Carmen Miranda

The Brazilian Bombshell [Legend]

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This is a superb compilation of Carmen Miranda's work, assembled from radio broadcasts, film soundtracks, and other media sources -- not only is her singing well represented but so is her broader pop culture persona, through her spoken word segments between songs, mostly from the radio. She comes off as a truly larger-than-life figure, but also warmly engaging, and smarter than she sounds, much in the manner of a Latina Gracie Allen, only more endearing. Included are her various signature tunes and the major performances from her movies, most notably her featured songs from Busby Berkeley's The Gang's All Here (1943), most of them in surprisingly good sound and well edited. The accompanying art work and annotation aren't bad, either, and overall this is a good place to start if one were just finding out about Miranda.

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