C/D: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass?

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Three reissues out this week. One of my indelible musical memories is listening to them on headphones, age ten, on a Saturday 7 a.m. -- and getting a nosebleed.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 February 2005 21:13 (fifteen years ago) link


Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Friday, 11 February 2005 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

i saw the reissues and was kind of confused. do people really care about this stuff? wouldn't they rather just go out and buy three for a dollar at the local thrift store? and since he is at every single thrift store, does this mean that he was pretty popular and people do actually care?

Tito JaXoN (JasonD), Friday, 11 February 2005 21:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I like them, in fact I tried starting a Herb Alpert vs. Roy Etzel thread last month - with zero response. So my girlfriend won THAT bet. I've probably got about 6 or 7 of their albums, all purchased for about a dollar each of course. Not sure if I'd bother picking up a cd though....probably only if it was a compilation with a really killer tracklisting.

everything, Saturday, 12 February 2005 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link

obv. classic, but yeah, pay no more than a quarter.

hstencil (hstencil), Saturday, 12 February 2005 00:07 (fifteen years ago) link

You and your girlfriend wager bets based on thread popularity?

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Saturday, 12 February 2005 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Unquestionably Classic.

Jole, Saturday, 12 February 2005 06:52 (fifteen years ago) link

san diego sez: DUD DUD DUD

vahid (vahid), Saturday, 12 February 2005 08:52 (fifteen years ago) link

worse than surf-rock

vahid (vahid), Saturday, 12 February 2005 08:53 (fifteen years ago) link

oh you joyless naysayers. this music is full of life and herb's trumpet is just so sarcastic - you think he didn't know how cheesy this stuff was? it's ace.
check out "the brass are coming" for the best version of "moon river" ever and "country lake" (how many harpsichord funk country tijuana numbers do you get you spoilt cretins? you need to appreciate this stuff!) also "SRO" for "mexican road race" if nothing else - funniest instrumental about a mexican road race ever! with car noises! also these guys are responsible for what is alongside the dali caldis ensemble's "sounds for a swinging christmas" probably the joint best ever christmas album. the rhythm section rocks.

bob snoom, Saturday, 12 February 2005 10:49 (fifteen years ago) link

i like the track herb did with chuck d.

eman (eman), Saturday, 12 February 2005 10:54 (fifteen years ago) link

eman wins

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Saturday, 12 February 2005 10:56 (fifteen years ago) link

i loved "diamonds " with janet jackson

La Camilla Henemark, Saturday, 12 February 2005 11:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Get with it: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were just popularizers. The Baja Marimba Band were the cutting-edge groundbreakers, man.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 12 February 2005 12:00 (fifteen years ago) link

i like the track herb did with chuck d.

The first mashup ever, and still the best. Evolution Control forevah!

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Saturday, 12 February 2005 16:38 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
"Diamonds," you ignorami!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 22:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Great version of "Wade in the Water".

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 22:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Herb contributed a fine, appropriately lazy solo to Angel Corpus Christi's languidly sexy "Lazy" (from 1995's White Courtesy Phone LP) and is therefore more than OK in my book. Of the Brass, I only recognize the biggest hits, but they're pleasant enough. My parents owned '68's The Beat Of The Brass but never EVER played it to my knowledge. (Musta been a wedding gift or something.) Gatefold art, as I recall, had Herb & the boys honking away for the pleasure of sheep and goats in a petting zoo, no kidding.

Monty Von Byonga (Monty Von Byonga), Tuesday, 30 May 2006 23:39 (fourteen years ago) link

"Casino Royale" is grand.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 02:17 (fourteen years ago) link

C'mon guys, "Spanish Flea" rules!!!

naus (Robert T), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 02:20 (fourteen years ago) link

The Dating Game Music innit? Call me stupid, but I always like This Guy's In Love With You.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 02:27 (fourteen years ago) link

"Rise" = "Hypnotize" by Biggie.

Ash (ashbyman), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 16:17 (fourteen years ago) link

there's a mentally handicapped fellow who shops at the store and LOVES herb alpert.

draw your own conclusions.

electro-acoustic lycanthrope (orion), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

five years pass...

dang the bobby konders mix of north on south street is something good

coal, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:45 (eight years ago) link

theres like 3 mixes on there its worth getting for

coal, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:25 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

Interesting interview with him now on WBGO.

Theory of Every Zing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 April 2019 16:18 (one year ago) link

His wife is being interviewed too. Lani Hall, original lead singer of Brasil '66, in case you didn’t know.

Theory of Every Zing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 April 2019 16:29 (one year ago) link

An actual video from 1966--this turned up in the Mentors documentary! (El Duce was influenced by the drumming...)


clemenza, Sunday, 28 April 2019 16:34 (one year ago) link

At the age of 3 I used to jump around the living room like a maniac to my parents 45 of Spanish Flea

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 28 April 2019 21:45 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Age 84 and he has a new album out. First single: "Skinny Dip"

Josefa, Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:00 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

Just saw him do a cabaret show with Lani Hall. They really brought it. It was a mix of Tijuana Brass songs and Brasil '66 songs, plus extras. He got the entire room to sing along to "This Guy's in Love with You," which was sweet. They closed with "Puttin' on the Ritz" which Lani sounded great on.

Josefa, Saturday, 30 November 2019 15:32 (eight months ago) link

Where was this?

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 November 2019 15:52 (eight months ago) link

Did you go with your colleague Michael Feingold?

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 November 2019 15:53 (eight months ago) link

Café Carlyle at the Carlyle Hotel.

I don't even know Michael Feingold!

Josefa, Saturday, 30 November 2019 16:15 (eight months ago) link

Oh, I see what you're referring to... the John Simon obit I linked to. I meant Feingold was a colleague of John Simon, not of me.

Josefa, Saturday, 30 November 2019 16:16 (eight months ago) link

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