas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sm on August 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD covers all of Jobim's greatest tunes. A large chunk are instrumentals and with Claus Ogerman charts they are very smooth and relaxing. These songs have far more depth and beauty to them than they appear to have at first glance.
Overall, Jobim was better at composing and playing guitar than at singing plus I prefer the more lush orchestra sound over a small combo.
Finally, this CD it also provides a good time span and variety of Jobim's music (63-86).
If you're JOBIM fan, this is a great point to start at.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Carlos I. Camacho González on May 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This compilation here is a not-very-imaginative rehash of previously released material. The reason I gave it one star is not cause it['s bad], but because ALL of the songs here one can get in more attractive/comprehensive packages, such as: "Getz/Gilberto" (a masterpiece), "Composer of Desafinado Plays" (a cool record) or "The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook" compilation from Verve, which is really cool. So there! If you are really interested in Antonio Brasileiro, skip this one and go for the real deal.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Angel Zenteno Hernandez on July 28, 2005
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I got this album not by a store nor a friend; but by chance. Suddenly I started to listen to songs my dad was used to play when I was little kid. I got those memories of soft and magical music like being in a paradise, flowers, great meadows... ...when you are a little boy, you can imagine really great things. This excellent album; played by its great composer, can put you there; as it does to me... again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Wynn on January 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
For those beginning to explore the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bossa Nova in general, 'Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour' is a nice first album. The classic versions of "Girl From Ipanema", "Corcovado" and "Desafinado" with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto are included with this compilation, but the best material on this CD are the tracks from Jobim's 1963 'The Composer of Desafinado, Plays' album, which are beautiful instrumental versions of his best-known compositions, complete with Claus Ogerman's lush orchestra. Some might think that these particular tracks sound like "Elevator Music", but listen carefully and you'll find a depth of emotion and beauty in Jobim's spare, haunting piano playing and sideman Jimmy Cleveland's trombone solos that will change your preconceptions about lush orchestral music.

One Warning: 'Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour' has a mislabeled track, "O Morro Nao Tem Vez (AKA Favela)" is actually "Amor Em Paz ("Once I Loved"). Both tracks are from the "The Composer of Desafinado, Plays" album. The latter is the more popular song, but "O Morro Nao Tem Vez" is one of the most underrated songs Jobim ever wrote and a masterpiece in its own right. The remainder of the songs on 'Finest Hour' come from Jobim's other albums dating from the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. These tracks do not have the same wondrous beauty as those earlier, 1960s-era cuts, (hence the four star rating) but are still worth your undidvided attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Mendoza on August 15, 2003
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The late Antonio Carlos Jobim was certainly one the most innovative musicians of our time. He gave us something else to live by and for. I suggest to everyone who is feeling somewhat troubled, to put this CD on and listen to "Aguas de marco"(Waters of March). The playfulness displayed by Jobim and Elis Regina is bound to make you smile. ALso the classic Girl from Ipanema with that beautiful voice of his.... Uf! something else! What are you waiting for? go and get this album!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Carter on May 7, 2004
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This cd compilation by Jobim has it all.Bosso nova,beautiful music(easy listening elevator music)and even some jazz.Jobim plays the piano on all 17 and sings on some tracks.Claus Ogerman does the lush background music as well as Eumir Deodato.There are 2 versions of the girl from impenema on this cd.The one on track 1 is done vocally by Astrud Gilberto and Jobim.The one on track 11 is done instrumentally.Jobim actually had 4 versions of this song but only 2 are included hear.The lush tracks are really beautiful and make it sound like you are listening to an beautiful music station in fact Jobim was played a lot on beautiful music stations in the 60's,70's and 80's.Hear is a more thural info on tracks.
1)The Girl From Impenema-Vocals by Jobim and Astrud Gilberto.They actually played this version by Jobim on Vegas Vacation when Chevy Chase and Beveraly Deangelo was on the plane going to Las Vegas.
2)Desafinado-Vocal Jobim
3)Corcovado-Vocal
4)Agua De Beber-Instrumental Lush
5)O Morro Nao Tem Vez(aka Favela)-Instrumental Lush
6)Insensatez-Instrumental Lush
7)Samba De Una Note So-Lush Instrumental
8)Mediatation-Instrumental Lush This song got a lot of play on beautiful music stations from Jobim and other artist as well.
9)Chega De Saudade-Instrumental Lush
10)Wave-Instrumental Lush
11)The Girl From Impenema-Instrumental Lush I heard this version on a beautiful music station in Atlanta GA WPCH in the 80's before they changed to soft rock.
12)Remember-Bossa Nova,Jazz,Latin
13)Un Rancho Nas Nuvens-Instrumental Lush
14)Aqueas De Marco-Vocals by Jobim and Elis Regina
15)Inutil Paisagem-Vocals by Jobim and Elis Regina
16)Passarim-Vocal by Jobim with strings and woodwinds
17)Looks Like December-Vocal by Jobim.
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