- Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Shout Factory
- ASIN: B00ARX2W24
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album from the Jazz/Pop icon. After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the '60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Records, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, which climbed to #1 on the Billboard chart. His acclaimed album, Fandango, found Alpert returning to Mexican and Latin American sounds and rhythms, but with a modern sound. The result was one of the most acclaimed albums of his career, remaining on the Billboard Top Albums chart for half a year, and featuring the Top 40 hit 'Route 101.'
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The digipak from Shout Factory fits in well with the earlier releases in the series, but this time is made with a shinier cardboard, mimicking the shinier material that A&M released the vinyl album in back in 1982. It adds an extra sheen to the Richard Avedon black & white photo that graces the cover along with the flaming red Fandango logo. The included booklet is less glossy, but in line with the others in the Herb Alpert Signature Series that were released in the past decade. And the liner notes fit in with their earlier cousins, too. First you get a page with new notes from Herb, then a page reprinting the original liner notes, and then an essay by Gene Sculatti, all followed up with album credits new and old. The back page, as usual, is a reprint from a vinyl album. An interesting variation here is that it's reprinted from a Canadian copy of the FANDANGO LP. You can just make out the tiny French printing at the bottom. The disc face is red colored with the pale colored Fandango logo angled up, with the Herb Alpert Signature Series logo at the top in an ochre color. Fine print is in white.
The sound is just top-notch all the way, as these old tunes get new life on this wonderful remaster. Fans who went crazy trying to locate the older and rarer release now can happily get this new remaster - the best that FANDANGO has ever sounded.
1.Fandango (Juan Carlos Calderon) A true spanish flamenco like tune. Herb's trumpet sounds dominant.
2.Margarita (Juan Carlos Calderon) Great song with very fine orchestral arrangements standing over a rhythmic beat.
3.Push And Pull (Juan Carlos Calderon) A latin soft jazz song, including fine arrangements for the well known tropical latin musical instrument called "güiro"
4.California Blues (Juan Carlos Calderon) A Baja latin stylish blues song. Just as beautiful as looking at the sunset on a beach in Baja.
5.Quiereme Tal Como Soy (Rafael Perez-Botija) A classic romantic style ballad. Herb Alpert sings and he does quite well!!!
6.Route 101 (Juan Carlos Calderon) The duet Herb's trumpet with the accompanying guitar is superb!!! Very rhythmic tempo that invites to dance. Not to mention the great backing vocals.
7.Coco Loco (La Guajira) (Diego Verdaguer) Ideal melody for the sunday afternoon, dancing under the summer sun at the beach.
8.Aria (Eduardo Magallanes) Powerful tunes, full of mexican mariachis guitars, violins and trompets with a bit taste of huapango, all exceptionally mixed, evoking an ambient of "fiesta en La Alameda con mis amigos", with ligths and pirotecnia at the evening!!!
9.Angel (Juan Carlos Calderon) Herb's trumpet and the piano combined as never before, showing us how great a musician can be. A joyful song.
10.Sugarloaf (Erasmas Carlos, Roberto Carlos) Brazilian fashionable. Full of tropical beats.
11.Latin Medley: Frenesi, Bahia, Moliendo Cafe, Porompompero
(Dominguez, Barroso, Manzo, Ochiata/Valerio/Solano) A tasty rhythmic medley closing for a very fine, very enjoyable album.
Thank you Herb!!
The album was recorded in Mexico City and all arrangements were made by recognized latinamerican musicians and composers so it has a full latin taste, not even touched by any other album performed by Herb with The Tijuana Brass.
This album is a must have !!!
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Will herb alpert ever release beyond on cd at a normal price