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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the few Reprise Sinatra albums worth having
1967 was a year in which Sinatra had passed his greatest artistic achievements. Worried by the fact that he was losing a lot of ground to the Elvis and Beatles phenonemons as well as the fact that they had helped to shape a completely new popular musical landscape in the 60's which no longer held Sinatra as top of the pile, he resorted to lame, shallow imitations of the...
Published on 12 Jan 2003 by markhorton2

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but think I prefer Antonio Carlos Jobim solo or with other Brasilian musicians/singers
Not the sharpest of recordings …. being of its time I guess ….
But pleasant enough ….

Prefer the more moving / emotive / rhythmic recordings of Antonio Carlos Jobim alone or with other Brasilian musicians / singers ….. finding them more sophisticated in their truth and more inspiring in the truth of their ethnicity / musicality (if...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the few Reprise Sinatra albums worth having, 12 Jan 2003
This review is from: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Audio CD)
1967 was a year in which Sinatra had passed his greatest artistic achievements. Worried by the fact that he was losing a lot of ground to the Elvis and Beatles phenonemons as well as the fact that they had helped to shape a completely new popular musical landscape in the 60's which no longer held Sinatra as top of the pile, he resorted to lame, shallow imitations of the above mentioned,particularly Elvis in an attempt to stay relevant.
Big mistake! His choice of songs sometimes reached new depths of
awfulness-anyone who believes My Way to be his finest moment needs to be banished to the middle of the Pacific in a holed boat- and owning his own record company, with a distinct lack of check on his artistic decisions, didn't help either.
With this album , however, Sinatra not only harked back to the very best of the swaggering Capitol days, but discovered a new voice in himself, following in the style of Joao Gilberto's hushed, haunting, melancholy virtual-whisper.
The end-result of this album is that of the listener having to crane his/her neck to catch the beautiful, hushed vocals Sinatra presents here, backed by a band that couldn't play quietly enough for him.
Jobim's songs stand as a testament to the man's sheer genius. His gift of melody allied to his incredible harmonic sense ( You'll rarely hear chord changes so achingly gorgeous as these) stood his songs in high regard throughout the music world, and on this album you get to hear some of his finest early bossas and sambas-Corcovado,Meditation,Insensatez among others- getting a very special treatment from the gifted hands of Claus Ogermann who conjures up some wonderful arrangements to give this album such a unique atmosphere.
Sinatra responds to these arrangements in soft, highly-charged and emotive voice and he can only be praised for helping to bring this music to an audience who perhaps might not have come across it before.
Jobim provides his trademark spare,thoughtful piano playing, never one to play too many notes, always seeing how his notes can help heighten the harmonic tension and release- just listen to his piano playing in isolation for a few songs to get an insight into his fertile musical mind- he also provides a few choice vocals, although you need to be aware that his is not the finest voice in the World, it does still help to add to the atmosphere positively.
The treatment here of Berlin's 'Change Partners' just cannot be bettered, it is so sad and achingly beautiful in every way and Cole Porter must have been proud that on this album his song 'I concentate on you' just sounds so good.
This is a delicious album and some of the finest music-making Sinatra was ever involved in.As others have said it is brief, but anything else would just be filler in this instance, they leave you wanting loads more, just how a musical experinece should be!
Sinatra restores faith with this album but yet still churned out tosh afterwards, although if you love this, you must check out 'Sinatra and Company' (1970). There is no better display of where he went wrong, the first half a magical collaboration with another Brazilian wizard Eumir Deodato featuring more classic Jobim songs, the second half a dull, uninteresting collaboration with Don Costa of half-baked songs like ' I will drink the Wine'.
Sinatra was too good for nonsense like that and this here gem of an album is worth every single penny ,don't delay!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It whispers music to the weary spirit, 3 April 2006
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Leonard Fleisig "Len" (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Audio CD)
I purchased this album because the U.S.-based author (and Sinatra aficionado) Pete Hamill claimed in his book "Why Sinatra Matters" that it was one of Sinatra's best. Nevertheless I was skeptical because quite often a record producer or performer will get the idea that creating a `super group' or pairing two very talented musicians will create a record that is even greater than the sum of its parts. That usually doesn't happen. The usual result is one in which each `diva' takes a turn showcasing his or her talents. "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim" is a rare and very pleasant exception. Although not a 50-50 blend, this album really showcases Sinatra performing the great Jobim's music, the result is virtually flawless.
Sinatra & Jobim was released in the U.S. in 1967 during the height of Brasil's bossa nova invasion. Performers such as Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, enjoyed tremendous influence on U.S. pop music and jazz. Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald and others all absorbed or collaborated in the bossa nova boom. This album and the later "Sinatra and Company" mark Sinatra's footprint in the bossa nova genre.
The CD opens with an excellent cover of The Girl from Ipanema with Sinatra taking verses in English and Jobim in Portuguese. As others have noted, Sinatra's voice is quiet to the point of whispering. Those used to swing era Sinatra and his other full throttle vocals may find is quiet, spare renditions different to say the least. It happens to work in the context of this and other tracks such as Dindi, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and Meditation. Sinatra always had a great feel for interpreting a song and I think his approach to Jobim's songs is dead solid perfect. Similarly, the three non-Jobim songs arranged by the very talented Claus Ogerman, "Change Partners", "I Concentrate on You", and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", fit in nicely with Jobim's in terms of the mood and the music.
All in all this is an excellent CD and is one that I often turn to when I want music to whisper to me instead of shout. Highly recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra's greatest album for Reprise - a desert island disc., 19 April 2000
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This album has long been acknowledged by Sinatra afficionados as his greatest release of the 'Reprise' years. The singer brings a soft, smoky, school-of-hard-knocks melancholy to Jobim's beautiful, love-lorn bossa-ballads, the composer a lovely, sea-fresh sensitivity to his accompaniment and arrangement of classics of the American popular songbook, many previously recorded ring-a-ding-ding-style by Sinatra ('Baubles, Bangles And Beads', 'I Concentrate On You'): the net result - a beautiful meeting of minds and spirits - is amongst the finest things in either artist's canon and a rare and enduring treat for lovers of fine music everywhere. Buy it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated music for lovers., 18 Dec 1999
This review is from: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful album to turn the lights low and listen to with your lover. The music is subtle and lyrical, Sinatra's timing magic and Carlos Jobim adds to this with some guitar and vocals. A great album which has been in my collection since the late 60's - time to replace the vinyl!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, how lovely ..., 28 Nov 2000
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For those who, like me, believed that by the mid 1960s Sinatra was capable of producing little more than an ask, brittle and ultimately empty parody of himself, 'Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim' will be an ear-opener. The grating quality which characterises Sinatra's voice even in such nicely considered albums of the first half of the decade as 'Sinatra-Basie', and which was to become ever more painfully pronounced, is entirely absent here. The liner notes to 'FAS & ACJ' refer to Sinatra's quip that he hadn't sung so softly since he had laryngitis; one can only wish that he had been afflicted more often. The delicacy of his performances here matches the best of what he achieved in his Capitol ballad collections, and lacks the self-indulgence that, for me at least, mars such albums as 'No-one Cares'.
If Sinatra once again revealed his masterly subtlety as an interpreter in this record, then it is, of course, in part due to the fact that he was interpreting very subtle material. The Jobim numbers which are punctuated by Latinised standards - including a bewitching rendition of 'Change Partners' - set the hushed tone of wistfulness. Moreover, the composer-performer's shyly understated contributions to the performances, both vocal and instrumental, contribute crucially to the filigree tenderness of the whole album.
For me, 'Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim' represents the dreamily lovely Indian summer to a remarkable singing career. It richly rewards attentive listening (but it should be said that it also makes wonderful table-music!). Nor should the prospective buyer be put off by the brevity of the album: less is in this case most definitely more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bossa classic, 5 Nov 1999
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Sinatra, unlike most American singers, really understood the subtle aesthetic of bossa nova, and this is one of his greatest triumphs. There are sublime moments on this album, on which Sinatra the swinger goes back to the hushed intensity of the great singles of the 1940s. Jobim's main contribution is the songs - he just adds a little discreet vocal support on a few tracks. The best of his songs are here, and the three non-Jobim songs also get the bossa treatment to wonderful effect; Claus Ogerman's gentle touch with the orchestra was never better. Even the sleeve note, with its amusing account of the recording session, is a classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars smooth cool, 20 July 2010
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R. Poole "baby boomer" (london uk) - See all my reviews
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no ring a ding here,no brass to speak of.sinatra plays this laid back and cool.he caress's the words ,as only he could and blends them into jobims mellow form of bossa nova .a perfect match you almost feel your walking on a beach as the sun goes down.a goody
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5.0 out of 5 stars It whispers music to the weary spirit, 27 Mar 2011
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Leonard Fleisig "Len" (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sinatra Jobim (Audio CD)
I purchased this album because the author (and Sinatra aficionado) Pete Hamill claimed in his book "Why Sinatra Matters" that it was one of Sinatra's best. Nevertheless I was skeptical because quite often a record producer or performer will get the idea that creating a `super group' or pairing two very talented musicians will create a record that is even greater than the sum of its parts. That usually doesn't happen. The usual result is one in which each `diva' takes a turn showcasing his or her talents. "Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim" is a rare and very pleasant exception. Although not a 50-50 blend, this album really showcases Sinatra performing the great Jobim's music, the result is virtually flawless.

