My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Beach Samba was recorded and released in 1966. This is the second appearance by Astrid Gilberto, the first was singing vocal parts on her then husband’s collaboration with Stan Getz: Gilberto/Getz in 1963.
What I think: I liked this album, it was mellow and simple lyrically (I’m guessing this is do to Gilberto’s limited grasp of the English language who was originally from Portugal), but in keeping with the beach vibe these are good things. The instrumentation on the album is really mixed nicely. There are flute based tracks (Stay), piano based (Misty Roses), Big Band-ish (The Face I Love) and even marching band stylings (A Banda). The winner on this album though has to be the very sweet duet with her young son on “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m surprised I enjoyed this album as much as I did. It fits the time period really well though, it has a bright ’60s flower thing going that is really nice and fits really well in the mid-June time period I am posting this.
Rating (Out of 5):4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (61/79)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%