- Released: October 29, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
JazzTimes - 3/97, p.80
"...Tom is in good voice and has a close touch with the people. His melodies may sound like a Satie sonatina...or a tin-pan alley tango at times, but here he's at his best cruising Rio's beaches like Corcovado with Bonita, Carioca, Dindi, Surfboard, Desafinado, and yes, that omnipresent girl from Ipanema..."
- 1.She's a Carioca
- 2.Agua de Beber
- 4.Useless Landscape
- 5.So' Tinha de Ser Com Voce - (Portuguese)
- 6.A Felicidade - (Portuguese)
- 8.Favela - (Portuguese)
- 9.Valsa de Porto das Caixas
- 10.Samba Do Aviao - (Portuguese)
- 11.Por Toda a Mimha Vida - (Portuguese)
- 13.Hurry up and Love Me
- 14.Pardon My English
- 16.Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce :: Someone To Light Up My Life
- 17.Off-Key :: Desafinado
- 18.Photograph - (Portuguese)
- 20.Outra Vez :: Once Again
- 21.I Was Just One More For You - (Portuguese) :: Esperanca Perdida - (Portuguese)
- 22.Estrada Do Sol :: Road To The Sun
- 23.Don't Ever Go Away - (Portuguese) :: Por Causa De Voce - (Portuguese)
- 25.Esperanca Perdida :: I Was Just One More For You
- 26.Fotographia :: Photograph
- 27.Por Causa de Voce :: Don't Ever Go Away
- 28.Desafinado :: Off-Key
Personnel includes: Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, guitar); Claus Ogerman, Nelson Riddle (conductor, arranger); Dick Hyman (organ); Luiz Eca (piano).
Producers include: Jimmy Hilliard, Ray Gilbert, Louis Oliveira, George Lee.
Recorded between 1965 and 1967. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
This compilation focuses on an often-overlooked aspect of the legendary Brazilian composer's career: his own recordings. Jobim changed the face of Brazilian music, and pop music in general, by pioneering bossa nova, a genre that fused the Brazilian samba with a jazzy harmonic sensibility and the melodic constructions of American pop composers like Cole Porter and George Gershwin. His songs have been recorded by such American giants as Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz, as well as Brazilians like Astrud & Joao Gilberto. Jobim's own recording career has garnered far less attention than his songs. But these mid-'60s sides show that Jobim had much to offer as an interpreter of his own compositions.
Jobim's music is soft and sensual, but never loses the underlying rhythmic lilt that is synonymous with bossa nova. Songs like "Agua De Beber" and "Photograph" exemplify his ability to float an elegant melodic line over an irresistible groove. The unusual chord changes and highly evolved harmonic structures of Jobim's compositions, equally influenced by American jazz and Brazilian classicists like Villa-Lobos, are exemplified on "Dindi" and "Desafinado (Off-Key)," whose lyrics cast self-deprecating aspersions on Jobim's endearingly unschooled, often flat singing. A line from "Desafinado" puts it best: "It's a crooked song, but all my love is there."