Seu Encanto was introduced 1965 by Marcos Valle on his second album O Compositor e O Cantor, the album that also included Samba de Verão aka Summer Samba which became Valle’s biggest hit when recorded by organist Walter Wanderley.
The original version of Seu Encanto with its spring-like atmosphere, orchestrated by Eumir Deodato and directed by Lyrio de Panicali, was re-recorded twice by Valle. First in 1967 as an instrumental on Braziliance!, the album that marked Valle’s debut in the US although it was recorded in Brazil with an all-brazilian cast including Wilson Das Neves, Ed Maciel, Raul de Souza, Zé Bodega and Paulo Moura produced by Aloysio de Oliveira and Ray Gilbert who also provided the English lyrics. Secondly, in 1968 as a duet with his wife at the time, Anamaria Valle, on the US release Samba ’68, again arranged by Eumir Deodato and co-produced by Ray Gilbert.
Although not one of Valle’s biggest hits, Seu Encanto became quite popular in its Englisch version on records produced for the US market as did several other of his compositions. In contrast to acts like Astrud Gilberto and Lindolpho Gaya who recorded their versions to the US Market, Los Angeles born pop singer Jack Jones changed the track list on the Brazilian issue of his 1967 US album Lady to include his recording of The Face I Love that was originally released the previous year on Jack Jones Sings.
Selected recordings of Seu Encanto:
1. Marcos Valle from the album O Compositor e O Cantor (1965, Odeon MOFB 3413)
2. Rio 65 Trio from the album A Hora e a Vez da M.P.M. (1966, Philips P 632.907 L)
3. Sylvia Telles from the album The Face I Love (1966, Kapp Records [USA] KS-3503) aka It Might As Well Be Spring (1967, Elenco MEV-11)
4. Agostinho dos Santos from the album Agostinho dos Santos (1966, Elenco ME-26)
Artwork for Agostinho dos Santos by Eddie Moyna
5. Lindolpho Gaya & Eumir Deodato from the album Love, Strings and Jobim – The Eloquence of Antonio Carlos Jobim (1966, Warner Music WS 1636) aka Tom Jobim Apresenta (1966, Elenco MEV-10)
6. Quarteto em Cy from the album Pardon My English – The Girls from Bahia (1967, Warner Music [USA] WS 1658) aka The Girls from Bahia (1967, Warner/Philips [BRA] WLP 75.002)
7. Marcos Valle from the album Braziliance! Marcos Valle and His Music (1967, Warner Music [USA] WS 1654) aka Braziliance! A Música de Marcos Valle (1967, Odeon MOFB 379)
8. Jack Jones from the album Lady (1967, Kapp/Rozenblit LP 40362), originally from Jack Jones Sings (1966, Kapp Records [USA] KS 3500)
9. Astrud Gilberto from the album Beach Samba (1967, Verve Records [USA] V6-8708 and Verve/Copacabana VMLP 14100)
Selected recordings of Seu Encanto originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Ken & Beverly from the album Watch What Happens (1966, World Pacific [USA] WPS-21862)
2. Marcos Valle featuring Anamarie Valle from the album Samba ‘68 (1968, Verve Records [USA] V6-5053)
3. Chris Montez from the album Watch What Happens (1968, A&M Records [USA] SP-4157)
Você é tanto que na vida nada tem o seu encanto • E nem, mesmo a luz do dia tem toda a sua alegria • Nem a primavera tem tanta espera • Como se espera você vir chegando
E por isso vamos a cantar e ver que o povo também canta • Que já chega de ser triste é porque o amor existe • É só se entregar, se deixar amar • Depois tudo vem
THE FACE I LOVE
Just think of things like daffodils and peaceful sheep on clovered hills • The morning song of whippoorwills • And you’ll see the face that I love • Think of any old sky getting ready to cry • Down comes the rain but It’s raining confetti
Then think of things like far off isles • To blue green eyes and sunlit smiles and in your hand a wishing star • The one you got is too far above • Every lovely view introduces you to the face I love
[English lyrics by Ray Gilbert]