℗ 2014 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
© 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark, four-time Grammy Award winning jazz album GETZ/GILBERTO which single-handedly ignited the international bossa nova craze with such hits as “The Girl From Ipanema” and “Corcovado.” On May 27th, Verve/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will celebrate with the release of GETZ/GILBERTO: Expanded Edition. It includes U.S. single versions of the widely popular hits as well as a newly remastered version of the jazz/bossa nova classic album in both mono and stereo, with the mono version making its CD debut and the stereo album in its original left-right configuration for the first time since its vinyl release.
GETZ/GILBERTO, released in 1964 and produced by label head Creed Taylor, was an international sensation altering the direction of jazz, pop and the samba itself. It brought together Stan Getz (tenor saxophone) with Brazilian stars Joao Gilberto (guitar & vocals) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (composer & pianist), who wrote and co-wrote six of the original eight tracks on the album, as well as Joao’s young wife Astrud Gilberto, who was not scheduled to contribute to the album. When Astrud was spontaneously asked to sing new English lyrics to “The Girl From Ipanema,” her charming, sultry vocals made all the difference. “The Girl From Ipanema” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and went to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Astrud is also featured on “Corcovado.”) Other bossa nova classics on the album include “Só Danço Samba,” “Vivo Sonhando,” “O Grande Amor” and “Desafinado.” Backing the main artists is the Brazilian rhythm section of Sebastiao Neto (bass) and Milton Banana (drums).
In 1965 at the seventh annual Grammy Awards, GETZ/GILBERTO was the first jazz album to win a Grammy for Album Of The Year, while “The Girl From Ipanema” won Record of the Year. GETZ/GILBERTO also won Best Jazz Instrumental Album andBest Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The album’s engineering award was the first Grammy for the late, legendary Phil Ramone, who recorded the album at his renowned A&R Recording studio.
Verve/UMe’s GETZ/GILBERTO: Expanded Edition has been remastered from the original first-generation master tapes for the first time, restoring the stereo album to its original left-right stereo configuration with fidelity unheard in generations, while the original mono album has been remastered for digital release for the first time ever. Previous Verve reissues used second-generation tape copies that flipped the left-right channels. The new release also includes a detailed track annotation, rare photos from the album session, and a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay by Marc Myers, who contributes a regular music column to the Wall Street Journal.
Ranked one of Rolling Stone’s 500 ”Greatest Albums Of All Time” and Vibe Magazine’s “100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century,” GETZ/GILBERTO’s wildly addictive charm proved that the bossa nova had legs—that the infectious syncopated rhythm could be leveraged as easily as the blues to captivate listeners, and forever making an everlasting impact on the world of jazz.
Tracks 1-8: STEREO VERSION
Tracks 9-16: MONO VERSION
Tracks 17-18: Mono Singles (bonus tracks)
Stan Getz - tenor saxophone
João Gilberto - guitar, vocals
Antonio Carlos Jobim - piano
Sebastião Neto - bass
Milton Banana - drums
Astrud Gilberto - vocals (in "The Girl from Ipanema", "Corcovado", "The Girl from Ipanema (45 rpm issue)" and "Corcovado (45 rpm issue)")
Creed Taylor - producer