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This Super Hot Stamper side two was one of the best sounding sides we heard in our recent shootout. The original Rainbow Label Capitols can be very good (if you can find a clean one) but oftentimes the mastering has the crude quality we all know so well from our old Beatles and Beach Boys records from the mid-’60s.
Side two is so clear, transparent and distortion-free that there’s no doubt in our minds that the bad sound of most pressings is not the fault of the master tape, but rather the very same bad mastering chain that ruined so many Capitol albums in those days.
More Antonio Carlos Jobim
A++ , clear and clean, and so natural sounding. If it were a bit richer it would have been competitive with the best we’ve ever heard.
AMG Rave Review
A year before Stan Getz first met up with Charlie Byrd to launch bossa nova in the United States, Joao Gilberto (with backing by an orchestra led by Antonio Carlos Jobim) recorded a dozen bossa nova performances, including “One Note Samba,” “Meditation,” “Corcovado” and even “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.” But since this record was not heard domestically until after bossa nova caught on, it had less of an impact than one would expect. The emphasis is on Gilberto’s voice (and his guitar during the instrumental “Um Abraco No Bonfa”) during the very brief renditions, all of which are under two minutes.
- Stunning sound throughout with an amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with a solid Double Plus (A++) side one
- Both sides here are clean, clear and dynamic yet still full of rich and warm 1963 Tubey Magical Analog
- About as quiet as we can find them — Mint Minus Minus on both sides
- 4 1/2 Stars on All Music — “A dozen songs, each one destined to become a standard — an astounding batting average.”
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We’re big fans of Jobim here at Better Records, and this pressing was one of the best from our recent shootout. We had a wonderful time listening to a big pile of pressings — the sound (and music) were OUT OF THIS WORLD. We were shocked at just how well recorded this album is.
Credit engineer Phil Ramone for correctly capturing the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, flutes, strings, drums, percussion instruments — everything has the natural timbre of the real thing. I used to think this recording erred on the bright side, but not the Hot Stamper copies. They are tonally Right On The Money. (When the balance lacks lower midrange the sound gets lean, which causes the strings to seem brighter than they really are, a not uncommon problem with some of the pressings we played.)
Many Distinct Pressings
We’ve played a ton of different versions, including imports, originals, reissues (all stereo), and one lone mono, which was so ridiculously bad sounding we tossed it right out of the competition and into the trade pile. (more…)
JazzTimes gets the lowdown on who did what to whom on the legendary Jazz Samba album. Click here to read all about it.
- This original Epic pressing has superb Shootout Winning sound, earning a Triple Plus (A+++) grade on side two and close to it on side one
- If you’re looking to demonstrate just how good 1966 All Tube Analog sound can be, this copy is just the record that can do it
- The soundstage, depth and height of this spacious recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you’ve heard
- “One of the better early bossa albums by Bonfa, and one that doesn’t have the sleepy quality that you find on some of his other records. Luiz’ guitar is backed by a nice little combo, and the tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time.”
This is a simply wonderful Brazilian jazz guitar record, as well as what appears to be a mostly undiscovered gem. As an exceptional recording of excellent Brazilian guitar music from 1966, it is being offered to you by the music loving audiophiles at Better Records, folks who like to think they know a good sounding record when they hear one. (more…)
Engineering the first of the great Jazz Samba series
No Stan Getz on the site at the moment but a few commentaries and reviews you might find of interest.