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Beach Samba

Astrud Gilberto

1967

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Beach Samba

Rating

2.95

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Songs the colonialist‘s wife is getting drunk to while her husband is messing up another country & fucking its innocent peasants‘ daughters. Beijihno tristo 1.6

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Restaurant chef simulator but its one of those games where you csnt technically fail and its just chill. Cooking mama vibes and character design but only the fun non time pressured minigames for cooking and then when you complete a full meal if you do well enough you get a michelin star. Minigames include chopping peppers, frying some vegetables, baking some stuff etc and there's a lovely vibe in the kitchen all the time and at the end you get to plate it and make it look chill, and there's some story about this being your grandparents restaurant and you want to keep the family business going. Anyway the albums alright Id give it like a 3, no final boss musIc so the story felt incomplete

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Amazing bossa nova and orchestral stuff. Astrud Gilberto was a big favourite of mine and this album is beyond amazing.

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Brilliant. Bossa Nova to the Max!

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Made me feel like I was on the beach despite it being a frigid winter day. The quality was inconsistent, definitely some good ones and some not so good ones. Felt jerked around by the Sousa style march (Parade) and the lyrics in that one were bad. The child singing in You Didn't Have to Be So Nice was charming in a way, but also maybe a bad choice for the song. "Stay" was one of my favorites.

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Perfectly fine and pretty, but I don't think id really come back to it

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Meh. At least it was a short album. Nothing else is noteworthy about the album

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The sound of a fembot sipping a cocktail from a coconut next to the pool just before Austin Powers swings round the corner. Not my bag, baby, but inoffensive and clearly well done.

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This reminds me of Tania Maria who I am pleased to discover is not dead.

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Awesome voice. Loved it.

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Very interesting! I like it. I’ve never listened to samba music but it has a really nice vibe.

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This wonderful LP just kind of sneaks up on you, filling the heart more and more with each song. Lyrically, we are deep within love’s grasp. And it’s the best kind of love to be in, too, where one lover invites another to ‘Bring me your free soul and I’ll make your heart sure,’ on the terrific opening jazz number, ‘Stay.’ (Incidentally, this is the polar opposite of the very thing Bob Dylan is singing about in ‘It Ain’t Me Babe.’) And then there are the more wistful songs like ‘Misty Roses,’ (you’re) ‘… too soft to touch, but too lovely to leave alone.’ In ‘My Foolish Heart’ we discover that Astrud’s heart is forever overriding her brain, which is a blessing joyfully received but comes with its own cost, too. Musically, I don’t know when I’ve last heard such a magnificently tasteful and oh, so subtle accompaniment. From the fluttering flute on ‘Stay,’ mimicking the singing skylark of the lyrics, to the high tinkling of the piano perfectly capturing the mood of ‘Misty Roses,’ each and every number is a glorious samba between the band (and orchestra) and the vocalist, always complimenting one another. I’m a sucker for standup bass, and Ron Carter won me over from the first number. I also can’t say enough about Eumir Deodato and Don Sebesky’s outstanding arrangements and conducting (again, just so subtle, so elegant.) Oh, and a surprising duet between mother and child, literally, on a super sweet cover of the big Lovin’ Spoonful’s hit, ‘You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.’ And finally, Astrud Gilberto’s vocals. Technically, I think it would be fair to say they are average. She’s no highly trained opera singer. Doesn’t pretend to be. Doesn’t need to be. Because Astrud oozes integrity, genuineness, affection. And so beauty, once more, is in the ears that hear and not the mouth that sings. Which, for this listener, raises her vocals to the level, and enjoyment, of other vocalists I love (also technically average) like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, and so on. And, as I keep repeating, like everything else on 'Beach Samba,' her voice just kept gradually filling me up until I found myself unexpectedly filled with joy! There's nothing to add to the perfect closer, in the Big Band Samba style, ‘Nao Bate O Coroca,’ where no stops are left unpulled. As the last song faded, I was desperately craving some cachaça (Brazil’s national alcoholic spirit), a pair of polished black dance shoes, and my arms around Astrud’s waist, if she’d have me. Oh, ‘My Foolish Heart.’ Look, people. I like to rock and I like to rock hard. And I’m giving 'Beach Samba' five stars?! Let those with ears hear, irmaos e irmas.

