Monday, April 22, 2013

CD Compilation of the Month - "João Gilberto: The Legend"

CD Compilation of the Month
João Gilberto: "The Legend" (Él/Cherry Red)

A precious 2-CD set including Gilberto's first three LPs to Odeon ("Chega de Saudade," "O Amor O Sorriso E A Flor" and "João Gilberto") on their entirety, plus several bonus tracks from the 50s: the EP with songs from "Black Orpheus," another EP with the tracks from the "Copacabana Palace Soundtrack," his first 78rpm as a solo singer ("Meia Luz" and "Quando Ela Sai," cut in 1952), two singles with Gilberto as a member of the Garotos da Lua vocal group, recordings as a sideman for Elizeth Cardoso, Jonas Silva and Os Cariocas, a rare session with his idol Luiz Bonfá, and a live version of Jobim's "Outra Vez" (backed only by Miton Banana's unobtrusive brushwork on the drums) performed at the famous Bossa Nova concert at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Essential item!

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