Beach Samba – Astrud Gilberto (1967)

Album no. 76/1001

Our first introduction to Ms Gilberto was back in 1963, when she sang on ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ on the album Getz/Gilberto.

As well as singing in English, she began performing songs in French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Spanish – which is certainly impressive.

Interestingly, she was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2002, and one of her songs, ‘Who Can I Turn T0’ was sampled by The Black Eyed Peas. That’s when you know you’ve made it.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No. Of course I haven’t.

NK: Never, but the words ‘Samba’ and ‘Gilberto’ haven’t been a great combination for me thus far.

Standout track

CL: Bleugh. This is, ONCE AGAIN, the same old rubbish we heard back in 1962 with Jazz Samba, just with more of Astrud’s breathy voice over the top.

NK: This album is kind of weird. ‘A Banda (Parade)’ has marching band music, and then Astrud starts naming different types of parades there are and talking about balloons. That’s the whole song. I quite like her vocals in this, even if the lyrics are nonsensical. I think I liked that song? ‘You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice’ is a sort of duet between Astrud and her son Marcello. I prefer those two because they don’t have the same elevator music samba rhythm which every other track on the album has.

CL: There’s a definite elevator music vibe here.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: Look. Unless you really have a passion for samba or bossa nova music, you won’t enjoy this. So don’t waste your precious listening hours.

NK: When you’re stuck in the elevator of your beachside hotel.

Why has this album been included on the list?


NK: I have no idea. I don’t mind the way she sings, but the music is emphatically not for me. The whole samba experience just gets on my nerves. Sorry to all the samba fans out there.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: No. Of course not.

NK: Nope.


CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Beach Samba on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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