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nice

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10/10 I’ll listen to samba any day of the week, easily one of my favorite genres

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Relaxing, very aptly named. Heavy bossa nova vibes. Ms. Gilberto's voice is very relaxed and relaxing, and I think I could throw this on while cooking or hanging out somewhere. It's very pleasant. Favorite tracks: "The Face I Love", "Misty Roses", "I Think of You"

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Perfectly good background music for a scene at a beach cabana.

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A delightful slice of sunshine that took me right out of a damp west coast of Scotland summers day.

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Couple songs were a little weird. Classic bossa nova tho

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Lovely summer vibes from Brazil. Good mood samba album. Not the most ecstatic one but still spent an enjoyable moment listening to this short album.

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Incredibly pleasant to listen to

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This is way too short to be an album. 27 minutes? Really? It's nice, and I would definitely listen at a beach. But 27 minutes??

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such a vibe.

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Muy bonito, con un ambiente tranquilo, se antoja una caipirinha a orillas del mar (?). Pienso que a Astrud Gilberto la conocía inconscientemente y también creo que tiene mucho sentido para mí que sea música sesentera. Me gustaron sobre todo "The Face I Love", "Canoeiro" y "My Foolish Love". Creo que otra de las pruebas de la despreocupación que se siente con este disco son los sonidos infantiles que se cuelan, como la canción que suena a feria (desfile, justo) y esa pequeña conversación con una niña. 8/10

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Very chilly vibes, bossanova kind of

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Pues chill y todo lo estereotipico que se dice del bossa nova. Me gustó la canción inicial tiene el ritmo muy guapachoso y elegante que se acompaña con los vientos, Canoeiro también me pareció de las chidas va rapidito, los vientos, los metales y las cuerdas en una medida no excesiva pero le dan un buen toque.

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Great energy

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pleasant listen and musically interesting if you listen closely, i'm not crazy about these songs though, especially the ones that arent bossa nova or samba. like why did they put a march on here. 4-

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Loved this!

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Perfect, sunshine and cocktail invoking easy listening.

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Delightful

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Excelente voz que combina perfecto con el bossa-nova

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4/5

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Good shit

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I am enjoying this album, though it is slower than what I typically listen to. I got a strong Christmas music vibes while listening to some songs. I quite enjoyed the album actually.

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So eine Art Lounge Musik aber gut

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Reminded me of Austin Powers!

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That's some 60s music.

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Chill and good vibes

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Really nice album, super chill and the singer is great

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Stay, Parade, Oba, oba, Call me

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Fantastic piece of late 60's "pop" jazz.

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July 27, 2021 This lowkey sounds like elevator music but I'm into it??? Kind of a great listen for July.

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Hard to decide between 3 and 4 stars - I liked the atmosphere but it was ruined by a couple of tracks.

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Pleasant.

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Some fun jazzy samba vibes. Pretty happy and good as a background for life.

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Wahnsinnig abwechslungsreiches Album ohne vom Stil abzuweichen. Tolle Stimme. Tolle Mood. Mochte nur das Lied mit dem Kind nicht. Das erste Album, das mich überzeugt hat. Sims vibes

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Chill, soft, and relaxing. Not incredible, but a nice 'sit on the beach with a beer' sort of sound.

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Fun! Will listen again. Favorited one track. [insert articulate reasons why]

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Astrud sait pertinemment qu'elle raconte n'importe quoi et se réjouit d'imaginer ses auditeurs européens claquer des doigts sur le rythme de ses mélodieux baragouinages. Bien joué Astrud.

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What's not to like? Passed this one up on vinyl awhile back and now I regret it.

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Pleasant

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I love me some bossa nova. Astrud has such a wonderful voice.

