The music of the late Antonio Carlos Jobim occupies a similar place, in a way, to that of Burt Bacharach; Jobim usually wrote seemingly light, "MOR" material with rich and unusual chord changes that attracted jazz musicians, and often depended on others to come up with lyrics to his sometimes deceptively complex tunes. He also made a fortune quite early on when his best-known tune became a world-wide hit.
This bargain package contains 5 Jobim LPs in facsimile mini-sleeves complete with original, impossible-to-read-small-print sleeve notes. The 1st 3 CDs are from the '60s, the 2nd one being a genuine and engaging all-Brasilian orchestra/big band, and feature many of Jobim's first major-label recordings of tunes which later became famous. The final 2 CDs date from the late 70s and early 80s, and for me this is where the problems lie.
To be frank, Jobim at best was an untrained singer, and while this is acceptable - just - and almost attractive in a naive sort of way on the 1st 3 recordings, by the late 1970s and 80s it was not, and he sounds like a very bad, out-of-tune pub Sinatra doing karaoke; so bad that you'd want to throw things and boo him off. The vocals on these re-recordings of earlier songs are well, excruciating!
But apart from that, there is plenty of good MUSIC here; however if you are expecting sun, sand, acoustic guitars and a breathy tenor sax, forget it as the majority of this (4 out of 5 CDs worth) is orchestral/big band stuff. The music is immortal and unarguable...but the singing is very much an acquired taste; and note the tongue-in-cheek lyrics to 'Desafinado' (by Gene Lees) which there are 2 versions of here..."I took your picture with my trusty Rolleiflex/ but all I developed was a complex"...! Ouch - ok it's probably the only song in the world ever that mentions those wonderful cameras by name! For an alternative opinion, please read the comments below this review.
I have to say I bought this one in an excess of enthusiasm and got rid of it equally quickly. Bargain price though.
Some rare Jobim tracks and unusual renderings of some more popular ones. Tremendous value. Terrific stuff from the last great popular Jazz composer. However if you only want regular well listened to items try elsewhere