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Getz / Gilberto [Blu-ray Audio]  

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Producer: Universal Music Group

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Total Music time: 0:33:40.768

Disc Size: 3,928,824,164 bytes

Chapters: 8 (one per song)

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: October 13th, 2013

 

Audio:

LPCM Audio Portuguese/English 4608 kbps 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio
Portuguese/English 3674 kbps 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3674 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio
Portuguese/English 3040 kbps 2.0 / 96 kHz / 3040 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

 

Extras:

12-page liner notes leaflet (Doug Ramsey, and original liner notes by Gene Lees)

The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu

A paper with a code to access the Blu-ray disc digital downloads online

 

Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto Track Listing:
1. The Girl from Ipanema (5:24)
2. Doralice (2:46)
3. P'ra Muchucar Meu Coracao (5:05)
4. Desafinado (4:15)
5. Corcovado (4:16)
6. So Dance Samba (3:45)
7. O Grande Amor (5:27)
8. Vivio Sonhando (3:04)

 

NOTE: The Blu-ray audio does not contain tracks 9-10 (the 45rpm bonus tracks on the CD reissue and SACD) as they were not part of original LP. "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado" (the 45 rpm issues) as the single versions, and do not appear here.

 

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Description: The album Getz/Gilberto, recorded in 1963, with American saxophonist Stan Getz, Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto and his wife, Astrud Gilberto (vocals), performing Antônio "Tom" Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim's songs (Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist) was originally released in March of 1964. The track "The Girl from Ipanema" is one of the most recorded songs of all time (latin, jazz or otherwise) and a defining standard in the Bossa-Nova movement along with Doralice, Desafinado, Corcovado and So Dance Samba - all found on this Blu-ray audio album.

 

 

The Album:

It (Getz/Gilberto) won the 1965 Grammy Awards for Best Album of the Year, Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Individual or Group and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. "The Girl from Ipanema" also won the award for Record of the Year in 1965. This was the first time a jazz album received Album of the Year. It was the last jazz album to win the award until Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters 43 years later, in 2008.

JazzTimes (11/94, pp. 88–89) - "...essential for all serious jazz collections...served as proof that it is possible for music to be both artistically and commercially successful...this relatively sparse setting with the great Getz perfectly fit the music, resulting in a true gem..." Vibe (12/99, p. 158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 447 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 100 best Brazilian albums in history.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

Comments :

Adopters of Blu-ray immediately notice that lossless audio transfer is one of the most valuable benefits of this new format. Not only surround separation but the depth, resonance and overall purity exporting capabilities of the lossless and uncompressed sound formats. DVDBeaver prefers technical comparison as analysis. Unfortunately, I don't know of a way of extracting the tech info from this SACD of Getz/Gilberto (one of four for this title in existence!) to compare its merits to this Blu-ray audio. So my review will rely on my ears! I have a system with a Marantz SA8001 Super Audio CD Player  and can toggle back and forth between my Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray/SACD Player trying to notice/listen to differences. There are, definitely, a few.

 

Audio :

UME are using the original master tapes transferred to uncompressed files, mastered at 24bit/96kHz. This elevates Blu-ray Audio discs to a new, more pure, level - hopefully the most accurate replication of the original studio sound - when recorded. These can be played with, or without, your video system being on (depending on your set-up!).

 

This Blu-ray audio is transferred at 2.0 channel. I was very excited about the options. You can choose from 3 selections: Linear PCM at a whopping 4608 kbps, DTS-HD Master at 3674 kbps or Dolby TrueHD at 3040 kbps. Keen ears will note differences. I'll wager I've played it more than a dozen times and and settled on the Dolby TrueHD for the subtleties I noted in the lengthier Saxophone sections. I found this incredibly impressive, but it's cool to be able to change the option and sample another format (which one can do on-the-fly from either the onscreen display - see image above - or without your video display on - directly from the Blu-ray audio remote button.)

 

Does it sound superior to the SACD? Yes, the more I listen, the more it became noticeable to my ears - in both the small areas (perception of piano/drum brushes fidelity) as well as the larger ones (guitar chord and sax depth). This album's beautiful sound really transfers incredibly well via these uncompressed files. I warn you, this is highly adddictive.

 

NOTE: The file size (under 4 Gig) suggest that this format can offer multiple albums on one Blu-ray disc. Perhaps an entire artist's recorded work... and be able to play it for hours on end! I'd also like to see the price come down. Let's see how this Blu-ray audio format evolves.  

 

My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc (like CDs) playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

The only supplement is a 12-page liner notes leaflet (Doug Ramsey notes and the original liner notes by Gene Lees).

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Tough call - owners of the SACD (same one I have) might not notice the benefit as I did. It is probably more dependant on your system. We also lose the two 45rmp additional tracks not present on this Blu-ray. Then there is the, relative, high price. But to those without SACD capability and a decent home theater audio set-up - this is a huge upgrade from the convenience and portability of puny digital audio files existing today (ex. mp3 - yuuuk!). This absolutely blows away the old CD.

 

We all knew this was eventually coming to the audiophile market. Individuals will want to take advantage of their, often expensive, investment in their Home theatre systems by giving this a whirl. I am thrilled to obtain my favorite music in this new, totally uncompressed, format as it continues to be released. Getz/Gilberto is an essential and was an obvious choice in getting me to sample Blu-ray Audio. Give it a try! - you may be as impressed as I am. Another level of purity for serious music fans...  

Gary Tooze

November 16th, 2013

 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

Gary's Home Theatre:

60-Inch Class (59.58” Diagonal) 1080p Pioneer KURO Plasma Flat Panel HDTV PDP6020-FD

Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray/SACD Player
Momitsu - BDP-899 Region FREE Blu-ray player
Marantz SA8001 Super Audio CD Player
Marantz SR7002 THX Select2 Surround Receiver
Tannoy DC6-T (fronts) + Energy (centre, rear, subwoofer) speakers (5.1)

APC AV 1.5 kVA H Type Power Conditioner 120V

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