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Nice

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Perfectly pleasant. Interesting to me that it was also a 1967 Verve release.

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5.5-6/10

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soothing but not super interesting. nice relaxing listen

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There's been a weird influx of latinx music in the past week after not getting any previous to that. Overall it was pretty cool, though I really hated the parade song (perhaps because I don't really enjoy actual parades either). Some of the other songs were a bit cloying as well. This works really good as a kids album, but I don't think that's how it was intended. It's fine, but I don't ever see myself coming back to it 3/5

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not crappy.

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sounds like you'd expect

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It was alright, interesting in places but wouldn't seek it out again

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Very relaxing

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Pretty chill 60s South American artist.

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Calm and jazzy bossa nova, but nothing really stands out. Singing doesn't quite sound natural and comfortable.

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Not bad

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I now know what Bossa Nova is. It's fun, vaguely exotic lounge music. Pleasant. Music for swingers and shag carpet enthusiasts.

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It is what it says it is. Samba!

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It’s just mediocre imo.

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Nachdem sie mich mit den Misty Roses und den nachfolgenden Blumen wahnsinnig schmeichelhaft umgarnt und fast schon sirenengleich in einen tropicana-umflorten Sabberzustand entführt hatte, fährt sie mir den Wecker in Form einer Marching Band in die Parade. Hm, wirklich sehr unsanft. Auch sonst nicht immer so ganz ausgewogen, außerdem ist der Titel ne Mogelpackung; da ist ja gar nicht nur Samba drauf, das geht auch in den Jazz, Bossa Nova sowieso und wie diese ganzen Tänzchen noch so heißen. Und dann dieses "Didn't Have To Be So Nice", süß - aber worum geht's da? Was macht sie mit dem kleinen Jungen? Trotzdem: Ich liebe ja diese Wärme, diese Holzbläser und diese schwülen Easylistening-Arrangements, macht doch einfach nächstes Mal noch bisschen mehr davon drauf.

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Good uptempo album with a great voice.

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Nice, no desire to relisten 3.4

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definite 60s vibes

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Pretty good! Not many comments for this one

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That's some relaxing stuff right there. I'm more familiar with her husband but have always enjoyed samba.

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A bossa nova classic. Excellent.

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Is okay, nice and light samba feel, just not what I would typically choose to listen to.

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Sounds interesting

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false

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I actually vibed with this one quite a bit. I liked the mood it created

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Nice, makes you feel like you're on the beach on a nice summers day ordering cocktails with your pest pals, looking out for groups of people it would be fun to meet and hang out with. That said, I don't think I'd go out of my way to listen to this again, unless e.g. I'm actually on the beach.

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I enjoyed it, but I get that most people didn't. Bossa nova isn't everyone's cup of tea, and whilst it was pleasant to listen to its nothing special.

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Pretty good, fun vibes. It did get samey so I didn't listen to the whole album.

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Very summery music. I really enjoy the vocals and the bossa nova vibe. It's easy listening in the best way.

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Beach Samba - Astrud Gilberto 1. Stay - 3/5 2. Misty Roses - 4/5 3. The Face I Love - 3/5 4. Parade (A Banda) - 4/5 5. Oba Oba - 3/5 6. Canoerio - 2/5 7. I Had The Craziest Dream - 3/5 8. Beach Samba - 3/5 9. My Foolish Heart - 4/5 10. I Think Of You - 4/5 11. You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice - 5/5 12. Nao Bate O Corocao - 3/5 Overall: 3.4/5 Fave Songs: You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice

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An ok Bossa nova album

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Pleasant vocals, jazzy, very chill, favorites are Oba, Oba and Canoeiro. Nice album for relaxing (on the beach). Perhaps not the most memorable

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Very relaxing, perfect background music.

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Cute and sweet. The Portuguese lyrics work for me more than the English as they seem to match the music better. Cool to hear so many hip hop samples from this.

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Groovy. Gorgeous voice & fun samba.

