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Beach Samba

Beach Samba

October 12, 1993

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 20, 1993
  • Release Date: September 20, 1993
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1993 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 44:03
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  • ASIN: B001NZL6OA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,862 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This record, excluding the bonus tracks, is ballads, mostly jazz standards. If you are looking for bossa nova, this is not the album for you.
Astrud Gilberto has a wonderful voice, and the arrangements are pretty. If memory serves, all songs are sung in English. There are two tracks I really don't like. 'A Banda (Parade)' because just don't like the song, and 'You didn't have to be so nice', which she sings with her son (way too cute). On the other hand, 'Misty Roses' and 'I had the Craziest Dream' and quite nice.
The five bonus tracks are more to my taste. They all come from the album 'A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness', which is available on CD, and is more in the bossa nova style. I particularly like 'Goodbye Sadness', both for the song and the performance by Astrud and the Walter Wanderly Trio.
The CD comes with a reproduction of the original album artwork, which is entertaining and endearing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on November 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"I still believe that the simplest thing to do is what pleases you. I sing what I like, whether the song is American, French or something else. I feel a song should give you pleasure, whether or not you're dancing and even if you've heard it many times before." ~ Astrud Gilberto ~

Put some brilliant arrangers, talented instrumentalists, an unbelievably musically sensitive songbird with a unique vocal style together, add seventeen lovely standard pop songs in a recording session and the end result would be an outstanding and remarkable compilation CD such as this. You can't go wrong with this one, very highly recommended.

The brilliant arrangers are Don Sebesky and Eumir Deodato. The talented instrumentalists are Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Ron Carter (bass), Hubert Laws (flute), Bobby Rosengarten and Grady Tate (drums), Ernie Royal (trumpet) and Walter Wanderley (organ), among many others. And of course the songbird with a unique voice is Astrud Gilberto.

The first 12 tracks are from the original recording of "Beach Samba" and tracks 13 through 17 are bonus tracks and were originally issued on the album "A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness."

Listen to her interpretation of Harry Warren and Mack Gordon's dreamiest song "I Had The Craziest Dream," which was introduced in a 1942 movie "Springtime In The Rockies," and you'll totally agree with me that it's the best version of this classic gem. Don Sebesky did an excellent job on the bossa nova arrangement. One of my all-time favorites is Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's rainy-day mood song, "Here's That Rainy Day," and hers is my top favorite for female vocals and for male vocals, it's Kenny Rankin from "The Kenny Rankin Album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As Astrud recordings go, this one is pretty much out of the normal fold. But that's not a bad thing at all.
Most of this cd is pretty smooth, soft and easy. That's true for most of her recordings, so perhaps I should elaborate. This is very ballad and "standard" oriented, and not so much Samba-ish as her other recordings.
It's a very good release. And, although I can't put my finger on it, and words as to why generally escape me, it is one of my favorites.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos from Rio on November 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
She's Brazilian, no doubt.

However she's never recorded even a note in Brazil.

Legend says she started by being asked to test a voice track in the famous Joao Gilberto recording with Stan Getz. The rest is history: her "The Girl from Ipanema" rendition has grown to be a master of cool Bossa Nova.

What is remarkable about this eternally fresh voice is that her recordings from the 60s have been issued until today what means you can buy nearly all her output ever since. Here @Amazon you'll find them all! Would you say it's true for most the singers around? Probably not.

There you can find the mind and finger of Creed Taylor, one the major Jazz producers in the area in his impressive collaboration with Verve Records. The ingredients were as usual carefully cooked by the Master: great Bossa Nova and non-Bossa Nova songs, great arrangements by the best arrangers in the place. Ok, this is the magical formula.

This CD 'Beach Samba' contains material from the great original album plus a bonus of 5 tracks from her album 'A Certain Smile'.

The mix for 'Beach Samba' consists of some pop hits - the beautiful Tim Hardin's 'Misty Roses' and 'You Didn't Have to Be So Nice' which she sings gracefully with her young son. Don Sebesky is extraordinarily brilliant in his arragement for 'Misty Roses'.

The Bossa Nova/Brazilian Music quota in the program includes Deodato's arrangements for his compositions 'Canoeiro' and 'Nao Bate o Coracao', also for Luis Bonfa's 'Dia das Rosas' and 'Oba Oba', and for 'The Face I Love' - the Bossa Nova standard in Brazil aka 'Seu Encanto', its original title in Portuguese.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Astrud Gilberto's first wave of success obviously came with her sensational involvement in the bossa nova standard 'Girl From Ipanema' from 1963. As her solo recording career was on the rise, it seems that 'Beach Samba' represented what I feel is the beginning of her next peak in quality, one that would continue with 'A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness' (1967), dip a bit with 'Windy' (1968), and then come to a glorious halt with 'September 17, 1969' (1969). 'Beach Samba' is one of the most feel-good records I've ever heard. Many people criticize it's 'pop' feel, with less bossa nova sensibility. It is indeed noticeable, but doesn't detract from the LP at all, at least not for me. Even the corny duet with son Marcelo, 'You Didn't Have To Be So Nice,' is fun in a 'bonus track' sort of way. It's not meant for serious analysis; just enjoy it (and the rest of this lush pop standard) for what it is: a great album by a great singer.
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