A Certain Smile, a Certain Sadness

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A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
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Studio album by Astrud Gilberto
Released 1967
Recorded 20–23 September 1966, New York
Genre Bossa nova
Length 29:47
Label Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
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Walter Wanderley chronology
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Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness is an album by Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley, recorded in September 1966.[2][3]

It was released by Verve Records at the height of the Bossa Nova craze in the United States, and featured the two most popular Bossa Nova musicians at the time: vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley. A 1998 CD reissue added two songs recorded during the same sessions that yielded the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Certain Smile" Sammy Fain, Paul Webster 1:27
2. "A Certain Sadness" Carlos Eduardo Lyra, John Court 3:08
3. "Nega do Cabelo Duro" Reubens Soares, David Nasser 2:18
4. "So Nice (Summer Samba)" Marcos Valle, Paulo Valle, Norman Gimbel 2:41
5. "Você Já Foi à Bahia" Dorival Caymmi 2:15
6. "Portuguese Washerwoman" André Popp, Roger Antoine Lucchesi 1:30
7. "Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)" Haroldo Lobo, Niltinho, Norman Gimbel 3:33
8. "Call Me" Tony Hatch 3:20
9. "Here's That Rainy Day" Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke 2:43
10. "Tu Mi Delirio" César Portillo de la Luz 3:38
11. "It's a Lovely Day Today" Irving Berlin 2:39
12. "The Sadness of After [CD bonus track]" Edu Lobo, Norman Gimbel 2:27
13. "Who Needs Forever? [CD bonus track]" Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., Howard Greenfield 2:48


Also, João Gilberto may have played guitar on tracks 2, 7, and 13.[3]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Astrud Gilberto Discography". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b 1998 CD liner notes