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Kinda nice, but I just don't think Bossa Nova is for me.

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Music from a coastal driving montage in an Audrey Hepburn film, or from the make-up section of House of Fraser. Catchy and summery

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3/5

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Un album de bossa nova. Je n’ai rien pour comparer mais ca s.eclute bien en backgro7nd. J’aime bien. 3.5

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Not bad. Enjoyed most of it, nice samba vibes though don't know if I'd come back to it

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Very chill and relaxing album. A few dud tracks, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Favs: Dia das roses (I Think Of You), Beach Samba Mehs: You Didn't Have to Be So Nice This was an interesting one. I didn't necessarily love all the selections or their set up, but I *love* her voice. And I don't think I'd ever heard any of this, except Beach Samba.

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Raw Samba of the 60s was great. Just like all things great and trend worthy, when they go pop its an indication that the trend has jumped the shark. This is a decent poppy-samba album, but 60s pop like this isn't my cup of tea. Gilberto's earlier Samba is much more worthy of inclusion on the list.

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Quite liked it

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This was ok. Some songs were good, others were not. Overall, it was average.

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I liked it more than I thought I would. Summery vibes all around

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It’s pleasant enough and has some interesting chord changes, but it’s fairly bland. It’s almost as if this is an over westernized and sanitized Samba. The backing band sometimes sounds like it’s straight out of the 50s which is jarring considering what what going on musically in 1967. I’m a fan of Astrud Gilberto but this is just not produced the way it should have been. The jazz flute is great though.

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Cool vibes. Give me a drink and a dash of sunshine, would make for a decent evening.

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Smoooooth. I can hang with this in the background, no probs. And I love the name Astrud.

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I like the general vibe of this, but I didn't walk away humming anything, ya know?

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Enjoyable, though some of the instrumentation is a bit cutesy and most songs end before they really start developing. Economical, though, and atmospheric.

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I like her voice, and I like it better when she sings in Portuguese. The overall sound is kind of boring, but also relaxing. Good background music.

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La grande force de cet album, c'est sa durée très courte, qui fait ici opposition à certains artistes ignobles aperçus par le passé (je fais ici référence à Dr Dre et toute la clique des Ice entre autres). On remercie Astrud pour cela, et attendons avec impatience le prochain album.

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Such a soothing voice! Alas, this album doesn't reach half the heights I'm sort of expecting from Gilberto after listening to Girl from Ipanema so many times...

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Not my jam

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I was expecting to love this but found it too mawkish to completely enjoy. Astrud Gilbert has an amazing voice and there are some really nice bossa nova and pop tunes on here. However, there are some tracks that are just plain cheesy or simply never rise above background music in a budget cocktail bar. Go listen Getz/Giberto in preference to this

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Some good songs, but the tone felt off at times. Worked for some songs but got repetitive and monotonish listening through the whole album.

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short, pleasant, but unremarkable

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Sweet and romantic.

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Nice listen, would happily listen again or put it on for a BBQ, but didn’t save any.

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I was digging it the first few songs, but then it started to get old and some of the vocals were annoying to me as it went on, unfortunately. It's nice though, but didn't need half of it in the album.

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I hadn’t listen to samba in years, so this was an interesting change of pace. It wasn’t bad and I appreciate the quality I’d the vocals. It’s just not my typical music choice.

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Hard not to like this kind of music with its winsome singing and big band professional accompaniment. But nothing on this really stood out that much either, other than the slightly bizarre duet with a child (?) singer towards the end.

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English/Portuguese mix with Bossa Nova and Swing influences. Interesting combo but nothing more

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Not the most entertaining world music album, but I have a lot of respect for it. Wish there was less English. Somehow it just kills the escape.

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proper 70s big band samba, prefer a little more lime in my condensed milk though!

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Very pleasant.

