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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - !!Going Places!! [A&M SP-4112] (10-1965)

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Title:

!!Going Places!!

Released: 10-1965
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4112
Genre: Jazz, Pop


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Tijuana Taxi
02 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
03 More And More Amor
04 Spanish Flea
05 Mae
06 3rd Man Theme
07 Walk, Don't Run
08 Felicia
09 And The Angels Sing
10 Cinco De Mayo
11 A Walk In The Black Forest
12 Zorba The Greek
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!!Going Places!! is the fifth album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and, along with their prior album, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, is one of their most popular releases. It was released by A&M Records on all formats: LP, 8-track, cassette, open reel and eventually CD, and was reissued in 2005 by the Shout!Factory label as part of the Herb Alpert Signature Series. The song ''Spanish Flea'', composed by Alpert's friend and fellow mariachi band leader Julius Wechter, was one of several Brass tunes that saw regular use on ''The Dating Game''.

The single version of ''Tijuana Taxi'' had more of the bicycle-horn sound effects than the album version did. ''Tijuana Taxi'' and ''Spanish Flea'' would both be reprised as part of the ''Carmen'' medley in Herb Alpert's Ninth. The B-side of the ''Taxi'' single, ''Zorba the Greek'', was edited for length and had live-concert sound effects added.

''A Walk in the Black Forest'' was a cover of a better-known version of the song that same year, by Horst Jankowski. That same track would briefly serve two years later as the theme of a short-lived game show, Reach for the Stars. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain also used it as a theme for its TV commercials. The group's title reverted to its original name for this album, after its second, third and fourth albums had been listed as ''Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass''. While the first four Tijuana Brass albums had been done by Alpert backed by studio musicians, demands for live appearances had dictated that Alpert put together an actual touring band. The songs on this album are a mixture of sessions featuring Alpert's touring band and other session musicians, according to the liner notes in the Shout!Factory CD release. [wikipedia.org]


Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Herb Alpert's Ninth [A&M SP-4134] (12-08-1967)

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Herb Alpert's Ninth

Released: 12-08-1967
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4134
Genre: Jazz


T R A C K L I S T:
01 A Banda
02 My Heart Belongs To Daddy
03 The Trolley Song
04 The Happening
05 Bud
06 Love So Fine
07 The Love Nest
08 With A Little Help From My Friends
09 Flea Bag
10 Cowboys And Indians
11 Carmen
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Herb Alpert's Ninth is a 1967 album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. It reached number 4 on the Billboard charts and spent 18 weeks on the Top 40.

It was, as its title indicated, the ninth album released by the Brass. Its cover, in addition to a number of still photos from Brass concerts, included a pop-culture joke. Ludwig van Beethoven had been a popular topic on T-shirts in the late 1960s. In this case, an illustration of Beethoven was shown apparently wearing a T-shirt with Alpert's face on it. The title was also a play on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. None of Beethoven's Ninth actually appeared in the album tracks, but another classical work did - a medley of the tunes from the opera Carmen, centering on ''Habanera'', and also including ''cameos'' from some of the group's earlier hits - ''Spanish Flea'', ''A Taste of Honey'', ''Whipped Cream'', ''What Now My Love'', ''Zorba The Greek'' and ''Tijuana Taxi'' - worked into the track.

The album otherwise featured the usual collection of lively pop hit covers, along with a song called ''A Banda'' that was in the style of some of their earlier hits. The Brass' leisurely rendition of ''The Trolley Song'' was in deliberate contrast to the well-known energetic version originally sung by Judy Garland in the film Meet Me in St. Louis. Other old songs include the Cole Porter standard ''My Heart Belongs to Daddy'' made famous by Mary Martin; and ''The Love Nest'', best known as the radio and TV theme of the George Burns and Gracie Allen programs. Juxtaposed with those oldies was a rendition of the Beatles' ''With a Little Help From My Friends'', its instrumentation emphasizing the monotonal aspects of Ringo Starr's song hit.

The album also featured an unusual original entry, a mournful, minor-key melody called ''Bud'', which was written ''In memory of our dear friend Ervan (Bud) Coleman'' (who had died from surgery complications on May 26, 1967 (age 45), before the album was completed) and was also credited as being authored by Coleman and his wife Eleanor. Coleman was the composer of several Brass tunes (notably ''Tijuana Taxi'') and also played guitar, mandolin and banjo on several TJB tracks. He was also a key member of Julius Wechter's Baja Marimba Band (their tribute to him, ''For Bud'', was featured on their 1968 album, Do You Know the Way To San Jose). In addition to the usual brass, the tune featured Spanish guitar.

