Personnel includes: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Barry Galbraith, Marcos Valle (guitars); Arnold Eidus, Gene Orloff (violin); Harold Coletta, Richard Dickler (viola); Seymour Barab, Maurice Bialkin (cello); Phil Bodner, Bill Hammond (woodwinds); Bernie Glow, James Nottingham (trumpet); Wayne Andre, Warren Covington (trombone); Ray Alonge, James Buffington (French horn); John Barber (tuba); George Devens (vibraphone); Benny Aronov (piano, harpsichord); Warren Bernhardt (piano); Jule Ruggiro (bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Additional personnel: Walter Wanderley Trio.
Recorded in New York between September 20, 1966 and June 30, 1967. Includes liner notes by Stan Levine and Neil Tesser.
Bonus tracks 13-17 originally released on the Verve LP A CERTAIN SMILE A CERTAIN SADNESS (V6-8673).
Personnel: Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Toots Thielemans (guitar, harmonica); Marcos Valle, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Leo Kruczek, George Ockner, Arnold Eidus, Harry Katzman, Gene Orloff (violin); Dave Schwartz, Dave Mankovitz, David Schwartz , Richard Dickler, Harold Coletta (viola); Maurice Bialkin, Maurice Brown , Seymour Barab, Charles McCracken , Harvey Shapiro , Alan Shulman, George Ricci (cello); Stanley Webb , Bill Hammond, Hubert Laws, Phil Bodner, Seldon Powell (woodwinds); Ernie Royal, Marvin Stamm, Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); Tony Miranda, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Ray Alonge (French horn); Urbie Green, Warren Covington, Wayne Andre, Tony Studd (trombone); John Barber (tuba); George Devens (piano, harpsichord, vibraphone); Benny Aronov (piano, harpsichord); Warren Bernhardt (piano); Walter Wanderley (organ); Grady Tate, Claudio Slon , Bobby Rosengarden (drums); Jack Jennings, Dom Um Romao, Alan Douglas (percussion).
Recording information: New York, NY (05/27/1967-06/30/1967).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographers: Jerry Schatzberg; Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Role: George Devens.
Arrangers: Deodato; Don Sebesky.
Originally released in 1967, Astrud Gilberto's BEACH SAMBA is one of the Brazilian songstress' classic albums. The bossa nova craze--ignited in 1963, by Gilberto herself, with her lovely, artless vocal on Stan Getz's "The Girl from Ipanema"--was winding down. The album sees Gilberto stretching beyond her usual collection of bossa novas and sambas, though the title track and "Nao Bate O Corocao" are two of her best, into relaxed, swinging versions of such pop standards as "Misty Roses" and "My Foolish Heart."
Perhaps the oddest inclusion is a cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice," sung by Gilberto as a duet with her eight-year-old son, which is better than you might expect. Like the album as a whole, it's perfectly charming and delightful. Peculiarly, the CD ends with five tracks from Gilberto's classic 1966 album with the Walter Wanderley Trio, A CERTAIN SMILE, A CERTAIN SADNESS.