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Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim [Original recording remastered]

Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, antonio Carlos Jobin Frank SinatraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000006OBR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Girl From Ipanema
2. Dindi
3. Change Partners
4. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
5. Meditation
6. If You Never Come To Me
7. How Insensitive
8. I Concentrate On You
9. Baubles, Bangles And Beads
10. Once I Loved

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Product Description

Out of print in the U.S.! Antonio Carlos Jobim brings the Bossa Nova beat to Francis Albert Sinatra for this 1967 album, creating a sleek and sexy collection of songs that will appeal to Pop, Easy Listening, Bossa Nova and Lounge fans. Though they are two strong musical personalities, they allow each other plenty of space and, ultimately, Sinatra's voice magnificently soars above Jobim's simple, yet effective Latin-tinged rhythms. Absolutely irresistible. Warner.

Multitalented Brazilian musician Jobim's talent was revealed to a larger world in 1959 by his and Luis Bonfa's score for the film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) in 1959. Songs such as "A Felicidade" and "Desafinado" generated the bossa nova movement of the early '60s that inspired the likes of Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Miles Davis. This 1967 album features Jobim sharing vocals with Sinatra on "The Girl from Ipanema" and "How Insensitive." Three standards--"Change Partners" by Irving Berlin; "I Concentrate on You" by Cole Porter; and Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Alexander Borodin's "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads"--round out the program of seven Jobim tunes. This is a lovely taste of Latin melody and rhythm from two masters of relaxed swing. --Stanley Booth

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It whispers music to the weary spirit March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album because the author (and Sinatra aficionado) Pete Hamill claimed in his book "Why Sinatra Matters" that it was one of Sinatra's best. Nevertheless I was skeptical because quite often a record producer or performer will get the idea that creating a `super group' or pairing two very talented musicians will create a record that is even greater than the sum of its parts. That usually doesn't happen. The usual result is one in which each `diva' takes a turn showcasing his or her talents. "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim" is a rare and very pleasant exception. Although not a 50-50 blend, this album really showcases Sinatra performing the great Jobim's music, the result is virtually flawless.

Sinatra & Jobim was released in the U.S. in 1967 during the height of Brasil's bossa nova invasion. Performers such as Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, enjoyed tremendous influence on U.S. pop music and jazz. Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald and others all absorbed or collaborated in the bossa nova boom. This album and the later "Sinatra and Company" mark Sinatra's footprint in the bossa nova genre.

The CD opens with an excellent cover of The Girl from Ipanema with Sinatra taking verses in English and Jobim in Portuguese. As others have noted, Sinatra's voice is quiet to the point of whispering. Those used to swing era Sinatra and his other full throttle vocals may find is quiet, spare renditions different to say the least. It happens to work in the context of this and other tracks such as Dindi, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and Meditation. Sinatra always had a great feel for interpreting a song and I think his approach to Jobim's songs is dead solid perfect.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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The legendary Ol' Blue Eyes sings the Bossa Nova icon's compositions and does more than justice to his songs. His interpretations are awesomely beautiful and incredibly enchanting. He covers these songs with utmost confidence considering that these songs are not his normal repertoire. In my opinion, this is one of Sinatra's finest albums ever recorded. With A.C. Jobim and one of my favorite conductors/arrangers, Claus Ogerman in the picture, what more can you ask for?

On the opening track, Jobim shares the spotlight with Sinatra on a duet, "The Girl From Ipanema" covering the Portuguese lyrics of this beautiful classic and in my opinion, the most famous of all his compositions. I love his music and have collected a few of his earliest albums. He was one of the few creative musicians who composed, sung, played the piano and guitar. He collaborated with Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, to name a few, and has created wonderful and lovable melodies that are so appealing and pleasing even to the most discriminating ears. Many think of him as Brazil's answer to America's George Gershwin.

Only three out of the ten tracks are non-Jobim compositions, Irving Berlin's "Change Partners," Cole Porter's "I Concentrate On You" and Wright/Forrest/Borodine's "Baubles, Bangles And Beads."

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double the Pleasure October 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Woah...this is one incredible album. Not only do you have Sinatra singing all sorts of different styles, but you've got the great Antonio Carlos Jobim accompaning him on classic guitar and occasionally singing along. "The Girl from Ipanema" is the best version I've heard. So sensual and classic. "I Concentrate on You" is one of the best on this album. It sounds like they really worked on this song, I'm sure it must have been complicated to sing all those different sharp chords. I seem to never get tired of hearing that song. And I keep playing this album, loving it more all the time. All different walks of life visit me, and each person is never disappointed with hearing any one of these songs when I put this on. It's the perfect cd to relax with, and have nice gatherings to as well. Even if one isn't a Sinatra fan, this will make you think twice about the unique it was, and how wonderful the music still is.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness October 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is some of the finest music ever recorded, a product of the pairing of musical geniuses. Mostly A C Jobim compositions, brilliantly, tastefully arranged, backing Sinatra, toned down, singing, cooing softly over the bossa nova jazz. Only one complaint-- not enough of it; the album is really short, some bonus tracks from the session, alternate takes, etc. would be appreciated. The mix and the general sound reproduction is nearly perfect, the remastering flawless-- it sounds great! My favorites: I concentrate on you; on this record, the standard is wholly unique with regards to other interpretations by sinatra and others, witha sharp, punchy horn arrangement in the intro. Sinatra and jobim's voices intertwining on girl from Ipamena This is the sinatra record for people who might not care for sinatra; the best introduction to bossa nova.
The ultimate mood record; ultimate bachelor pad soire record, ultimate record to kick back to witha drink, best record to calm nerves in your car on the way to work, to get you in the mood; everything for everyone, bossa nova, easy listening, the nuances of sinatra's voice in a non swinging setting.
Sure to become the treasure of your cd collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by sherman threatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and memorable
One of my all time Sinatra favorites. My dad loved this LP when I was a kid and he instilled in me an appreciation for Sinatra's style and talent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and enjoy, this is music to de-stress by
I owned this in vinyl back in the day, so I am very familiar with it and love every song. Jobim remains one of my all time favorite songwriters, and there is no one equal to Frank... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy Spreeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Sinatra
Old Blue Eyes and Jobin at their very best.
Published 3 months ago by Selective Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Frank & Antonio Carlos Jobim together, how great is that? Very great as are these songs that were made popular by Jobim with that nice added touch of Frank Sinatra's voice & style!
Published 4 months ago by Wesley E Ervine
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Sinatra's version of the bossa nova sound is now as classic as the bossa nova itself. "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" alone is worth the price of this CD.
Published 4 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Latin
This is a classic for anyone who enjoys Sinatra and Brazilian music. It has been one my favorites for many years.
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's only CD of Brazilian music
and what better artist to be teamed up with than Antonio Carlos Jobim. When you and your partner are all dressed up for a lovely evening play "More" or "I Concentrate... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Milton H. Otte
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!
Two geniuses at work, with complete different musical backgrounds, so goes the story about music being a Universal language, These two created a masterpiece that I am sure in many... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MoonSon
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wnated
It is great to own this record. This is a really great collection of music. Good delivery and just exactly as represented.
Published 11 months ago by Flyfisher 16
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Olgerman's arrangements are quiet and extraordinary.
Not until Diana Krall used him for her arrangements on an album have i been overwhelmed with feelings for a song or songs.
This is probably the album i have listened to the most. Perhaps 300 times. U discover something new every time.
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Apr 8, 2009 by Phillip E. Franks |  See all 2 posts
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