Collaborating with Alpert in the production was his usual cadre of musicians, the Tijuana Brass, who are also featured on the album cover: Nick Ceroli (drums), Bob Edmondson (trombone), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano), John Pisano (guitar) and Pat Senatore (bass). [wikipedia.org]


Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Christmas Album (1968)

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Christmas Album

Released: 1968
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-3113
Genre: Holiday / Jazz
NOTE: 1981 Reissue OF SP 4166
NOTE: Date Stamp on Label: 1984
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Winter Wonderland
02 Jingle Bells
03 My Favorite Things
04 The Christmas Song
05 Las Mananitas
06 Sleigh Ride
07 The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
08 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
09 Jingle Bell Rock
10 Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
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Album Reveiw

by Richard S. Ginell [allmusic.com]

Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las Mananitas" seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme -- first with "Jingle Bells," then the cloying "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and ultimately "Jingle Bell Rock." For the first time in a long time, Alpert's sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; "My Favorite Things" nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and "Sleigh Ride" screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record's homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside.


Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - The Brass Are Comin' [A&M Records SP 4228] (1969)

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Title:

The Brass Are Comin'

Released: 1969
Label: A&M Records
Catalog: SP 4228
Genre: Latin Jazz
NOTE: Original Gatefold Release
T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Brass Are Comin'
02 Good Morning, Mr. Sunshine
03 Country Lake
04 I'll Be Back
05 Moon River
06 The Maltese Melody
07 Sunny
08 I'm An Old Cowhand
09 Anna
10 Robbers And Cops
11 Moments
12 You Are My Life
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Album Review

Richard S. Ginell [allmusic.com]

The Western motif on the double-fold album jacket -- with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in costume -- signals this as another companion album to a TV special. But there is a deeper significance to this LP, for shortly after its release, a burned-out, personally troubled Alpert disbanded the Brass and retired from music for awhile. Indeed, stretches of this record reveal a tired group and a leader whose trumpet has lost much of its old zip. Even so, as on all TJB albums, there are several gems -- the stunning shifts in texture and tempo that enliven the worn-out "Moon River," the chugging bluegrass-tinged arrangement of Villa-Lobos' "The Little Train of the Caipira" that masquerades under the name of the title track, a haunting rendition of the Beatles' "I'll Be Back," the fast samba treatment of "Anna." Dave Grusin and Shorty Rogers contribute an occasional orchestration, and Alpert does a modest vocal turn on the lush "You Are My Life." But this time, the old sales magic was gone; the Tijuana Brass had suddenly become unhip in polarized 1969.


Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: You Smile-The Song Begins (1974)

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Title:

You Smile-The Song Begins

Released: 1974
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP 3620
Genre: Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Fox Hunt
02 Legend Of The One-Eyed Sailor
03 I Can't Go On Living, Baby, Without You
04 I Might Frighten Her Away
05 The Song Begins
06 Up Cherry Street
07 Promises, Promises
08 Save The Sunlight
09 Dida
10 Alone Again (Naturally)
11 Last Tango In Paris
12 A Song For Herb
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Coney Island (1975)

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Title:

Coney Island

Released: 1975
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4521
Genre: Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Coney Island
02 I Have Dreamed
03 Senor Mouse
04 Mickey
05 Sweet Georgia Brown
06 Ratatouille (Coisa No. 1)
07 Catfish
08 This Masquerade
09 Carmine
10 The Crave
11 Vento Bravo
12 I Belong
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Just You And Me (1976)

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Title:

Just You And Me

Released: 1976
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4591
Genre: Jazz
NOTE: White Label Promo
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Promenade
02 Musique
03 Just You And Me
04 Grandpa Lou
05 Aria
06 Yankee Doodle
07 Spanish Nights
08 One Night Lover
09 The Lady Needs Romance
10 The Day Will Come
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Herb Alpert - Rise  [A&M SP-4790] (1979)

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Title:

Rise

Released: 1979
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-4790
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul


T R A C K L I S T:
01 1980
02 Rise
03 Behind The Rain
04 Rotation
05 Street Life
06 Love Is
07 Angelina
08 Aranjuez (Mon Amour) (A-Ron-Ways)
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Fandango (1982)

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Title:

Fandango

Released: 1982
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-3731
Genre: Jazz
NOTE: Cut out on cover art
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Fandango
02 Margarita
03 Push And Pull
04 California Blues
05 Quiereme Tal Como Soy (Love Me The Way I Am)
06 Route 101
07 Coco Loco (La Guajira)
08 Aria
09 Angel
10 Sugarloaf
11 Latin Medley
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Herb Alpert - Keep Your Eye On Me [Promo][A&M SP-5125] (1987)

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Title:

