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May 20, 1997

Song Title Artist
The Girl From Ipanema [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
Doralice [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
Para Machuchar Meu Coracao Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
Só Danço Samba [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
O Grande Amor [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] João Gilberto Quintet
Vivo Sonhando [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz
The Girl From Ipanema [feat. Astrud Gilberto] Stan Getz
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) [feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim] Stan Getz

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  • Label: Verve Records
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  • Total Length: 39:16
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  • ASIN: B000V63C4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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185 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of bossa nova November 25, 1999
By Don O.
Format:Audio CD
This album is bossa nova's finest moment. It contains the definitive version of one of the greatest hits in jazz music --- The Girl From Ipanema --- the first part sung in Portuguese by guitarist/singer João Gilberto, the second in English by his ex-wife Astrud who had never sung professionally before this recording. All the songs were written by Antonio Carlos Jobim except Para Machucar Meu Coraçao and Doralice. Stan Getz's lyrical yet swinging solos complement João's equally lyrical singing and rhythmic guitar playing. The unassuming Jobim plays a brief but beautiful piano solo on Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars). Tommy Williams (bass) and Milton Banana (drums) provide the steady rhythm without overpowering the music. To this day, Getz/Gilberto remains the definitive bossa nova album.

The sound quality on this 20-bit remastered edition is even more brilliant than the original CD reissue. Moreover, the fading notes on some of the selections have been extended, thus prolonging the listening pleasure just a bit more.

This album proves that music is indeed a universal language. You don't need to know Portuguese to understand, let alone, appreciate this album. All you need is the ability to appreciate fine music and an innate sense to admire beauty, and this CD has plenty to offer.
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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless pleasure July 31, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A college friend recommended this album to me once while shopping for some new music. He told me he didn't think I would go wrong with it, that it was pretty good. I had no idea what it was or who Jobim, Getz, or Gilberto were at the time but I figured his recommendation was as good as the reviews I read on the backs of the album covers for music I had never heard, so I bought it. That was over 30 years ago and I still listen regularly to this "Getz/Gilberto" album......I don't understand a word of the Portuguese but the music is as fresh today as it was back then. It continues to touch my soul and smooth me (especially after a day with lots of rough edges), it lifts me, it soothes me and bathes me in warmth and is light, whimsical, deep, and so...very...rhythmically balanced. Thank God for CD's, the old vinyl disc was worn so badly..... I listen and I want the music to go on forever...and for me, so far, it has....."Quiet nights of quiet stars! , quiet chords from my guitars, floating on the silence that surrounds us, quiet thoughts and quiet dreams, quiet walks by quiet streams,and the window that looks out on Corcovado.." This music brings me ageless pleasure, we (the music and I) recede farther and farther from 1963, its velvety chords just getter better and better........"Oh, how lovely".......
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating December 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
How did I find this gem? I was looking at Sade, whom I think are pretty good themselves. But there was something about their sound (and this may betray my ignorance of music...) that I couldn't put a finger on. Here on Amazon, they indicate what other music is bought by those who buy certain discs. Sade buyers buy Getz/Gilberto. I checked into it and bought it.
The first time I listened to Getz/Gilberto I almost burst into tears (I'm as sensitive as the next, but this was something else...), struck by it's beauty and power. I was captivated, enthralled... I listened to it three times back to back to back. Though I don't understand Portugese, it's not necessary in order to understand what is being conveyed. This is what musicians strive to accomplish, too often without success.
This album was recorded over 35 years ago. Compare it to the bland, slick, superficial, and generally passionless music so often presented today. Getz/Gilberto reminds us that honest emotion, delivered with technical competence is truly a work of art.
I wish (and hope...) that there are young musicians somewhere out there who are listening to, and learning from, this and other recordings like it. Perhaps they'll return quality and yes, artistry to popular music.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry, friends, after twenty years of listening, buying hundreds of CD's and an improved stereo I now know CD's don't have enough bits. They don't capture all the sound that was in the original vinyl recordings. 44k and 2 to the 14th power was NOT enough samples (bits). Like looking at an old newspaper picture made out of large dots, it's not like a photo. Like a primitive digital print without enough pixels. Poor resolution.

With 4 times as many time slices (increments) in the x direction and 2 to the 8th power, 256 more bits (increments) in the Y direction, this SACD is the only format which really captures the sound of the original LP or master tape. You cannot hear the difference between this and the LP. It's the real thing.

If you thought CD's sound harsh, or bass-thin, not like a concert, well, you were right!

Beyond that, this album is the second best selling Jazz album of all time, behind Miles Davis "Kind of Blue". A timeless classic of the early sixties. "The Girl From Ipanema" was in the top ten songs on the Rock, Pop and Jazz Billboard charts for over a year in the '63-'64 time frame.

Yeah it's really that good!

Hear Stan the Man effortlessly pour out his soul in the bridge of "Corcovado", for example. As a personal note, this was the first Jazz LP I ever bought, as a clarinet and sax player myself, I couldn't believe how good Stan Getz tone was. And I still love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Good memories, and soft jazzy music for backgrounds. Always liked the way these two sounded together and I recommend it highly.
Published 7 days ago by lesmoore2204
4.0 out of 5 stars Samba spectacular
I really enjoy this Disc not only for "The Girl from Ipanema" but the other tracks as well. VEry strong effort.
Published 16 days ago by MJRydsFast
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD of a true Classic
Delivers as promised. I'm using the OPPO BDP-80 for playback. Its a stunning representation in super audio. It was on my short list of SACD acquisitions and I am glad to have it.
Published 25 days ago by Clifford Mays
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this!
If you're a fan of brazilian jazz, you were probably introduced to it by this album. The combination of Jobim's songwriting skills, Getz's sax and Gilberto's guitar is magical.
Published 26 days ago by Roger Dines
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Getz nothing more need be said!
Stan Getz's sound and style is beyond my ability to describe. Add the Latin beat and tempo and you have heaven on the tenor sax
Published 26 days ago by Louis H Milotte Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-stars cubed, this is special, REALLY SPECIAL!
Stopped in my tracks, dropped to my knees, and transported to tropical Brazillian heaven! That doesn't even come close to describing this album. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Serious
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Music
The music of Getz Gilberto is wistfully romantic and at the same time beat driven jazz. A clasic example of their style on this album is "The Girl From Ipanema". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ted Blasche
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
just slow down and listen to the most beautiful music on earth. getz was a melodic beast. forget miles davis, stan was the man
Published 1 month ago by Daniel P Fitzgerald
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice music, horrid sound quality
The music is great, enjoyable stuff. A little bit on the fluff side of things but fun. I was hoping to listen to this at work as kind of background music, but unfortunately the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Mello
This is very calming and a very good way to decompress. I keep this handy for whenever I feel the need.
Published 2 months ago by mary sporer
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