June 24, 2008
Latin, World Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Pop, AM Pop, Vocal Pop, Brazilian Traditions, Bossa Nova

Album Review

Astrud Gilberto, the winsome naïf whose girlish yet sultry vocals captivated the world on the hit "The Girl from Ipanema," earned her own contract with Verve from its success and recorded throughout the last half of the '60s. Although her material wavered in quality, she was usually paired with excellent arrangers such as Gil Evans, Claus Ogerman, and Antonio Carlos Jobim himself. The Gold compilation is a two-disc set that includes 36 tracks, a good portion of everything she recorded between 1962 and 1969 (plus a pair of tracks from a 1987 comeback album). The first disc is by far the strongest of the two, including her pair of vocals for the Getz/Gilberto album as well as her early masterpieces with Jobim and Gil Evans (plus her bubbly pop album co-billed with organist Walter Wanderley). The second disc includes her later work as well as some rarities: four songs that were released on singles only and the soundtrack title "Who Needs Forever?" (from the Sidney Lumet spy film The Deadly Affair). Gilberto benefits quite a bit from this compilation, one of the longest she's received. Although some purists will forever criticize her amateurish sound, her persistence in the cultural imagination is proof enough of her charm.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Girl from Ipanema [Single Version]
  2. The Girl from Ipanema [Single Version]
  3. Corcovado [Quiet Nights]
  4. Corcovado [Quiet Nights]
  5. Once I Loved
  6. Once I Loved
  7. Água de Beber
  8. Água de Beber
  9. O Morro (Não Tem Vez)
  10. O Morro (Não Tem Vez)
  11. Dindi
  12. Dindi
  13. Photograph
  14. Photograph
  15. Only Trust Your Heart
  16. Only Trust Your Heart
  17. Eu e Você [Me and You]
  18. Eu e Você [Me and You]
  19. (Take Me To) Aruanda
  20. (Take Me To) Aruanda
  21. Manhã de Carnaval
  22. Manhã de Carnaval
  23. The Gentle Rain
  24. The Gentle Rain
  25. Berimbau
  26. Berimbau
  27. Felicidade
  28. Felicidade
  29. Look to the Rainbow
  30. Look to the Rainbow
  31. So Nice (Summer Samba)
  32. So Nice (Summer Samba)
  33. Você Já Foi à Bahia
  34. Você Já Foi à Bahia
  35. Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)
  36. Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)
  37. Tú Mi Delirio
  38. Tú Mi Delirio
  39. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  40. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  41. Wish Me a Rainbow
  42. Wish Me a Rainbow
  43. Misty Roses
  44. Misty Roses
  45. The Face I Love
  46. The Face I Love
  47. Canoeiro
  48. Canoeiro
  49. I Had the Craziest Dream
  50. I Had the Craziest Dream
  51. Who Needs Forever?
  52. Who Needs Forever?
  53. Come Softly to Me/Hushabye
  54. Come Softly to Me/Hushabye
  55. Lilies by Monet
  56. Lilies by Monet
  57. On My Mind
  58. On My Mind
  59. Crickets Sing for Anamaria
  60. Crickets Sing for Anamaria
  61. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
  62. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
  63. Didn't We?
  64. Didn't We?
  65. Wailing of the Willow
  66. Wailing of the Willow
  67. Let Go (Canto de Ossanha)
  68. Let Go (Canto de Ossanha)
  69. Samba do Soho
  70. Samba do Soho
  71. Saci
  72. Saci