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The Girl from Ipanema - Various Artists

Legbamel Not-Pop

It's time for the ultimate elevator music, the all-pervasive Bossa Nova standard, The Girl from Ipanema. I've been holding it back, trying to resist forcing you to listen to sixteen versions of the song, but the dam had to break sometime. It just did.

And so I present to you everything from a very lobotomized Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass version to Fatboy Slim's remix of The Girl from Ipanema. (Note: I believe this last to be the future of elevator music. All sci-fi filmmakers take note!) I've got not one but two different Gilbertos, naturally with the original Portuguese lyrics as well as the English. And then there's the Antonio Carlos Jobim version with just the music he wrote and no lyrics at all.

You'll also find Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. You'd expect each of those, so I tossed in The Peeping Toms (unexpectedly mellow), Sammy Davis Jr., and something called The Liberation Jumpsuit. Don't miss Lou Rawls while you're at it, and Amy Winehouse, as well. Stick that in your elevator and listen to it!

Sixteen Girls from Ipanema by legbamel on Grooveshark

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