Rato Records brings to you a collection of 28 sambas and bossa-novas in the jazzistic voice of Astrud Gilberto, one of the most international stars of the Brazilian music scene, known as "The Girl from Ipanema" and often referred to as The Queen of Bossa-Nova. Her music has become an interesting combination of the sensual rhythms of Brazil and American Pop and Jazz. Born in the Northeast of Brazil, in the state of Bahia, one of three sisters of a German father and a Brazilian mother, Astrud grew up in Rio de Janeiro. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s, where she resides since then. Essentially, these songs are selected from her first Verve’s five albums: “The Astrud Gilberto Album” (Verve V6 8608, recorded January 1965), “The Shadow Of Your Smile” (Verve V6 8629, recorded June 1965), “Look To The Rainbow” (Verve V6 8643, recorded December 1965), “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness” (Verve V6 8673, recorded September 1966) and “Beach Samba” (Verve V6 8708, recorded June 1967). Only two tracks are outsiders: “The Girl From Ipanema”, taken from the album with Stan Getz, (1964) and “Let Go (Canto de Ossanha)”, from 1970.