Christmas Album Original recording remastered
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Originally released in 1968, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass's holiday offering was a hit, reaching the #1 spot three Christmases in a row. It's been out of print for many years except for a brief issue on CD until this year, when it was released as part of the Herb Alpert Signature Series. It's been fully restored and includes a booklet talking about the release.
So what about the music? This is a mostly instrumental recording featuring Herb on the trumpet and the drums, guitars, and maracas of the band as well. This makes for unique arrangements of the classic songs. I guarantee you have nothing like this in your collection.
I say mostly instrumental because a choir is involved. Mostly, they hum the melody for a few measures and then let the band take over, sometimes coming in later to highlight the melody again. In addition, Herb sings on two songs. His version of "The Christmas Song" isn't going to top anyone lists of favorite versions, but is good. I've only heard "The Bell that Couldn't Jingle" here, but this time Herb's vocals are better suited to the song. It's a fun little number about Santa and Jack Frost helping a Bell find his jingle again.
And fun best describes the arrangements on this disc. The choir opens with a few a cappella measures of "Winter Wonderland," then the band takes over with a samba arrangement that will be sure to have you dancing. The samba rhythm applies to "Jingle Bells" as well.Read more ›
The original cover is restored and the music is mastered much better than previously available on A&M's CD.
This is such a beautiful collection of Christmas tunes with dynamic arrangements by Herb Alpert and beautiful choral and string arrangements by Shorty Rogers. The accompanying 20 page booklet includes thoughtful liner notes, an introduction by Herb Alpert himself and many great photos of the Brass throughout their career.
From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Leroy Anderson to Bach, Alpert tackles a wide variety of seasonal favorites with joyous verve and traditional respect.
Among the highlights are the sprightly opening take on "Winter Wonderland" where Shorty Long's chorus intermingles with Herb's trumpet to create pastoral scenes without using any actual lyrics; the unique stop and start arrangement of "My Favorite Things" which was a chart hit for the Brass; the Mariachi flavored "Las Mananitas" which was orginally only available as a b-side to the "Whipped Cream" single; and Herb's sentimental vocal treatment of Robert Wells and Mel Torme's "Christmas Song".
The only fault I can find with this album is that the playing time seems to be over all too soon.
So I just let it play again.
While at times the Ray Connif-esque voices overpower the music, this is a welcome reissue of a classic Christmas album. Especially enjoyable are such songs as the Rodgers and Hammerstein gem "My Favorite Things," along with "Las Mananitas" and "Jingle Bell Rock." And while it won't make you forget Nat King Cole's version, there is a certain charm to Alpert's vocal on "The Christmas Song."
This is a straight reissue of the 1968 album with no bonus tracks (so it clocks in at just under 32 minutes). But if you grew up in the Sixties listening to Herb Alpert, this is an album guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. RECOMMENDED
In addition to the fantastic picture on the front of this remastered CD there is a wealth of fantastic Christmas music inside.
"Las Mananitas" is voluptuously sentimental. The version of "Jingle Bell Rock" is perfect for a little holiday burlesque . And "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" is as sweet as a Christmas cookie.
I can't imagine a better way to spend a Christmas night than sitting in front of a lit tree, sipping a glass of Christmas Cheer and listening to this sumptuous CD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this trip down memory lane. We had this album when I was a kid. Still brings back nice memories of Christmas time.Published 15 days ago by W. N. Craft
I love everything by Herb. This is great background music for a holiday event.Published 1 month ago by Ringo
Very much enjoying this album. I get burnt out on the same old songs that they play on a loop every year. This is so lively and different that I really dig it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan P. Judd
Believe it or not I bought this CD for just one song...."The Bell That Couldn't Jingle". I had never heard this adorable, catchy tune until about two years ago on Music... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marilyn Schneider
If you are a fan of Herb Alpert, and who isn't, this is a really great. I definitely recommend. It is a fun CD for the holidays.Published 11 months ago by ColoradoJen
Now, this is music! Every year since childhood we listened to this in record form. Christmas is not complete without this CD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Avril's Distant Cousin
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I realize this response is a year later, but I too have been looking for the original Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Christmas album. The one I grew up listening to at Xmas time is not the same as the "remastered CD" but I understand the Toreador Brass Tijuana Christmas LP is... Read More
Dec 21, 2007 by ladylawdawg | See all 2 posts