Reference: UBCD 314
Bar code: 8427328123143
3 original albums + extra tracks in just 1 CD
The most comprehensive compilation of his first recordings, including 20-page booklet with original art work, album liner notes and all the lyrics, presented in a nice Digipack format.
Without question, these are the songs who started the Bossa Nova craze worldwide.
In summer 1958, João Gilberto -an unknown 28 year-old Brazilian guitarist and singer from Bahia- made his recording debut as a singer with two songs "Chega de Saudade" and "Bim Bom." With a new rhythmic feeling, batida, and rich harmonies he laid the basis of the modern Brazilian samba, now known as Bossa Nova. Underpinned by his insouciantly swinging guitar, Joãos seductive, vibratoless vocals caressed both ear and soul in a mesmerizing, highly addictive combination, refreshing and modern. Chega de Saudade was a hit, launching Gilbertos career and the bossa nova craze. Soon, singers and guitarists were trying to imitate him and composers were all on a Desafinado (the second Gilbertos hit) and Chega de Saudade kick. The longawaited renewal of the Brazilian samba was now a fact. Antonio Carlos Jobim said: Gilberto appeared as a light, as a big star in the firmament, in the heavens. He became a focus, because he was pulling the guitar in one way and singing the other way, which created a third thing that was profound. Yes, the guy who brought the Bossa Nova beat to the world was João Gilberto.
01. Chega de Saudade (Jobim-De Moraes) 2:00
02. Bim Bom (João Gilberto) 1:12
03. Hó Bá Lá Lá Lá (João Gilberto) 2:14
04. Desafinado (Jobim-Mendonça) 1:57
05. Brigas, Nunca Mais (Jobim-De Moraes) 2:03
06. Morena Boca de Ouro (Ary Barroso) 1:56
07. Maria Ninguém (Carlos Lyra) 2:20
08. Lobo Bobo (Lyra-Bôscoli) 1:18
09. Aos Pés da Cruz (Pinto-Gonçalves) 1:31
10. É Luxo Só (Barroso-Peixoto) 1:54
11. Saudade Fez um Samba (Lyra-Bôscoli) 1:46
12. Rosa Morena (Dorival Caymmi) 2:02
13. Manhã de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá) 2:31
14. O Nosso Amor / A Felicidade (De Moraes / Jobim-De Moraes) 3:03
15. Só Em Teus Braços (Antonio C. Jobim) 1:44
16. Se é Tarde Me Perdoa (Lyra-Bôscoli) 1:41
17. Meditação (Jobim-Mendonça) 1:43
18. Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 1:55
19. Discussão (Jobim-Mendonça) 1:47
20. Amor Certinho (Roberto Guimarães) 1:49
21. Um Abraço no Bonfá (João Gilberto) 1:34
22. Doralice (Almeida-Caymmi) 1:24
23. Samba de Uma Nota Só (Jobim-Mendonça) 1:35
24. O Pato (Silva-Texeira) 1:57
25. Outra Vez (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 1:48
26. Trevo de 4 Folhas (Im Looking Over a 4-Leaf Clover)
(Nilo Sergio - Adpt: Woods-Dixon) 1:21
27. Bolinha de Papel (Geraldo Pereira) 1:15
28. Samba da Minha Terra (Dorival Caymmi) 2:19
29. Saudade da Bahia (Dorival Caymmi) 2:16
30. Trenzinho (Trem de Ferro) (Lauro Maia) 1:48
31. Presente de Natal (Nelcy Noronha) 1:50
32. O Barquinho (Menescal-Bôscoli) 2:28
33. Insensatez (Jobim-De Moraes) 2:22
34. O Amor em Paz (Jobim-De Moraes) 2:19
35. Coisa Mais Linda (Lyra-De Moraes) 2:48
36. Você e Eu (Lyra-De Moraes) 2:28
37. A Primeira Vez (Marçal-Barcellos) 1:50
38. Este Seu Olhar (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 2:11
39. Este Seu Olhar (Jobim) 2:34 [Bonus track]
Tracks #1-12 from "Chega de Saudade" (12" LP)
Brasil, Odeon 3073 (1959)
USA issue "The Warm World of João Gilberto" Atlantic 8076 (1963)
Tracks #13-14 from "João Gilberto" (7" EP, 33rpm)
Brasil, Odeon 7BD-1034 (1959)
(7" EP, 45rpm) - Brasil, Odeon BWB 1092 (1959)
Tracks #15-26 from "O amor, o sorriso e a flor" (12" LP)
Brasil, Odeon 3151 (1960)
USA issue "Brazil's Brilliant João Gilberto" Capitol T-10280 (1962)
Tracks #27-38 from "João Gilberto" (12" LP)
Brasil, Odeon 3202 (1961)
USA issue "The Boss of the Bossa Nova" Atlantic 8070 (1962)
Track #39 Not issued in the original album
Personnel on tracks #1-12:
Music arranged and conducted by A.C. Jobim.
