Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa was introduced in early 1960 by Sylvia Telles as B-side to Samba de Uma Nota Só and on the album Amor em Hi-Fi. The only other identifiable single release of the song was by Luely Figueiró on Poema Azul b/w Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa, also in 1960.
Even though this most endearing song was only a minor hit at its time of composition, it became quite a classic due to the versions of Sylvia Telles and João Gilberto which are often used for compilations. However, other versions are just as well enjoyable like for instance Cal Tjader’s rendition with its fine interplay between melody, percussion and woodwinds arranged by Clare Fisher, and Bossa Três’ swinging interpretation with French accordionist Joss Baselli aka Jo Basile.
Among the few recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa, one offers some nice collector’s trivia as it is the opening track on the album O Balanço e a Bossa by Conjunto Masterplay. As quite common then, record labels issued contemporary hits played by session musicians under contract, in that case trombonist and arranger Nelsinho leading an orchestra featuring Ed Maciel and Astor Silva on trombone, Mozart on piston, Juarez Araújo on tenor sax, and Sandoval on piano. Among connaisseurs this album is much better known as É Balanço by Os Infernais da Bossa, a release that has given rise to some speculation due to the lacking information although it’s actually just the renamed reissue on the label Exitos. To add further confusion, Conjunto Masterplay’s album title and front cover art work was reutilized on an album by a certain M. Renato and His Brazilian Orchestra which is actually a compilation of earlier recordings by the all-star ensemble Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros.
Selected recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa:
1. Sylvia Telles from the album Amor em Hi-Fi (1960, Philips P 630.419 L)
2. João Gilberto from the album A Amor, Sorriso e a Flor (1960, Odeon MOFB 3151)
3. Cal Tjader from the album Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brazil (1962, Verve/Copacabana VMLP 14023)
4. Carlos Lyra from the album Depois do Carnaval – O Sambalanço de Carlos Lyra (1962, Philips P 630.492 L)
5. Bossa Três & Jo Basile from the album Os Bossa Três & Jo Basile (1963, Audio Fidelity AFLP 1989)
6. Conjunto Masterplay from the album O Balanço e a Bossa (1962, Masterplay MDL 13021) aka Os Infernais da Bossa from the album É Balanço (c. 1963, Exitos GEE LP.13004)
Selected recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Quincy Jones from the album Big Band Bossa Nova (1962, Mercury [USA] SR 60751)
2. Vince Guaraldi from the album In Person (1963, Fantasy [USA] 3352)
3. Paul Winter & Carlos Lyra from the album The Sound of Ipanema (1964, Columbia [USA] CL 2272)
Se é Tarde Me Perdôa performed by Sylvia Telles in the closing credits of Marido de Mulher Boa (1960)
SE É TARDE, ME PERDOA
Se é tarde, me perdoa • Mas eu não sabia que você sabia • Que a vida é tão boa
Se é tarde, me perdoa • Eu cheguei mentindo • Eu cheguei partindo • Eu cheguei à-toa
Se é tarde, me perdoa • Trago desencantos • De amores tantos pela madrugada
Se é tarde, me perdoa • Vinha só cansado