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Café Après-midi: Vigogne

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All you really need to know about Café Après-midi: Vigogne is that it contains the best version -- okay, the only listenable version -- of "You Light Up My Life" ever recorded: Judy Roberts' sweet, breezy rendition minimizes the pap and comes dangerously close to actually swinging. All in all, Vigogne is a good but not great entry in the series, focusing solely on songs licensed to Japan's Canyon Records label. The end result is a set with arguably the strongest Brazilian flavor of all the Café Après-midi collections, most notable for its inclusion of a number of rare tracks from the RGE label, but sadly lacking in the wild, genre-hopping eclecticism that distinguishes compiler Toru Hashimoto's finest moments. That said, if you're less interested in sunshine pop obscurities and cool jazz classics than you are flashes of bossa nova and MPB brilliance, this one's for you. Highlights include Marcos Valle's "Sei La," Wanda Sá's "Vagamente," Janet Lawson's "Sunday Afternoon," and Cortex's "L'Enfant Samba."