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Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Frank Sinatra

Antônio Carlos Jobim

1967

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Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Album Summary

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim is a 1967 album by Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim. The tracks were arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, accompanied by a studio orchestra. Along with Jobim's original compositions, the album features three standards from the Great American Songbook, ("Change Partners", "I Concentrate on You", and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads") arranged in the bossa nova style. Sinatra and Jobim followed up this album with sessions for a second collaboration, titled Sinatra-Jobim. That album was briefly released on 8-track tape (Reprise 8FH 1028) in 1969 before being taken out of print at Sinatra's behest, due to concerns over its sales potential. Several of the Sinatra-Jobim tracks were subsequently incorporated in the Sinatra & Company album (1971) and the Sinatra–Jobim Sessions compilation (1979). In 2010 the Concord Records label issued a new, comprehensive compilation titled Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings. At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards in 1968, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, but lost to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sinatra had won the previous two Grammy awards for album of the year, in 1967 and 1966. Jobim had to wait for Sinatra to return from a holiday in Barbados where he was taking a mutually agreed 'break' from his marriage to Mia Farrow.Guitarist Al Viola played on "Change Partners" due to Jobim's difficulty with the track, but is not credited on the album. Lyricists Aloysio de Oliveria and Ray Gilbert were also present at the sessions.The album was recorded on January 30 and February 1, 1967, at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Later in the evening of February 1, Sinatra and his daughter, Nancy, recorded their single "Somethin' Stupid".

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Like a limp dick dipped in cold custard.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

I bet Sinatra was a total prick asshole and a shitty driver, but I love those sweet pipes of his... mmmm.... Sinatra is no replacement for Astrud Gilberto, however. Sinatra is a classic in himself and I wish he wouldn't have tried rewriting some of these Bossa Nova classics. Stay in your own damn lane, Frank! This is borderline offensive, is what it is.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

I think I most like the one where he’s actively trying to bang a woman that's dancing with a man she seems to be both in love with and married to.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Frankie is always pleasant, but he just doesn't seem as comfortable trying to adapt his style to bossa nova and it comes off as a little forced/trend-hoppy. He's smooth as butter, but butter doesn't go on everything.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Waiting room music for the insufferable.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

"When 4chan cries, nae nae to me." - Frank Sinatra Great album, great vibe. Sinatra is in my blood, so of course I love this. None of his most classic hits, but clearly going for a specific atmosphere in this pairing with Jobim. I can't say I pulled out a ton of notable tracks, but the whole thing is great. I'd definitely listen to this again. Favorite tracks: The Girl from Ipanema (Amy Winehouse did it better), I Concentrate On You, Meditation. Album art: Love the smoky studio picture. I also love the framing around the picture. It's a really regal album cover, and I also love the use of full names. Great job, fellas. 4/5

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Is Frank Sinatra cool by modern standards. Like, he is, but what I mean is like, is he problematic. Like by today’s standards should he be canceled? Anyway great album.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

I know he's supposed to be the King of Croon and the Sultan of Smooth but, to me, Sinatra always comes across as a sleazy egomaniac. That's what's on display here. The album gets three stars from me not because of Sinatra but in spite of him. Jobin is an amazing musician forced to play second fiddle to Sinatra's ego and it's a shame. I could have used ten times more Jobin and way less of ol' Frankie Blue Eyes.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Frank, an absolute classic. My housemates and I listen to this stuff during dinner and it's amazing. The soft intent of these songs make our dining just a little special even when it's just the 5 of us.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

This was a nice retro way to while away the morning. Frank's voice is always smooth and easy.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

I'm sure Sinatra was just an insufferable asshole in real life, but you can't argue with the hits.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Quel bonheur... Après une semaine difficile, marquée par une accumulation d'albums notés d'une simple paire d'étoiles, celle-ci s'annonce radieuse. Elle commence en ce lundi avec l'album Frankie Bossa Nova, qui, soit dit en passant, est une réussite. J'ai particulièrement aimé le morceau Ai Se Eu Te Pego même si ma préférée reste évidemment le tube Coup de Boule dans lequel Sinatra démarre en trombe avec son célèbre gimmick "attention c'est la danse du coup de boule !" Le crooner à la voix de velours est décidément à l'aise dans tous les styles.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

Boring, it brought out the worst of both artists.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
1

“Some day I may buy her a ring, ringle-lingle” oh my god shut up you absolute asshole

