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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00005A7WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. H. Polet on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
How many compilation c.d.'s by Astrud Gilberto did it take before one can say that this is "The finest hour" by the living legend Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto ? She is "The Girl from Ipanema", and when you ever heard her, you'll never forget her crystal clear and relaxing voice ! This compilation is a very good one, because it contains songs from most of her Verve albums, even her latest one together with James last. The very special thing to this c.d. is that they added 3 rare songs. One of them "Who needs forever" from the movie "The Deadly Affair" has been rereleased already on the soundtrack c.d.", but songs like "Wish me a rainbow" and Come softly to me" only appeared so far on 45rpm vinyl singles or e.p.'s. I can highly recommend this c.d. to Astrud Gilberto collectors as well as admirers who want to have at least one of her c.d.'s in their collection, if that is the case than this one should be added to your collection. No doubt about that !
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Let me begin by stating that I am, if nothing else, a patient man. At last count I recall seeing SIX different compilations on Astrud Gilberto...and, though I love this artist incredibly, not one did I buy! Until "Finest Hour"...and yes, I am going to explain why.
Astrud's contributions, along with fellow Brazilian composer Antonio Jobim , is undeniable in the field of jazz/world music.Her followers, me being one of them, are legion and she still is making her contributions felt today. That being said I have kept a constant vigil for a compilation that I felt encompassed more than just a few highlights from her Verve recordings. Something that showed her many strengths and one that respected the artist as a whole. A quest that has been extremely difficult for me seeing how I was constantly "challenged" by other discs crying out for my attention! Patience, being a virtue, I have at last been rewarded!
"Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour" simply puts together, what I feel, is the best of what this incredible talent has to offer. Out of a strong selection that features "20" remarkable tunes there will be something here for everyone.My personal hightlights (...and where to begin!?) are "Goodbye Sadness", "The Face I Love", "Photograph", and of course "Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)". There are many more but I'll let you draw your own conclusions. The only true omission being her rendition of "Look To The Rainbow" but, forgiveness also being a virtue, it will simply be over-looked.
Astrud's voice is the one true "instrument" that is the real enjoyment. Crystal clear it carries a certain innocence that I find hard to deny. But don't be fooled for a moment...
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Back in the days of "yore" of the sixties I heard this song "The Girl From Ipanema". It was so different from everything else that was being played on pop radio that you had to take notice. It has become Astrud's identifying theme song. . . she "is" the girl from Ipanema now for all time.
Then I never did "hear" Astrud on the radio again. I found this album and remembered her voice and the "feel" of that first song. I also found a song title on the CD which I had been searching for a long long time: "Wish Me A Rainbow" - this was the musical theme from the Natalie Wood movie, 'This Property Is Condemned"! I had to buy this CD! -- I was not disappointed, in fact I was amazed and enthralled by the song selections and by Astrud's "purrrfect" delivery of each track. She can change from the classic "bossa nova" style she has made her own as on "So Nice" and "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria".
Then she can change to make your eyes tear-up when she sings, "Trains and Boats and Planes" or "I'm Nothing Without You".
She sings a truly marvellous rendition of the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me/Hushabye (she added the Hushabye). Most enjoyable.
Thank you Astrud Gilberto for all the great music you have made and left on recordings for posterity. . . and the music you are still making and recording. This album will be treasured by me and by many for a long long time. Great stuff here!
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I cannot complain about Astrud - she does a good job. My complaint is with the Verve people. They have produced a very sloppy compilation. The mix is very poor with one track's volume far exceeding the next. Sound levels are all over the place. That sort of improper mix should not happen with today's technological sophistication. It is sloppy work which displays a lack of concern for producing a proper and decent product.
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Astrud Gilberto may be the most romantic singer Brazil has ever yielded up. She's certainly the most pleasing to hear, whether the setting is a small group or an orchestra, whether it's pure bossa or jazz-inclining pop with the subtle embellishments of her native country. Put her in front of a Stan Getz quartet, a Gil Evans orchestra, a Walter Wanderley organ trio, or even a James Last ensemble, and she evokes a faraway beach that is at once as accessible as the sun and as elusive as the perfect wave. Which is just about what she has been herself in her musical personality---at the moment you think she has reached forth to touch you, she fades back and away at the moment you reach forth to touch her back, as if the yearning she so often exposes requires so much more profound touch to satisfy that you envy without shame the one who wins her love.

Any hour of her music is worth having; this one---the production kinks notwithstanding---may be the best-rounded of her best-of sets, even if here, too, longtime fans can pick a cut that might have been excised in favour of another, "better" cut. (OK, here's my swap---I could have lived with ditching "Crickets Sing for Anamaria" in favour of "Agua de Beber" or, even better, her very dreamy reading of "O Morro Nao Vem Tez.") It's breathtaking to see a best-of collection that includes a version of "Fly Me to the Moon" that leaves any other female singer's reading light years behind. And one listen to her ethereal medley of doo-wop chestnuts "Come Softly to Me" and "Hushabye" and you may be tempted to retire your copies of the originals.
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