As a child Herb took up both the trumpet and the drums, and by high school he was recording himself on his own wire recorder (an ancestor of the tape recorder).
He gained quite a reputation on the horn, performing during his post-graduate Army stint and again with the USC Trojan Marching Band in college.
Factory has reissued a remastered version, along with several other Alpert titles, as part of its Herb Alpert catalog.
It was an instant hit, and both Alpert's career and the label's took off.Having released "Bull" with the name "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass," he set about finding musicians for his fictional band. Factory 2005One time in high school I flipped through my parents' records hoping that they might have purchased some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd albums without my knowledge. You know at least two songs on here already: the title track, which was used for the bachelors' theme on is a collection of songs with titles all having to do with food, although this makes little difference once the songs get filtered through Alpert's idiosyncrasies. No such luck, but tucked in between Barbara Streisand and John Denver was a copy of . Almost forty years later it's a bit surprising that his blend of Dixieland, pop, mariachi, and just about everything else caught on like it did. In 1979 he engineered a remarkable comeback with the funkier instrumental "Rise," and continued in that vein for the next decade or so, also becoming a presence on the R&B charts.
A&M was sold to Poly Gram (later Universal) in 1987, and stayed on to run it until 1994, quitting to devote himself to art and philanthropy.
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At the very least, Alpert was a gifted arranger who understood the architecture of successful pop music and managed to create an unexpected hit record.
Today, once you can get past the initial recoil of listening to music this obviously dated, it's apparent that Alpert was on to something.
Perhaps the serious retro enthusiasts will pick it up, or maybe the cover will lure others in just like the initial release. Factory has included a full-size reproduction of the original cover in the packaging.)Regardless, since you've heard the Tijuana Brass before, your mind may be already be made up.