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

I love this album, this is not my first time hearing it, so it's great to revisit it. Frank Sinatra's voice fits bossa nova so perfectly, so I am so grateful that this album even exists. Right from the start we get a classic. This isn't as good as the Gilberto version, but the guitar and horn section of this song give it a much grander feeling. Every song is so smooth, I got a nostalgic and emotional response from so many of these tracks, there's just something about them that hits me. I love the reworks of the American songs into bossa nova style, it works so well that I have a hard time imagining them as anything else. The synergy that Sinatra and Jobim have on these songs is astounding. I can just imagine them in the studio, cigarette smoke in the air, joking around in a manner that reflects the light and relaxed nature of the music. This is probably the smoothest and softest that I, and many others, have heard Sinatra, especially at the time in his career that this was released, I think it was a brave venture for him. I belive this album was very important for getting bossa nova into the American mainstream. I just want to reiterate that I love this album, and I could listen to it over and over again. Favorite Track: Baubles Bangles and Beads

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Mon May 30 2022
2

Oh god damnit. His version of Girl From Ipanema is not terrible but there are other versions that i enjoy way better. The orchestration on the track is good. I still think Frank Sinatra is hilariously overrated because he is at best a 2nd rate vocal talent. However, his voice on this record is tempered by the softness of the orchestration. This modulation to a less forceful vocal texture makes his voice more palatable, at least to me. Also a change-up to a bossa nova record allows for a different viewing of the same voice. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and Meditation almost sound the same, though the latter has more of Frank's "upper register" which basically is just the sound of peanut butter melting on a string section. I Concentrate On You fucking sucks. Once I Loved also fucking sucks. Bossa Nova is a great music genre I will have to look more into and I still hate Frank Sinatra.

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Fri Jan 27 2023
2

So I do NOT like Sinatra. Something about him always rubbed me the wrong way. That being said I've never listened to a full album by him and I'll give it a try. This is just mafia love songs ughh Every one of these songs is just the same love song over and over, how'd this guy make a 40 year career out of this??? I can barely make it through this. I'm half way through and now I know people say all metalcore is this same.

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Fri Mar 03 2023
2

I have never been a Frank Sinatra fan. I find his music terribly bland. This music is sought after by thirsty housewives. Don't get me wrong, musically, this is a tight album, but Frank's crooning is annoying as hell. Antonio's injection of Bossa Nova really helped this album. Frank was apparently a womanizer. An example of this can be heard in the song Change Partners, where Frank tries to convince a lady who appears to be in love with her boyfriend/husband to dump his ass so she can "dance" with him.... Dance in the bird region.... Settle down Frank, you're not God's gift to women. Amy Farrah-Fowler's version of "The Girl from Ipanema" was better. Overall, not my type of music at all. This whole Broadway scene in NY in the 40's does nothing at all to peak my interest. Probably revolutionary at the time, but it didn't age well. I won't listen again, but I get why it's on this list. Favourite songs: The Girl from Ipanema, "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" Least favourite songs: Dindi... And others.... It all blended together into a bland mess. 2/5

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Sun Mar 24 2024
2

Have you ever heard the Frank Sinatra song “What Time Does the Next Miracle Leave?” You’d know it if you have. It’s kind of unforgettable, but not in the way you might think…It’s the one where he sings about space travel and visiting all the planets in our solar system. In it, there’s this amazing lyrical section: “Mercury will lead us out to Neptune and her deep blue sea. [musical interlude] (And then) And then to Uranus (Uranus) Uranus is heaven, (Heaven, heaven) (How will you know, Francis, if it's really heaven?)” I think that’s a great question…Is Uranus really heaven? If it is, how can we be sure it’s heaven? Fret not, Ol’ Blue Eyes lets us know how you can tell in the next line: “How will I know? I will know, if they meet me at the station, With a cheese and tomato pizza, Well done (well done), and a little red wine.” So there you go…Uranus is Heaven and they have pizza there. Thank you for unwrapping the mysteries of life, Francis Albert Sinatra. Putting aside the Frank Sinatra of it all, I’m curious as to why Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave” isn’t on the list as well, or in place of this. I’m not really seeing why the addition of Frank Sinatra would be considered such a marked improvement over Jobim’s other work. In fact, I feel like Sinatra’s singing sometimes hampers these songs, making them a bit clunky. The instrumentals here are great, but as you can tell, I’m not a Sinatra fan. I’d rather just have an album of Jobim. If you’re like me, go check out “Wave”.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
5

The best album ever. Tanvi also said the same.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

As expected from both artists, it's a great chill album.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

If it was possible to make nails on a chalk board sound good, he would have been the one to be able to do it

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Maybe Frank’s last truly great album?

