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Definitive Hits [Original recording remastered]

Herb AlpertAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00005ABMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
2. Mexican Shuffle - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
3. Whipped Cream - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
4. Lollipops And Roses - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
5. A Taste Of Honey - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
6. Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
7. Tijuana Taxi - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
8. Zorba The Greek - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
9. What Now My Love - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
10. So What's New? - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
11. The Work Song - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
12. This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
13. Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
14. Route 101 - Herb Alpert
15. Fandango - Herb Alpert
16. Rise - Herb Alpert
17. Rotation - Herb Alpert
18. Diamonds - Herb Alpert
19. Keep Your Eye On Me - Herb Alpert
20. Making Love In The Rain - Herb Alpert

Editorial Reviews

In an era when elaborate wordplay and adventurous production were the order of the day, Herb Alpert made an impact barely uttering a word or breaking a mold, other than expanding the commercial parameters for pop instrumentalists. Dashing trumpeter Alpert and his Tijuana Brass scored five top-20 hits between 1962 (when "The Lonely Bull" climbed to No. 11 in the U.S.) and 1968 (when the vocal-driven "This Guy's in Love with You" cracked the top 10), racking up five No. 1 albums over the same period. The group's patented "Ameriachi" sound made up in south-of-the-border sprightliness what it lacked in innovation; the likes of "Spanish Flea" and "Casino Royale" possessed the kind of unshakable hooks that fit perfectly on top-40 radio sandwiched between Nancy Sinatra and the Mamas & the Papas. This 20-track overview serves up 13 selections from the Tijuana Brass's heyday and is rounded up with seven Alpert solo selections, including comeback hits from 1979 ("Rise") and '87 ("Diamonds"). --Steven Stolder

Product Description

At last, a career-spanning collection from pop-jazz pioneer Herb Alpert! Includes The Lonely Bull; Mexican Shuffle; Whipped Cream; Lollipops and Roses; A Taste of Honey; Spanish Flea; Tijuana Taxi; Zorba the Greek; What Now My Love; So What's New; The Work Song; This Guy's in Love with You; Casino Royale; Route 101; Fandango; Rise; Rotation; Diamonds (with Janet Jackson); Keep Your Eye on Me , and Making Love in the Rain .

