“Meu Piao”: Disco Nova

In the late 1990s I took a chance on a CD at Marshalls (from the cheap-o bins they use to keep near the register) by Astrud Gilberto – the 60s singer who helped popularize bossa nova.  The title of the disc, Gold, was not only misleading but annoying, since these ten songs had already been sequenced (differently) and released in 1977 as an album entitled, That Girl From Ipanema.

Astrud Gilberto LP

The standout track for me is “Meu Piao” – sounds like a club hit from the original disco era, and yet it appears never to have been released as a single:

I particularly enjoy the elegant disco stylings of the session bass player toward the end of the song.  I find it funny, though slightly maddening, that these extensive musician & production credits for this album list two different session bassists – and yet still fail to name the artist responsible for the nice fretwork on the bass guitar for “Meu Piao.”

Song written by Alfredo Ricardo do Nascimento.