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The Girl from Ipanema from the CD from Goodwill

The 1996 CD Nova Bossa: Red Hot On Verve originally came out as a companion piece to the “current artists covering Brazilian music” benefit project Red Hot + Rio. Although I bought the latter (which is okay, if lacking in truly memorable covers) when it first came out, Nova Bossa never entered my mind until I spied it in the stacks at the local Goodwill. It’s actually a cool little compilation. Even though it contains frequently anthologized stuff like “The Girl from Ipanema,” the tracks are nicely sequenced with atmospheric interludes suggesting a walk through the streets of Rio de Janero with random songs piping out of apartments and shops. There are even a few tracks that take a delightful turn away from the usual Bossa Nova sound, such as the kitschy “Bicho Do Mato” by organist Walter Wanderley, or Caetano Veloso’s garage rock/bubblegum freakout “Superbacana.” In the great scheme of ’60s-’70s Brazilian music it merely scratches the surface — but one can never have too many comps of this type, eh?

Speaking of “Girl from Ipanema,” how about a clip of Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz performing their hit in a wintry lodge (?) in the teen flick Get Yourself A College Girl? That Astrud really knows how to stay perfectly still.

And here is Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim doing their ’74 classic “Aguas De Marco” on some unknown variety show. It seems like every song I’ve heard with Ms. Regina finds her laughing and having a good time, and this is no exception:

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