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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing replacement for the TJB catalog! April 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Being at the epicenter of A&M Records fans around the world at our A&M Corner website, I found this release to be a curious event. With all the available (and far superior) Tijuana Brass and solo Herb Alpert compilations available, why was this project created? It only took a couple of months to find out the reason: Universal took its axe to the Alpert catalog, to where this compilation and one or two other very recent Alpert recordings are all that remain in print. A pathetic situation for an artist with well over 30 albums to his name, one who set Billboard records that still stand to this day.
It's my gut feeling that Universal is in the process of shrinking their catalog considerably. Over the past few years, they've routinely picked an artist and slashed the artist's catalog back to one or two recent albums (if the artist is still musically active), and a compilation. And like clockwork, every couple of years, we'll get yet another different compilation that they feel will bring more buyers out of the woodwork. Why else would they take an entire body of work and distill it into a single-CD package? Universal has a history of doing this with other artists on other subsidiary labels...A&M is just the latest victim, and Universal's compilations reek of commercial exploitation at its worst.
From a sound quality standpoint, this release is spotty at best. First, a mono version of "The Lonely Bull." Why? Apparently the original masters were lost. (To be honest, my monaural LP copy of this one sounds cleaner than what made it to CD.) But some of the earlier TJB tracks really don't sound all that good. "A Taste of Honey" is still noisy and lacks a clean bass or treble. "Tijuana Taxi" is full of tape dropouts. (You'd have to have cotton in your head NOT to hear this!
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123 of 137 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really "Definitive" April 4, 2001
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While it's always a thrill seeing a new Herb Alpert CD, I kind of wonder about this one. Yet another Greatest Hits collection, but this one with a new twist. A 20-bit mastering system is used here, yet it's more of a two-bit sound. There are so many dropouts in songs like "Tijuana Taxi" and "The Work Song" that it actually detracts from the performance. The original master tapes of "Lonely Bull" were lost, so an enhanced mono version is used here.
One other complaint I have is that this should've been a 2 CD set. Alpert certainly had enough hits in his career to justify a 2 disc set. The TJB hits alone would've filled one CD. But the other tunes that are here a nice representation - albeit too short - of Alpert's long career. It's just too bad that a bad mastering job was done on this collection, because Alpert deserves better treatment.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Herb Alpert is one of those musicians that everyone has probably heard of, but not many really know when it comes to his music. Yes they have heard his pop hit with Janet Jackson "Diamonds", yes they know he is one of the brains behind A&M music, and yes they may even know an instrumental hit he had called "Rise". One reason for purchasing "Definitive Hits" was to get to know him better when it came to his music. From what I had heard, his horn playing was extremely good and I wanted to hear more. I figured purchasing a Greatest Hits collection would be a great starting point. I'm happy to report - I am very satisfied.
This CD does a great job at chronicling about 1/4 century of Herb Alpert's career - starting in 1962 and going out into 1987. The CD really covers three distinct phases of Alpert's career. The bulk of the CD (or first 13 songs), cover Herb when he was with his band, the Tijuana Brass. This really covers a period from 1962 to 1968. The second phase is Herb's "solo" period" from 1979-1982 (I assume he laid low while building A&M records in the 70s). The third phase is from the album "Keep Your Eye on Me" which was a phase in which Herb would embark on a collaborative period with established vocalist in a similar manner like Carlos Santana would do a decade later.
In Phase 1, the "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass" period; the CD presents 13 songs that Herb did with his band - The Tijuana Brass. These songs have a very distinct Mexican feel to it and have a lot of horns. This is where you will get to know Herb Alpert's roots. The guy is one heck of a horn player. One thing that did disappoint me is that Herb wasn't a big songwriter and that his songs were all written by others.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I couldn't possibly give a compilation of these 20 classic recordings anything less than 5 stars because the quality of music contained here is so great. However, this disc has its' flaws which should be considered. First, while all of the selections are really good, not all of them would really be considered to be among Alpert's "definitive hits". I don't really think "Lollipops and Roses" or "So What's New" are quite as definitive as songs that are absent from this collection. ("A Banda", "Wade in the Water", "Jerusalem", "Beyond" and "North on South Street" come to mind immediately.) Second, it's hard to tell exactly what this compilation is supposed to be. If it's a hit singles collection, then why are some non-hits represented? If it's supposed to be a "definitive" overview then why are so many years of Alpert's recording career not represented? If it's supposed to be a chronological sampling, then why does "Casino Royale" follow "This Guy's in Love with You" and why do the songs from RISE follow the songs from FANDANGO? Third, this is the first Alpert collection to be remastered from the original masters and there's good news and bad news. Among the good news is that we finally get "The Lonely Bull" in mono and "Casino Royale" has never sounded better. The bad news is that the master for "Tijuana Taxi" is in very poor condition! It has tons of drop outs, particularly during the drum fills toward the end of the song. It would've been smart to have included that track in mono as well, especially since the mono mix is a little different and has never been available on CD before. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... was hot in the day and still pritty darn good today. I enjoyed...
Herb Alpert was hot in the day and still pritty darn good today. I enjoyed listening to him agin
Published 11 days ago by Joe Lydick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening
We both enjoy Herb Alpert and listen to it regularly especially when traveling.
Published 11 days ago by New Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for those who love brass instruments
Gotta love it.
Published 11 days ago by T. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like horns, then buy it
Herb Alpert has been doing it for years..................If you like horns, then buy it.................. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great music
Published 19 days ago by Bud Hs Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it all the time
I had forgotten how much I love Herb Alpert's music. This is a great CD. It has many of his best songs.
Published 19 days ago by Cheryl Switzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs from Herb Alpert
Great songs from Herb Alpert and his orchestra. I especially like "This Guy's in Love with You"
Published 28 days ago by Lilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
bought this for my parents and they like it.
Published 28 days ago by Keith Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars great Jessegreat
great CD know everything and you don't think you do Herb Alpert was genius this love this stuff let's do it from beginning to end thanks
Published 1 month ago by john
1.0 out of 5 stars The Music is GREAT..
The Music is GREAT ... The CD will NOT play number 6 song! The last "Definitive Hits" I ordered was the same, So, I sent it back and Amazon replaced it with one that DOES... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dale Rogers
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