Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise Mono RLP 1021)

Not a big fan of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” (or “Ol’ Denture Breath,” as my mother waggishly refers to him), but this is a really tender record where the conversational tic of Frank’s singing finds a less oppressive way of expressing itself. The sophistication of the melodies, the urbanity of the lyrics (mostly by Jobim) and the gentle swing of this late strike (1967) in the Bossa Nova sweepstakes suits Sinatra’s pretensions without succumbing to them as so much of the bully-boy Capitol stuff does.

Like I say, not a big fan.

But this I like, even when it goes a bit creepy as the inevitable Ipanema girl passes seaward, not seeing, as we do, the bald-pated mafioso grunting “ahhhh!” as he greedily eyes her swaying posterior.

Note the early entry in the vanity label race.

Published in: on February 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Sinatra recorded a follow-up album with Jobim, but presumably because bossa nova was considered passe by then, only part of those sessions came out on one side of 1971’s “Sinatra & Company”, with the other side comprising (trendier?) lounge-style arrangements of pop hits of the day. However it does contain “Triste” which is better than anything off “FAS&ACJ” in my opinion…

    I’m sure if you asked most people what the biggest musical “B” of the 60’s was they would say the Beatles, but as far as I’m concerned it’s bossa nova!

  2. So Beatles Bossa Nova records must be your favourite then?

    I’ve got Bossa on the brain right now having recently picked up the new double CD Soul Jazz comp on the very subject. (I tend to get the 2CD sets of Soul Jazz [e.g. Dancehall 1 & 2, Can You Dig It, etc.] rather than buy two double Lps.)

  3. Somewhat surprisingly, bossa nova covers of Beatles songs seem rather thin on the ground – i’ve got over a hundred easy/funky/kitsch fab four covers in my collection, yet the only one that vaguely fits the bill is Laurindo Almeida’s interpretation of “Hey Jude”… Of course, there’s always that not-very-good MFP charity shop perennial “Beatles, Bach, Bacharach Go Bossa” out there for those who are desperate for a fix!

    talking of which, as far as important musical “B’s” of the 60’s goes, I’d also rank Burt Bacharach above the Beatles… and as far as Macca & Co. are concerned if someone gave me copies of the “red” and “blue” compilations and asked me to assemble a combined “best of” double LP, i would simply say “I’ll just keep the red one thanks”, and hand the blue one back!

  4. Apart from the near-perfect “Close To You” and most all the Dionne tunes, most Bacharach/David leaves me cold, especially the earlier cheesy stuff e.g. Perry Como, Gene Pitney, et. al.

    And as far as your Beatles not-the-most-important-musical-‘B’-of-the-60’s apostasy is concerned, what next? the freakin’ Bachelors?! 🙂

  5. next important-musical-“B”-of-the-60’s:

    the late great John Barry (RIP) with the “Bond” scores (is that a double-whammy?)

    thought my views on the Beatles night not go down too well ha ha! as I’ve already suggested, in my opinion a half-decent band in the early days before the drugs and global celebrity did for them, but never really a significant part of my musical world…

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