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Just beautiful, what else can I say. We grew up with Frankie in the house and it was great listening to a whole album by him and this album is definitely one of his best ones. What can beat The Girl From Ipanema, absolutely nothing? Well maybe Girl from the North Country but, a paisan like Frank Sinatra blows Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan outta da water. "Fughetta Bout it!" -Joseph Klein, Yes this is an original quote by me.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Perfeito. Finalmente algo bom após dias e dias de música ruim

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

It's like it knew I was joining on Friday

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Beautiful, the type of album that can transport you to another time and place, makes me forget some of the bad.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

a very relaxing experience. So glad to revisit thIs gem.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Wat een geweldig album. Heerlijk relaxed. Vijf sterren.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Девушка из ипонемы!

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Really enjoyed this Bossa Nova banger

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

November 1, 2021 Maybe I'm just in the right mood for this, but I guess I like Frank Sinatra. And/or bossa nova? Particular standouts were "How Insensitive" and "I Concentrate On You"

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Unbelievably fantastic audio quality.. Sinatra's voice is really something else.. absolutely amazing album

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Straight up 5-star without even having to listen much. Seriously, this is an absolute winner.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Two masters doing what they do best.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Love bossa nova and Sinatra fits into this very well.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

So smooth. Transports you to a different, more romantic place.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Esse álbum é extraordinário. Você simplesmente se sente em uma época da qual não viveu. Ideal para imaginar que é rico, tomar uma taça de vinho e fumar vários cigarros depois de um dia fodido de trabalho!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Cigarette soaked voice over some Bosa Nova I'm all about it.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Great listening album. Frank Sinatra was a Rock Star then and still is a Rock Star today. Music will never be forgotten!!!!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Super chill. Easy to listen to. Will come back for another listen for sure.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Quality sound! Looking forward to listening to this on a cocktail hour.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Like the Wii Shop Music. Really makes me wanna just croon it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Oh wow this hit so hard today! That arrangement of girl from ipanema is perfection! All stars!

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Every song is fabulous. The musicians, the singers, all of it

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I didn't realize how sultry he was. Very sexy. Highlights: Dindi Change Partners Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars really, most of them. Swoon.

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Sun Jan 01 2023
5

Previously listened to a lot of these songs sung by Blossom Dearie. Much stronger bossa nova feel compared with her. Thoroughly enjoyable and very slick.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Love Frank, this album is particularly smooth and easy

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Fri Feb 24 2023
5

Lovely album with chill vibes. The lyrics maybe a little questionable in this day and age tho

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Sat Apr 01 2023
5

Fantastic album. Great vibes makes me wish i could dance with someone

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Mon Apr 17 2023
5

Arguably my favorite discovery upon starting this incredible journey of music!!! This record is such a beautiful gem, an outstanding collection of beautiful ballads. Opener The Girl From Ipanema opens on a very high note, and rarely does the quality ever drop. I feel this will become a record I will really grow to cherish over time Favorite lyrics: - But I watch her so sadly. How can I tell her I love her. Yes, I would give my heart gladly. But each day, when she walks to the sea. She looks straight ahead, not at me. - If I only had words, I would say all the beautiful. Things that I see when you're with me. - This is where I want to be. Here with you so close to me. Until the final flicker of life's ember. I, who was lost and lonely. Believing life was only. A bitter tragic joke, have found with you. The meaning of existence, my love. - I will wait for you. Till the sun falls from out of the sky. For what else can I do? I will wait for you. Meditating how sweet life will be. When you come back to me. Favorite tracks: - The Girl From Ipanema - Change Partners - Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - How Insensitive - Baubles, Bangles And Beads 9 out of 10

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Fri Apr 21 2023
5

So sweet and relaxing. Love in the streets and in the air. Sensuality with a pure and very intelligent playing.

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Mon May 29 2023
5

Bossa nova classics with Frank and Jobim. Trombone solos!

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

HOLY SHIT YES YES YES. I wrote a short story on Bossa Nova last year and throughout the whole time was just listening to Jobim and Gilberto, mwah. Love Sinatra so this will be amazing. IT OPENS WITH GAROTTA DE IPANEMA OFC!!!