Sinatra & Jobim was released during the height of Brasil's bossa nova invasion. Performers such as Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, enjoyed tremendous influence on U.S. pop music and jazz. Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald and others all absorbed or collaborated in the bossa nova boom. This album and the later "Sinatra and Company" mark Sinatra's footprint in the bossa nova genre.

The CD opens with an excellent cover of The Girl from Ipanema with Sinatra taking verses in English and Jobim in Portuguese. As others have noted, Sinatra's voice is quiet to the point of whispering. Those used to swing era Sinatra and his other full throttle vocals may find is quiet, spare renditions different to say the least. It happens to work in the context of this and other tracks such as Dindi, Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and Meditation. Sinatra always had a great feel for interpreting a song and I think his approach to Jobim's songs is dead solid perfect. Similarly, the three non-Jobim songs arranged by the very talented Claus Ogerman, "Change Partners", "I Concentrate on You", and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", fit in nicely with Jobim's in terms of the mood and the music.

All in all this is an excellent CD and is one that I often turn to when I want music to whisper to me instead of shout. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime, 30 Aug 2005
This review is from: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Audio CD)
This CD is effortlessly beautiful, with Sinatra's perfect interpretation of Jobim's unique sound capturing one of the last century's greatest recording sessions. A marriage of two outstanding gifts brought together at the optimum time in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wooed my husband to this beautiful album, 7 Feb 2008
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I wooed my husband to this beautiful album, so say no more.

Its so passionate, yet beautifull shy at the same time, its Sinatra possibly at his best. The stunning 'How Insentive' is almost heartbreaking...
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