João Gilberto (guitar, vocals). Musicians featured in these sides: Nicolino Cópia Copinha & Jorge Ferreira da Silva "Jorginho" flute; Edmundo Maciel, trombone, Milton Banana (Antonio de Souza), drums; Guarany, percussion; Juquinha, triangle, Rubens Bassini, bongo; Milton, Acyr e Edgardo, choir.
Personnel on #13-14:
João Gilberto (guitar, vocals) with Orchestra.
Personnel on #15-26:
João Gilberto (guitar, vocals) with orchestra arranged and conducted by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Track #21: Guitar solo, arranged by João Gilberto
Personnel on #27-39:
Tracks #27-31: João Gilberto (guitar, vocals) with Walter Wanderley Group
Tracks #32-35: with orchestra arranged by Jobim
Tracks #36 & 37: with Jobim (piano) and rhythm
Track #38: Gilberto accompanies himself on guitar
Track #39: Gilberto with Jobim (piano) and rhythm
Original recordings produced by Aloysio de Oliveira
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered
The poet Vinicius de Moraes pointed out that the bossa nova movement began after his first songs with Antonio Carlos Jobim appeared in the 1958 album Cançao do Amor Demais, sung by Elizete Cardoso and played by an unknown 28 year-old guitarist from Baia named João Gilberto. He accompanied the singer (in two songs Chega de Saudade and Outra vez) with a new rhythmic feeling, batida, and with rich harmonies that would become the trademark of the modern Brazilian samba, which became known as Bossa Nova.
Shortly after this recording, João Gilberto made his own debut single with a 78rpm record including Chega de Saudade and Bim Bom. The success in São Paulo swelled to Rio and the song title turned into a national hit, launching Gilbertos career and the bossa nova craze. A star was born. His first Odeon LP, Chega de Saudade, appeared in 1959 and was followed by two more O Amor, O Sorriso e a Flor (1960) and João Gilberto (1961). In each the singer featured older sambas and popular songs from the 1940s and 50s, and new songs by a younger generation of performer / composers such as Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal, all
performed in Gilbertos distinctive style. His seductive, vibratoless vocals caressed both the ear and the soul, underpinned by his insouciantly swinging guitar in a mesmerizing, highly addictive combination, refreshing and modern.
Soon, singers and guitarists were trying to imitate him and composers were all on the Desafinado (the second Gilbertos hit) and Chega de Saudade kick. The long-awaited renewal of the Brazilian samba was now a fact. Antonio Carlos Jobim said: Gilberto appeared as a light, as a big star in the firmament, in the heavens. He became a focus, because he was pulling the guitar in one way and singing the other way, which created a third thing that was profound. Yes, the guy who brought the Bossa Nova beat to the world was João Gilberto.
By 1962, bossa nova had been embraced by North American jazz musicians like Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, and Stan Getz. During that year and 1963, when Bossa Nova was a musical fad in United States, the three João Gilberto albums were released in the United States by Atlantic and Capitol Records to popular acclaim.
In his native country The Father of Bossa Nova, João Gilberto, is called O Mito (The Myth). In its mixture of affection and respect it is an apt, well-deserved nickname for the one who opened a new page in the history of popular music.