Astrud Gilberto

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Astrud Gilberto

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The discount-priced compilation 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Astrud Gilberto is a reasonable highlights disc drawn from Gilberto's recordings for Verve Records originally released between 1964 and 1967, her period of greatest visibility in the U.S. About the length of an old LP, the 12-track set of course includes Gilberto's big novelty hit with Stan Getz, "The Girl from Ipanema," along with plenty of other Brazilian pop of the era, including three more songs composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The selection also illustrates Gilberto's move into American pop, with covers of such songs as folk-rock singer/songwriter Tim Hardin's "Misty Roses," the traditional pop standard "Fly Me to the Moon," and the movie theme "The Shadow of Your Smile." Gilberto's artless singing style is displayed best on the earlier tracks, but she maintains her charm throughout, making this a good, reasonably priced addition to the collection of any jazz-pop fan who doesn't already own a similar disc.

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