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Thu Jul 06 2023
5

Music for resting, everything’s alright

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

More than the sum of its parts. And when the parts are great, the album will be fantastic. Shoutout to the band and orchestration which really shine.

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Wed Nov 08 2023
5

Two masters as the height of their powers. A great album and collaboration.

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Sun Nov 26 2023
5

A great meeting of the minds and fine bossa nova album. And the end of Sinatras golden age.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Confession: I’m a huge Frank fan. He was the soundtrack behind so many all nighters at my law firm in New York. But I wasn’t familiar with this album at all. I loved it. Made me want to watch early James Bond movies. It feels so analogue to me; from a time of mechanical Leica cameras, automatic Rolex watches and stick-shift Porsche 356’s. What really impressed me was that they recorded this in two days, after which Frank and his daughter recorded the hit “Somethin’ Stupid” in one evening. It’s like they just called Frank and said, “Frankie! Come down and sing some songs” and he just says “Hit me. And a one, and a two…”. And bada bing bada boom, it’s done. Contrast with the G&R album we just reviewed where Axl Rose burned up studio time and drove his band mates crazy singing one line at a time. Not Frank. Just sing the songs we got for you, Frank. One take. Pure gold.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

You can't go wing with Frank. Wonderful album! It made me want to sit back and chill with a cocktail.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

An unexpected and special album. I am swooning a bit after this one... if only there were more complete surprises on this list like this! A very welcome experience on my new Focal headphones, it was all cocktail lounge lush and adorable, good stereo separation, and yes, I hear the certain vulnerability in his voice, that amazing amazing voice. I tend to prefer female vocals for this genre / American standards / bossa nova and mood, (other than George Michael in his later years) and now I have a 2nd exception: Frank. he does stand a little alone, and then this album. Slightly slower and gentler versions of the songs than I knew. Its also an amazing clear recording, might I add. I turned it right up, and nothing is lost.... just the barest hiss (yes, I am now seeking out "Sinatra–Jobim Sessions" for just a little more... just like people do after hearing "Ella & Louis" for the first time) . [GRATEFUL FOR a lovely entry point to Frank Sinatra - this is the first album of his I have ever heard]

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

Sinatra was the second greatest white male singer of the 20th century. Elvis pipped him, but only just. Elvis had the greater note range and stylistic range. But within Sinatra limits, he was untouchable. He could break your heart. He could lift a crappy song to high art. He could make you think you were in the heavens with a great song. Give him a great arranger and it’s hard to even explain. Yes, he was a mixture of great human being and puerile awful son of a bitch, but it’s about the voice. He was the voice. Try and understand it. With one of the great Latin songwriters, Jobim, this could have collapsed under its own weight if expectations. It doesn’t. Sinatra, for all the macho swagger, had the lightest of touch when it was needed. Really, girl from Ipanema is all you need to get this album. But all of it is great, even the oversung by mediocrities how insensitive. That this lost out to Sgt Peppers for album of the year is no slight against either album. Finally a must hear.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

I love Sinatra and Jobim so I can't be objective.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
5

Helped me calm down while my parents were fighting. Good fun

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

This album was way before my time, but I can tell going into it that it is something pretty special. (Also neat to get another orchestra album right after S&M). While listening to this I was reading more about the history or this album: who Jobim was, more about Sinatra, and just the goings on about music during the time. A collaboration album like this is a great seed to grow a whole lesson out of and it makes me want to be a teacher of a music history class if only to share this with a whole room of students. Nothing I've said so far has really anything to do with the tracks themselves, but I'm not sure anything needs to be said. Every one is just a pleasant experience that just emanates a timeless, classic sound that can be listened to forever. I know I'm just at the very tip of an iceberg for Sinatra's career and I'm already starting to see why he was such a big deal. Favorite track: "If you never come to me" 5/5

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Smooth Brazilian bossa nova beats and Frank’s voice (from that era). A can’t miss. Brought back memories of my dad, cocktail parties spent in my room but overhearing this kind of music and a time embedded in my musical conciseness. Perfect orchestrations and arrangements. Sinatra’s voice at its finest. Five stars.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

This made for a pleasant, lovely afternoon. I love Jobim’s music!

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Smooth and classy. Top-notch!

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

I felt so hip and classy today…although I am sure that I was neither.

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