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. Corcovado [Quiet Nights]
  3. Once I Loved
  4. Água de Beber
  5. O Morro (Não Tem Vez)
  6. Dindi
  7. Photograph
  8. Only Trust Your Heart
  9. Eu e Você [Me and You]
  10. (Take Me To) Aruanda
  11. Manhã de Carnaval
  12. The Gentle Rain
  13. Berimbau
  14. Felicidade
  15. Look to the Rainbow
  16. So Nice (Summer Samba)
  17. Você Já Foi à Bahia
  18. Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)
  19. Tú Mi Delirio
  20. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  21. Wish Me a Rainbow
  22. Misty Roses
  23. The Face I Love
  24. Canoeiro
  25. I Had the Craziest Dream
  26. Who Needs Forever?
  27. Come Softly to Me/Hushabye
  28. Lilies by Monet
  29. On My Mind
  30. Crickets Sing for Anamaria
  31. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
  32. Didn't We?
  33. Wailing of the Willow
  34. Let Go (Canto de Ossanha)
  35. Samba do Soho
  36. Saci