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Elis & Tom
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on 22 December 2000
Tom Jobim provides the delicate arrangements for a collection of songs for Elis Regina to sing. They recorded this album on Feb. 22 and Mar. 9, 1974. They were already internationally respected musicians. The record compiles Jobim's compositions from different phases and is a pleasure from beginning to end. There is a memorable rendition of "Aguas de Março", where Tom makes Elis laugh. Gone are the elaborate jazzy arrangemets of mid sixties works, Jobim chooses here delicious minimalist arrangements and emotionally charged athmospheres of dramatic intensity. It's a must if you like Brazilian songwriters such as Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil... If you liked this record, you must also get Edu + Tom, a similar studio reunion by Tom Jobim and Edu Lobo.
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on 21 December 2002
This gem from 1974 pairs one of Brazil's most astounding vocalists ever, Elis Regina, with one of the most talented composers of the 20th century, Antonio Carlos Jobim, singing together some of Jobim's best-known songs. The album combines Elis's silky-smooth and emotional delivery with some of the best arrangements and technically superior recordings of her entire career, as the album was recorded in Los Angeles instead of Regina and Jobim's native Brazil. The album includes a full text and the lyrics in Portuguese and English translations. It's a terrific first purchase for anyone wanting to explore popular Brazilian music and is widely considered to be one of the best recordings of Brazilian music ever produced. It's truly a masterpiece and is rarely far from my CD player.
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on 17 August 2012
It is rare to find a recording that merits the term 'perfection', but this album amply deserves that epithet.

It is said that Elis, already a celebrated singer of 29, had long wanted to record an album of songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim- the Tom of the album title- and that as a celebration of her ten years with Phillips, they set up this recording session with Tom Jobim over 16 days at MGM Studios in Los Angeles as a gift for her.

The songs are all Tom Jobim's and include many not as widely known over here as the more common tunes of his, although favourites such as Triste and Corcovado are here. There is a feeling amongst many who do not know Jobim or bossa very well that his songs are all rather whimsical in the style perhaps of many of Joao Gilberto's recordings, and whilst there are songs here that celebrate light-heartedness and the beauty of the world, Jobim's world view is often one of tragedy, of longing and and of loss. Elis' interpretation of songs such as Pois e, Modhina, O que tinha de ser, Brigas nunca mais and Por toda a minha vida amply demonstrate her ability to interpret the tragic side of Jobim's vision in a way that was to see her travel much further artistically than as a mere interpreter of bossas.

If the album was only a vehicle for the tragic side of Elis' interpretation of Jobim's vision, it would prove one sided, but such songs are well balanced with other beautiful moods, some of them duets with Tom, which demonstrate Elis' great versatility and even her exuberance as a singer. Aguas de Marco, the opener is utterly charming and shows how she, although not the original singer of this song, made it her own. The final songs on this album, the beautiful Fotografia, the otherworldly Chovendo na Roseira and the final track, Inutil paisagem, the tenderest and most heart rendingly beautiful of duets between them amply demonstrate both the fine compositions of Jobim and the stunning emotional range of this remarkable singer. This really is a recording of very special chemistry between the finest Brazilian singer and Brazil's poet laureate.

The arrangements are spare and leave much room for Elis to express her inimitable magic. Special mention should perhaps be made of the contribution of Cesar Mariano, the man who was to prove a very important asset in so many ways to her. An understated player of great skill and good taste, there is a feeling that perhaps this album could really even be called 'Elis, Tom and Cesar', but as ever he appears content to take a background role.

This album marks a high point in the career of Elis Regina. There had already been several and many were still to come, but to any fan of Brazilian popular music, or those merely wishing to learn more about the contributions of this most musical of nations, this is a stand out and highly recommended album.

It represents a most satisfying emotional experience and is the closest to perfection of any recording in my possession.
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on 17 June 2008
The easy-to-love, soft and swinging sound of bossa nova swept the world in the 1960s, and much of its fame rested with the supremely talented composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Mr Jobim recorded generously throughout his career, but this 70s collection with marvellous singer Elis Regina is something rather special. Elis and Tom create a darker, more fatalistic bossa record than we are used to, with strong, deep-blue emotions expressed via Elis' searing voice and some wonderfully varied instrumentation, including a dramatic string section that sounds positively mournful when paired with Ms Regina's limpid vocals.

The songs themselves are some of Jobim's most wonderful. The classic "Inutil Paisagem" benefits from hauting solo piano accompaniment; "Triste" is the definitive recording of this truly beguiling melody; and, my personal desert island track, "Retrato em Preto e Branco", which is the very definition of melancholy and unbelievably beautiful.

So, if you want to sample another face of bossa nova, something away from the beach-party of Ipanema, I wholeheartedly reccommend this sad, soulful hour with Elis and Tom.
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on 17 October 2013
If you like Brazilian music, you will love this one! I have lived in Brazil for many years. This captures the best of Brazilian music, But then wiith Tom Jobim and Elis Regina you cant' go wrong. Probably the best CD I have bought for years. Highly recommendable.
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on 18 December 2014
Has my favourite song of all time on it. Bosa Novas fans see Tony and Elis sing this song on You Tube.
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on 10 November 2016
Brilliant songs from two great artists. Well worth the money xx
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on 16 June 2015
Amazing song, fantastic voice. I love thid cd.
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on 4 August 2014
It's rather a tired edition of this album on cd - the notes say 1989. But well worth a listen. Have cherry picked a few of the more familiar and upbeat numbers for my computer.
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on 14 September 2013
Original edition from the 70s, a must for bossa nova lovers! Very hard to get in South America, thanks to the retailer for making it available in Europe.
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