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Relaxing and great background music

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Not much to say about this. It's an outdated album from a genre that no longer exists. It doesn't sound bad, and you'll find stuff to like, but you will, perhaps unfortunately, see this as a curio. That said, I was utterly won over by You Didn't Have to Be So Nice, a sweet, sincere little duet between Astrud and her six-year-old son. I've played it to the mothers of young children in my intimate circle, and they agree it's lovely. Actually, that's the issue. That's the song that has real heart to it. The rest feels like generic album fodder, pleasant but forgettable. That may be unfair reasoning, but three stars seems exactly fair.

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J'adore la bossa nova, qui contient habituellement tout ce que j'aime : le rêve, la sensualité, la paresse... Mais quand elle s'abaisse à se commercialiser, notamment en remplaçant le doux chuintement du portugais par l'anglais, qui n'est pas fait pour cette musique, je lève le nez et fronce le sourcil, ce qui me crispe le faciès d'une façon bien contraire à l'esprit de détente que les plages du Brésil devraient plutôt inspirer. Et cette crispation s'accroit à chaque fausse note chantée par le fils de Gilberto dans "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice". Je ne serai donc pas "nice" dans mon appréciation de cet album, malgré, ou peut-être à cause de, mon affectation profonde pour la bossa.

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It had some entertaining parts, and was not actively unpleasant to listen to. But also did not grab my attention - very easy to tune out while working, so I think I missed the majority of the album. 2.5/5.

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This is pleasant, but it's like...movie soundtrack music. Still, I enjoyed it, even if it's pretty unmemorable.

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Easy to listen to. Nothing to write home about.

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It's okay. Maybe a little flat for my tastes. Every song sounds like it should be played over the last scene of a film featuring humanity's extinction, flipping from shot to shot of deserted shopping malls and parking lots and such.

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For Gilberto's Brazilian roots this album sounds surprisingly French, with light and airy guitar/other instrumentals floating along in time to her powerful but not overpowering vocals. Some tracks do fall flat (any song that includes a child sing-along is an instant no from me), but most of this brief LP delights.

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Average. Liked the instrumentals but wasn't a fan of the vocals.

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My dad would often play Astrud Gilberto albums when I was young and thus very nostalgic. Though this album is just ok, I have heard much better from her. I'd give it a 2 star rating but it's the only solo album of hers on the list hence the 3.

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Not really my thing or maybe wasn't in the mood but no way can I say this isn't good

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Åter igen svängigt! älskar bossa nova ändå

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One really great (sweet) song and that is \"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice\". The rest of the album is great but so dated. I did enjoy listening to it though. 3/5

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I feel I didn't get the full experience, as I wasn't in a business hotel lobby while I listened. It's very hard to feel strongly about this in any way. It's a 2 but with an extra point for only being 27min long. 3/5.

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false

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Ei pahaa sanottavaa, tollasta ok perussambahommaa.

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This is the voice behind "The Girl from Ipanema". And there is A LOT of soft samba here. The best part of this record is the band: the flute (especially in the first track) is controlled and animated, and brings a lot of colour to what is, largely, an exceptionally dull listen. The songs themselves deal with nothing of real depth; the "Parade" song is particularly bizarre. I looked for some contrast in some of these songs (e.g. Perhaps this is a sombre idea of everything being a parade, whilst the singer looks on, unfeeling), but it's a reach. This is really just a collection of inoffensive rhythm. Unfortunately, whilst she undeniably has a beautiful voice, listening to (even just) 35 minutes of it is very dull. There was no variation in there, no colour. Just that dreamy, wavey, beautifully accented patter. It works for a song or two, but dries up quickly. "You Didn't Have to be So Nice" is a duet recorded with one of her children. Naff. FSs: Misty Roses

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Varmaan aikanaan ollut hieno levy, mutta vuonna 2021 mielenkiinto loppuu kesken levyn.

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2. I appreciate the music, but is just isn't for me. Too slow

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Didn't do much for me

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No ideas what to expect! Well I'm not sure why that was on a list of 1001 albums to listen to. It sounded like your stereotypical late 60's/70's album

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Very uninteresting and totally bland, feels very tacky. Whole album sounds like the theme song to I Dream Of Genie.