Keep Your Eye On Me

Released: 1987
Label: A&M
Catalog: SP-5125
Genre: Jazz
NOTE: Promotional stamp on back cover
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Keep Your Eye on Me
02 Hot Shot
03 Diamonds
04 Traffic Jam
05 Cat Man Do
06 Pillow
07 Our Song
08 Making Love in the Rain
09 Rocket to the Moon
10 Stranger on the Shore
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Album Reveiw

Richard S. Ginell [allmusic.com]

The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producing the others himself in a mostly similar techno-pop vein. Presto!, three Top Ten R&B singles came out of the album, "Keep Your Eye on Me," "Making Love in the Rain," and the number one hit "Diamonds." The flashy, trashy "Diamonds" no doubt was aided on its rush up the charts by Jackson and Lisa Keith's bouncy lead vocals; it's really their record and that of Jam and Lewis, despite Alpert's top billing. Jackson and Keith also take the lead in the simple-minded lyrics of "Making Love in the Rain," which nevertheless has a haunting effect accented by Alpert's muted musings through an electronic gauze. At first, this seems like a gleaming digital machine of a record, loaded with repetitive sampling effects and drum machines churning out that ubiquitous '80s backbeat. But the techno stuff gradually gives way to Alpert's humane trumpet, which in a touching valentine to the '60s on Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," is eventually allowed to soar unimpeded over the electronics.

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' Biography

by Jason Ankeny [allmusic.com]

One of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history, trumpeter Herb Alpert was also one of the entertainment industry's shrewdest businessmen: A&M, the label he co-founded with partner Jerry Moss, ranks among the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established. Born March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, Alpert began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. After serving in the Army, he attempted to forge an acting career, but soon returned to music, recording under the name Dore Alpert for RCA.

With Lou Adler, Alpert co-wrote a number of Sam Cooke's most enduring hits, including "Wonderful World" and "Only Sixteen." Under the name Dante & the Evergreens, he and Adler also recorded a cover of the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop"; additionally, Alpert produced tracks for the surf duo Jan & Dean. In 1962 he teamed with Moss to found A&M Records, scoring a Top Ten hit with the single "The Lonely Bull."

From its humble origins as a company run out of Alpert's garage, A&M grew to become the world's biggest independent label; among its greatest successes were the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. Nevertheless, Alpert and his bacarole_king unit, the Tijuana Brass, remained the label's flagship act: on the strength of the hit "A Taste of Honey," his 1965 LP Whipped Cream and Other Denoch_lights topped the charts, popularizing his Latin-influenced style (dubbed "Ameriachi"). The follow-up, 1965's Going Places, also hit number one, launching the hit "Spanish Flea."

After 1966's What Now My Love -- his most popular effort, remaining at number one for nine weeks -- Alpert continued to dominate the charts with records including 1966's S.R.O. and the following year's Sounds Like and Herb Alpert's Ninth. In 1968, he scored his first number one single by taking a rare vocal turn on a rendition of Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love With You"; the album Beat of the Brass followed the hit to the top of the charts, becoming Alpert's fifth and final number one LP.

Released in 1969, Warm was the first of Alpert's 11 albums not to crack the Top 20; by 1971's Summertime, his commercial fates had fallen to the point where he no longer reached the Top 100. As A&M continued to thrive, he moved his primary focus from music to industry, although he regularly recorded throughout the early '70s; 1974's You Smile -- The Song Begins was his most successful outing in several years, but subsequent releases like 1975's Coney Island and 1976's Just You and Me met with greater chart resistance.

In 1979, Alpert staged a major comeback with Rise; not only did the album reach the Top Ten, but the title track topped the singles charts and became the biggest hit of his career. The follow-up, 1980's Beyond, was a Top 40 success, but subsequent efforts like 1982's Fandango and 1985's Wild Romance fared poorly. In 1987 Alpert enjoyed another renaissance with the album Keep Your Eye On Me; the lead single "Diamonds" hit the Top Five and featured a guest vocal from Janet Jackson, one of A&M's towering successes of the late '80s.

Alpert continued recording throughout the 1990s, producing work like 1991's North on South Street, 1992's Midnight Sun, and 1997's Passion Dance. After selling A&M to PolyGram in 1990 for a sum in excess of $500 million, he and Moss founded a new label, Almo Sounds, in 1994; among the imprint's hit artists was the group Garbage. His own albums, including 1997's Passion Dance and 1999's Colors, were also released on the label. Alpert also tackled other forms of media, exhibiting his ablood_sweat_tearsract expressionist paintings and co-producing a number of Broadway successes, including Angels in America and Jelly's Last Jam. He also established the Herb Alpert Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to establishing educational, arts, and environmental programs for children.
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