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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, and we presume a fold-down from stereo was used as the source. (My mono cut of the LP has far more clarity.) 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, but a lot of it is due to the studio having to "bounce" tracks in order to complete the recording (as they only had three-track capabilities back then). "Tijuana Taxi" is full of tape dropouts. (You'd have to have cotton in your head NOT to hear this!) We'd heard the dropouts on earlier releases (even on vinyl, such as, on the "Greatest Hits" LP) but they are more pronounced now, likely due to deteriorating tape.
For the record, I question whether some of these are indeed the original master tapes. Given the studio equipment available back then, courtesy of the three-track Gold Star Studios, they very well could be.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I miss/love hearing these songs. I bought it so my 4 year old grandson could hear trumpet music. He always points out the trumpet players in the bands at parades. Read morePublished 5 days ago by celeste
One of the most enjoyable cd's I own. Covers quite a span of Albert's music!!Published 21 days ago by K. McFarland
This my second of this album I scratched the first so it is now loaded in my car. Big fan of Herb AlbertPublished 2 months ago by Jane Reed