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Meh. Not as samba as expect

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Interesting Latin infused marches and jazz

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That was fun. Did I hear a marching band?

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2.8 - Disappointing. On one hand, Gilberto retains some of the dreamy, sunny, breathy elements that I loved when she collaborated with Stan Getz. Mostly though this record is saccharine and sounds like a record that an expensive hairdresser in Bismarck, ND would've played for his poncy middle aged clientele, just to add a hint of "hip" to his shop. Astrud Gilberto has always been “easy listening” but here she’s jumped the shark, eschewing subtlety, favoring a campy “swinging” bop. It’s sad that over the next few decades, an army of American studio hacks took this sound, chopped it up into segments, put those segments on an assembly line, glued the pieces together, packed the sound up and commodified it into a dull facsimile of the original Brazilian samba/tropicalia sound. Now you hear echoes of that sound in parking garages, elevators and bargain warehouse retailers everywhere.

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Fine

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Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 9/20 Innovation: 8/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 9/20 = 34 meh. not horrible or owt just meh

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Interesting i guess Definently not my thing lol Sorta relaxing

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Brazilian easy listening. BT: Stay, Beach Samba, My Foolish Heart

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Really such a non-captivating music at all. Lyrics were quite lame, but the sound often times saved the whole song.

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Yknow in old James Bond movies when he goes to the tropics and weighs up in a bar wearing a safari suit to seduce a hot Latin chick who knows Mr Big ? This music is playing.

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Hmmm. Too twee? Don't like samba in English!

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Coffee bar music. Nice and inoffensive.

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meh

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This Portuguese album has tinges of pop and jazz, but the songs are so similar that they all seem to blend together. It doesn't satisfy my musical taste, but the album isn't particularly bad either.

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Not my sort of thing

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jeff goldblum meets john philip souza. I know I listened to this but I have no memory of it occuring

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Some nice jazz music, but mostly AM radio style, borderline elevator music. Her voice is nice, but not my cup of tea

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Never suggest this again

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Very bland but pleasant. Reminds me of music from B movies like Diabolik or Moon Zero Two

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29th July 2021 Listened on my phone while working in the kitchen. Perfect for a sunny day! Very chilled, bit bland in places but a nice vibe.

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Ok but nothing spectacular.

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Samba!

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Seemed very good for what it was, but what it was was not for me.

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Pleasant enough, but really doesn't do much for me. It's like the Carpenters without the edge. 2 stars.

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Honestly, not a big fan. I do enjoy Astrud from time to time as the bossa-nova icon that she is, but much of this album is a little too pop for me. There are some tracks that I've heard dozens if not hundreds of times while working at POMO. (Stefano was a big fan) So songs like Stay and the title song Beach Samba are tunes I'm very familiar with and stick out as catchy earworms, most of the album is a bit too aimless and overly sappy at times. Probably wont return to it anytime soon.

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Not my thing

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Chill Bossa Nova music with no ambition. Track 11 includes a kid who can't sing, which pretty much guarantees a bad grade from me. Best track: Misty Roses

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Really smooth singing voice, but she has very limited range (which I think is her trademark). Every song is in 1 octave. Good background music, but that's really it for me. Did think the duet with her kid was cute. 2.5/5.

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Pleasant but non exciting

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The guy who invented the bossa nova beat was called Milton Banana.

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s. WhatsApp

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5/10

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Legno!

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Nice voice but the selection of songs could have been better

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Blij dat het klaar was. Het leek/was soms vals.

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Echt mijn best gedaan om hier iets goeds in te vinden en er zaten ook wel aardige dingen bij, maar toch echt niet heel boeiend verder.

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Pfoe, dat werd al snel van flauw

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Poor singing and very light weight music. Sounds like what might play in a '70s porn film. Not impressed.

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I found this boring

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Not my jam

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With a few notable options, this album is a solid jazzy sort-of nice dinner background music kind of thing. Doesn't hit as hard in 2022, but not offensive. EXCEPT for the weird parade song and the one with the child singing. Why??

