Chega De Saudade

João Gilberto - Chega De Saudade
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Based on 129 ratings
1959 Ratings: #6
Liked by 18 people
April 1, 1959 / Release Date
LP / Format
Odeon / Label
Bossa Nova / Genres
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The History of the Albums - n° 106

Today we are going to talk about the Bossa Nova style and the artist who most represents it. Originating in Brazil, this movement that fuses Jazz with Samba-Canção appeared in the second half of the 50's and exploded commercially in the 60's. Often associated with the birth of Bossa Nova, Joao Gilberto is not the only one, but he is actually the most important pioneer and the one who made Bossa Nova world famous, in addition to being one of ... read more


His Tender And Beautiful Voice Speaks For Itself


This was such a short album that it's hard to really form an opinion about it. I mean, it wasn't bad at all, even though I couldn't understand it. It was very lighthearted, and I would say a fun album. I wish some of the tracks were longer, or at least, that the album was more condensed. Very nice melodies, and on the occasional track, it reeled me in. Unfortunately, it also ended up sounding like elevator music in some parts. I guess that's not a bad thing though, because elevator music is ... read more


[REVIEWING THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF EACH DECADE BY USER SCORE (more info in comments)] 50's: #8

This is an album that I have a harder time reviewing because I don't fully understand bossa nova, but it still was good. There aren't any songs on here that I don't like but there are a lot that just don't stick out. Despite losing context to a lot of songs because I don't know Portuguese I liked the lyrics on this album. I liked the interesting they were and the song ideas on here were also pretty ... read more


Fav: [Brigas Nunca Mais / Lobo Bobo / É Luxo Só]

Least Fav: [non]


I definitely prefer Getz / Gilberto to this (piping hot take I know), but this still maintains that timelessly beautiful sound that I love so much about João Gilberto's music. He has what I could only describe as a perfect singing voice, the instrumentals walk the line between orchestral and minimalistic, and the whole album does a consistently fantastic job at conveying pure joy.

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Track List

  1. Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)
  2. Lobo Bobo (Foolish Wolf)
  3. Brigas Nunca Mais (Fights, Never More)
  4. Hó-Bá-Lá-Lá
  5. Saudade Fêz Um Samba (Saudade Made a Samba)
  6. Maria Ninguém (Maria Nobody)
  7. Desafinado (Off-Key)
  8. Rosa Morena (Brunette Rose)
  9. Morena Boca de Ouro (Brunette with a Mouth of Gold)
  10. Bim Bom
  11. Aos Pés Da Cruz (At the Foot of the Cross)
  12. É Luxo Só (It's Just a Luxury)
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Added on: December 18, 2016