A classic recording showcases the range, intensity and buoyancy of Portugal's finest fado singer, writes Robin Denselow.l Amália Rodrigues, who died in 1999, was Portugal's finest and most-loved fado singer, and a massive inspiration to the current generation of fado stars, including Mariza and Ana Moura, who have both been involved in tribute projects to the lady who first took the "Portuguese blues" from the small fado houses of Lisbon to the concert halls of the world. This digitally remastered double album explains why she was so important. Recorded in Paris in 1957 and 1960, it shows off her range and intensity, as well as her jaunty good humour, at performances that are understandably described on the sleeve as "les concerts mythiques". She was accompanied by just two musicians, playing Portuguese and acoustic guitars in the classic fado tradition, on songs that include the sturdy Barco Negro, now a Mariza favourite, and an exquisite, pained French-language fado, Aie, Mourir Pour Toi. A powerful, classic recording.