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Pleasant, Latin-flavoured jazz-lite. I like her voice, but this is hardly the most inspired thing she ever did. Why did they choose THIS album? It doesn't really have anything to particularly recommend it. Soporific. Duet with child (You Didn't Have to Be So Nice) was cute, but I'm not sure I would want to listen to it too many times. I feel like only the final track, Nao Bate O Corocao, worked up a bit of energy. Did not hate, but seems like a pointless inclusion on this list.

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Not my bag

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This is by no means the best album of Astrud's era on Verve. It has some nice songs and good arrangements, but it's basically a repetition of the formula of americanizing bossa nova classics for the US, a staple of the 1960s that was already becoming boring in 1967. The result is a little bit more pop oriented than her previous records and the best tracks are reenditions of american standards, like "My Foolish Heart".

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Dated. Vintage sound. Some lyrics are in French, but it doesnt seem to matter.

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Pleasant listen. Will I come back to it? No thanks

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Pretty forgettable

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Not great, but not actively offensive either. Fine background music, the kind of thing you'd expect to hear playing in a hotel lobby, but no edge or interest. The penultimate song (You Didn't Have To Be So Nice) has a child singing on it and is vomit-inducing. Sits at the bottom end of a 2.

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I didn't hate it, and didn't want to turn it off. But I didn't like anything in here, either, and will not return.

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irritating af... hard to distinguish from my mood but still not sure this would ever not annoy the shit out of me

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This reminds me of something a middle school jazz band would play. At the same time, I feel like to should be drinking whiskey at work. If someone came over and I put this on, I would want to punch me in the face.

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Originally from the album title I thought! Great samba! And then I was bitterly disappointed. I would describe this as ‘divorce music’ and not the fun empowering kind. This album is 28mins of pure wet papier-mâché.

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Absolute bollocks, shouldn't be on this or any other list. Well, maybe a list of shite albums.

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Absolute bollocks

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Style banal et creux selon moi, malgré la très jolie voix d'Astrud Gilberto. Certains titres sont fun mais plutôt dans un style fête foraine. J'avoue avoir vécu cette écoute comme un supplice et j'ai été incapable de tenir mon engagement d'écouter chaque album en entier.

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No.

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Not my thing.

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Het leek nog best ok te starten, maar toen er op een gegeven moment een heel dweilorkest langskwam ontspoorde het wel behoorlijk. En dat hele bossanova-achtige jazzy gefrunnik gaan m'n nekharen ook behoorlijk van overeind staan.

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Ken haar alleen van Girl from Ipanima. Dat is nog wel te doen, maar dit is ronduit bagger. Je valszingende kind laten meeblèren doe je maar in je eigen tijd.

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Nothing special. No highlight tracks. Just was listened to, not enjoyed.

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I may be middle aged but I'm still not ancient enough to enjoy this

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Too old timey, slow samba feels

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Not for me

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Really? Why in the world is THIS album on this list. I understand that Astrud Gilberto IS Bossa Nova vocals in North America. The Girl from Ipanema is iconic and I am aware of her work with her husband Jaoa and Stan Getz. Honestly I am unfamiliar with her solo work, but listening to this lightweight album with its MOR pop songs and its cheesy production its obvious that there must be more substantial examples of bossa nova stylings in her catalogue. And sure enough a quick look at her allmusic.com page reveals 2 4.5 star albums and Beach Samba as one of her worst albums. 1.5 🌟 (as a personal aside, the inclusion of this album ...and some others I've come across...completely undermines the list as a whole. I don't know if other more worthy Astrud Gilberto albums made the list but the inclusion of this obviously inconsequential album from an admittedly important figure in the world of jazz vocal in general and bossa nova in particular is just baffling to me.)

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So. Much. Jazz flute. HARD PASS.

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I wanted to turn this off when i started listening. At no point did that change for me.

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Almost all of this record is unforgivable.

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