A totally groovy little record from Swedish singer Lill Lindfors – an artist who's got an equally great ear for sounds from France, Brazil, and even the American west coast – all of which she serves up here in her own unique style! Lill's music has always gotten attention from folks who are interested in the global spread of bossa during the 60s – but this wonderful album has even more to offer than just that, as Lindfors comes across with a depth that reminds us of Elis Regina on some of her more sophistcated late 60s sides, or maybe even some of the hipper French singers as things were really getting interesting once they moved past pop. Backings are by Marcus Osterdahls, who has a great way of moving between zippy sounds and more subtle ones – and Lills sings songs by Edu Lobo, Sonny Rollins, Jacques Brel, and The Beatles – plus some cool originals too. Titles include "Teresa", "Var Frihet", "Satt Lite Fart", "Den Forsta Sommaren", "Om Du Gar Din Vag", and "Har Ar Jag". CD
Gimmicks ... CD Polydor (Japan), Late 60s. Used ...
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Groovy bossa from Sweden! The Gimmicks may not look that hip, but this is a great album of jazzed-up bossa grooves – done in a harmony style that recalls Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, The Carnival, or some of the other great late 60s groups that were bringing a new vocal sound to the bossa. The arrangements have a very groovy feel to them – kind of in a Smallish Wonder mode – and the mixed male and female harmonies would make you feel a lot more like 1968 LA than Sweden, were it not for the fact that the language is changed on most of the tracks. Great stuff – with versions of "Roda", "The Look Of Love", "California My Way", "Going Out Of My Head", "Il Mio Mondo", and "Tim Dom Dom". CD