Astrud Gilberto – The Shadow of Your Smile original Japan promo LP


An original Japanese promotional pressing of the 1965 LP The Shadow of Your Smile by Astrud Gilberto.

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Offered for sale is an original 1965 Japanese white label promotional pressing of the pop/bossa nova LP The Shadow of Your Smile by Astrud Gilberto, complete with the rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of The Shadow of Your Smile is an original 1965 Japanese white label promotional pressing on the Verve label.  It’s a first issue, as the cover indicates a ¥1750 price.

The cover is M-.  The original lyric insert is included.

The nearly-always-missing obi is VG, with a few wrinkles and a small tear at the bottom edge.

The disc is VG++, and very close to M-, with just a couple of faint scuffs.   It’s a very clean LP that will play well.

A beautiful copy of a terrific bossa nova LP and a very difficult album to find as a promotional copy.

Background: Released in 1965, The Shadow of Your Smile was the second LP by Brazil’s Astrud Gilberto.   The album peaked at #66 on the U.S. album charts. gave The Shadow of Your Smile this review:

For her second Verve LP, Astrud Gilberto expanded her range from a raft of Gilberto/Jobim standards to embrace the large and obviously daunting catalogue of classic American pop…. Certainly, no American vocalist could hope to equal the tortured syntax and somehow endearing performances on these songs; still, Verve did much better by Gilberto later on when they gave her good-time Brazilian songs to sing and didn’t attempt to force comparison with standard jazz/pop vocalists.


Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
SMV 1046
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in
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