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S.R.O. Original recording remastered

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In November 1966, Alpert released SRO, his fourth album to place in the Top 10 in 1966, ultimately reaching the #2 spot. Includes the hit singles 'Work Song' and 'Mame'. Each album in the Herb Alpert Signature Series features meticulously remastered sound, deluxe packaging, detailed liner notes, and an intro by Herb Alpert containing personal recollections and anecdotes. Sony. 2005.


1. Our Day Will Come
2. Mexican Road Race
3. I Will Wait For You
4. Bean Bag
5. The Wall Street Rag
6. The Work Song
7. Mame
8. Blue Sunday
9. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
10. For Carlos
11. Freight Train Joe
12. Flamingo

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0009I7O70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Bernardi on June 22, 2005
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This has always been my favorite Tijuana Brass album, mainly because it was the jazziest of the group's repetoire. Herb Alpert even takes a nice trumpet solo on the opener "Our Day Will Come", which unfortunately suffers from a bit of tape distortion in the first minute. But you quickly forget about that little flaw. "I Will Wait For You" is a groovin' little ballad, with a bit of a smokey jazz club feel to it. "Mexican Road Race" has always been a fan favorite written by Sol Lake, who wrote many of the songs for the Brass. "Bean Bag" is a bit of a Brazilian romp, and "Wall Street Rag" is a very clever Dixie swinger. Both "Work Song" and "Mame" were staples in the TJB concerts, and both were big hits for Alpert. "Blue Sunday" is a very underrated song, almost a rocker. Burt Bacharach's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" follows, with drummer Nick Ceroli setting the groove. A very passionate "For Carlos" follows, and Alpert works in the vocal backgrounds well with the signature horn lines. Guitarist John Pisano contributes his "Freight Train Joe", and the band finishes with another Top 40 hit with the rockin' "Flamingo", again with some nice trumpet lines by Alpert. This album also illustrates Herb Alpert's incredible arranging skills, something many people have forgotten about. To me, this is the first time the TJB sounded like an actual "band" instead of a recording group. Well worth picking up!

And no, mono is NOT the way an artist intended to hear his music. Herb Alpert was a master of updating recording techniques, as this set will attest to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2007
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass remain one the best musical groups to come out of the 1960s; their "hey-day" from the 1960s still goes strong! This CD entitled S.R.O. (Standing Room Only) offers you an excellent assortment of eleven instrumental tracks as well as one song to which they sing the lyrics, "Mame." They may not be the greatest singers I ever heard; but their awesome, infectiously catchy melodies and relentless happiness and optimism more than compensate for this disappointment.

The CD starts off strong with the catchy "Our Day Will Come." And their day HAS come, believe me--and it's a day lasting several decades strong now! The horns, percussion and drums carry the melody well and infuse it with a type of Latin beat despite the fact that these gentlemen were not from Mexico. Great!

"I Will Wait For You" has a slower tempo that gives it a romantic effect; once again the horns and percussion carry the number very well.

Other great songs on this CD include "The Work Song" which they perform complete with a few grunts and groans to highlight that this number is about hard work done by inmates on a chain gang; "The Work Song" also brings to mind the horrors of slavery with its brutality and cruel work loads. "The Wall Street Rag" offers a relentlessly upbeat melody that you will enjoy; and "Mame" also displays such warmth and optimism that you just won't be able to resist jumping up and dancing right there in your living room!

The CD ends with "Flamingo" which employs tambourines in addition to the horns and percussion that are so fundamental to The Tijuana Brass style. Catchy and romantic both at the same time, "Flamingo" gives this album a strong ending.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angelfish on July 10, 2005
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After hearing with great excitment the re-mastered CD's, I was hoping they would released SRO. This is a really great CD and sounds fantastic. It is a very good collection of songs and a very strong finish with 'Flamingo'. Very amazing to hear this and I hope they release ALL the TJB library!! Can't wait for "Sounds Like..."
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Henderson on July 8, 2005
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Like other reviewers here, I've been waiting a long time for these remasters...having grown up in the 60's these albums were about the only thing I had in common with my parents (music-wise, anyway)... I'd read everything I could about the other musicians on the album covers, so I am just a bit disappointed that in his updated liner notes Herb Alpert gives almost no recognition to The TJB; in fact, at one point, he tries to pass them off as an ever-shifting lineup when almost every original cover shows the same recognizable faces...these guys deserve their due and it's sad that even now they're relegated to being faceless session players...Sorry, Herb, but what are these guys doing today? Anyway, the music's great
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Herb Alpert had a great influence on the sound of the sixties. His mashup of Mexican influences with jazz and pop songs has the same effect as cooking aromas - instantly tickling your memory's taste buds. If you lived through this period, it was the sound of MOR (middle of the road) AM radio - the kind your parents would listen to - in those days covered an incredibly wide range of popular music from the Cowsills to Sinatra / Martin Cole, to country, like Roger Miller's DANG ME.

And yes, then there are the game shows that this ensemble conjures up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven E. Blake on August 24, 2005
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S.R.O. exemplifies why I purchased every Tijuana LP and still have the complete collection. Though I still love the music, listening to half the songs then flipping LP sides and the deterioration of sound quality meant with less and less frequency. Now, these CDs are played every night as we go to sleep just as we used listen to a stack of records in our first apartment.
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