One of the most heavenly albums ever recorded – a sublime post-60s session by Joao Gilberto
, one with even more fluid grace than his original bossa nova classics! The setting here is extremely spare – Joao
on vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by only a slight bit of percussion – and recorded with an sound that's incredibly clear and incredibly precise – so that each gentle note, each slight rasp of the guitar comes through beautifully – as do Joao
's breathily personal vocals! There's a sense of poise and presence here that Gilberto
hardly matched again – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how great most of his other records already are. The whole thing's tremendous – a true treasure, and easily one of the top classics in Brazilian music from the 70s. Titles include a landmark version of "Aguas De Marco", plus "Undiu", "Falsa Baiana", "Avarandado", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Izaura", "E Preciso Perdoar", "Valsa", and "Eu Vim Da Bahia".
(Vinyl is great, but cover has light wear, a small rip, and a light crease.)