Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim



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    Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim Reprise / Universal
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Review Text By 1967, bossa nova had become quite popular within jazz and traditional pop audiences, yet Frank Sinatra hadn't attempted any Brazil-influenced material. Sinatra decided to record a full-fledged bossa nova album with the genre's leading composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Arranged by Claus Ogerman and featuring Jobim on guitar and backing vocals, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim concentrated on Jobim's originals, adding three American classics -- "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," "Change Partners," and "I Concentrate on You" -- that were rearranged to suit bossa nova conventions. The result was a subdued, quiet album that used the Latin rhythms as a foundation, not as a focal point. Supported by a relaxed, sympathetic arrangement of muted brass, simmering percussion, soft strings, and Jobim's lilting guitar, Sinatra turns in an especially noteworthy performance; he has never sounded so subtle, underplaying every line he delivers and showcasing vocal techniques that he never had displayed before. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim doesn't reveal its pleasures immediately; the album is too textured and understated to be fully appreciated within one listen. After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener's skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the '60s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Girl From Ipanema - 3:19
  2. 2. Dindi - 4:32
  3. 3. Change Partners - 3:42
  4. 4. Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars - 3:46
  5. 5. Meditation - 3:54
  6. 6. If You Never Come to Me - 2:11
  7. 7. How Insensitive - 3:18
  8. 8. I Concentrate on You - 3:38
  9. 9. Baubles, Bangles and Beads - 3:35
  10. 10. Once I Loved - 3:40
  11. 11. Sinatra-Jobim Medley: Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars/Change Partners/I Concentrate on You/The Girl From Ipanema - 7:31
  12. 12. Girl From Ipanema - 11:09

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