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3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for musical quality but only 3 for value, 5 Oct 2013
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Mr. K. J. Morris (West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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When I bought this album for around 3 some time ago, I knew that I had much of the material already but thought it would be nice to have all of these outstanding tracks together. It would appear that the Leopard Lounge series of recordings does have some kudos with collectors which probably explains a price inflation of almost five hundred percent over the price I paid less than three years ago.

The important thing to bear in mind is that this is a compilation of selections from five albums of Jobim, A Certain Mr Jobim, Terra Brasilis, Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Urubu and Love strings with Jobim. Exquisite as most of the music is, if you are considering buying this, you can get all five albums in the Original Albums Series for much less than the current price of this. If you were to decide to buy single albums one at a time, you could still buy all five for little more than the cost of this which is, after all, a sampler.In so doing you would have many more songs by the composer described as 'The Brazilian Gershwin' and several of his orchestral works, many of which are as beautiful as his songs, although less widely known.

The review of that Original Albums Tom Jobim collection is only three star and as I recall, the reviewer criticised Tom's singing, particularly on the album Terra Brasilis. I agree that Tom's voice is not his strongest point, particularly by this point in his career, but I find his vocal delivery to be charming and the album a major eye opener. Urubu is regarded by many as Jobim's finest album, breathtaking in its vision, and although the tracks from that album here are exquisite, why not have the complete album and the other four?

In short whilst there is nothing wrong with the music here, given that all five albums can be bought for less than the price of this sampler, the choice for most should be a no brainer.
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