Album no. 92/1001
Frankie! It’s been a few years, but he’s back – and has happily thrown off his swing-band hat, donned some maracas and jumped on the bossa nova bandwagon.
As if we haven’t heard enough samba, bossa nova and various other musical incarnations of South American music, we’re now going to be treated to some modern classics with a ‘twist’.
Interestingly, this album was nominated for a Grammy in the same year as Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. You can probably guess which album won.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No. I didn’t realise old mate would’ve still be making music in the 60s. Is that incredibly short-sighted of me? I don’t care.
NK: I’ve heard ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ and that’s it. I’m excited to see he’s jumped on the samba bandwagon.
CL: Is this a joke? To go from the fucking Velvet Underground – the experimental, influential Velvet Underground – to this?! COME ON.
NK: There’s still a verse on ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ in Spanish or Portuguese (I can’t tell sorry). I assume that’s our boy Antonio Carlos Jobim. But as far as I can tell, he doesn’t sing on this again. Weird. That’s something I noticed.
CL: Jesus. I can’t pick one. I don’t have anything against Frank Sinatra, but I really wish he hadn’t done this.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: I’m imagining so many middle aged people back in 1967 would’ve used this as their ‘gettin’ jiggy’ music. This isn’t a good image for me. I haven’t had a good time listening to this. Someone help me.
NK: Thanks for that, exactly what I didn’t need. Cheers mate. Also, I hear this gets a lot of play in elevators.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I don’t know! It seems like such a blatant money-grab. Bossa nova and Samba were the hot tunes of the time (who knows how this happened, but alas), so old mate decides to get in on the action. I don’t like this at all. At least the musicians on the other similar albums we’ve heard have been from South America. It just seems so disingenuous. Like, if the whitebread American people hadn’t heard bossa nova because it was a little too spicy, let’s water it down with some classic Ol’ Blue Eyes.
NK: Yeah, I didn’t go for this either. I feel bad for not liking any of the South American music so far. I promise I’m trying.
Will you be listening again?
CL: No. It’s not a good combination. Frank should have stayed doing what he knew how to do best.
Listen to Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.