Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Tide (1970)

Note: the CD I listened to was the 2000 reissue with 4 bonus tracks.

If Wave is one of my favorites, then I should probably check out the follow-up.  How many times have I been burned using that logic?  To be fair, this isn't a bad album at all, it's just nowhere near the quality of Wave.  Not even in the same zip code.  Jobim's compositions aren't quite up to par, but that's understandable and even forgivable.  Production by Creed Taylor is perfect.  The big differences here are the so-so arrangements by Eumir Deodato (the same person that would later deliver this sweet hit).  Deodato takes the guitar and bossa beat away from Jobim's palette for the most part.    And it's all kind of lazily thrown together: the first track is a lackluster remake of The Girl From Ipanema while the title track of this album is just a reworking of the title track from Wave. What we're left with isn't great, but good enough to hear on the occasional shuffle.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  My favorite track is Tema Jazz, mainly because of the multiphonic flute solo by Hermeto Pascoal.  Other top picks are Remember, Caribe, and Rockanalia.

The bonus tracks are alternate takes of Tide and Tema Jazz, nothing special.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Wave (1967)
Getz/Gilberto (1964)

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