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Album Review

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were rolling right down the middle of the American pop scene like a locomotive in 1966 — and this album captures them at the peak of their exuberance. By now, there really was a live, touring edition of the Tijuana Brass, and there was an easily identifiable TJB sound, with its strummed Latin American guitars, twin trumpet leads, delicate marimba or vibes (played by Julius Wechter of Baja Marimba Band fame in the studio), and strong grooves rooted in Latin American music, jazz, and rock. Alpert's family of sidemen and composers were busy generating their own catchy hits, like Wechter's deadly, infectious "Spanish Flea," and the tragically short-lived Ervan Coleman's wonderfully goofy "Tijuana Taxi." The bossman's trumpet could be joyous, mocking, and melancholy in turns, and his choices of tunes totally unpredictable; who else would dare juxtapose "The 3rd Man Theme," "Walk, Don't Run," "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," and "Zorba the Greek" on one record? No other TJB record has as much unbuttoned fun and humor as this one — and not surprisingly, it spent six weeks at number one in 1966. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

OOh the memories

When I was a kid I used to get my mum to put this on constantly. Just listening to Spanish Flea took me right back to the front room in Putney, London, circa 1973. A classic easy listening album.

Foot tapping, finger clicking good

This is the stuff of legends. I used to have a "forty-five" of Spanish Flea when I was little. This has brought it all back. Mum and Dad had his albums on what we used to call LPs, its incredible to hear it all again. Now my kids ( two of which are learning dance ) are enjoying it too. Long may it be available and may the range expand. For anyone considering downloading it I'd say this. You can't make a mistake by doing so, there's nothing taxing about this music, only foot tapping, finger clicking good entertainment. Go on - you know you want to.

Memories

Crikey! I remember seeing this record cover as a young kid amongst my dads record collection along with his Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. I seem to remember liking this album even back then. I once saw this album in HMV as an import for about £20 back in about 2006 so this is a good price. "Spanish Flea", "Tijuna Taxi", and "Walk Don't Run" are my favs on this album and really transport me back in time to when dad used to play this on ye-old "Dansett" record player.

Biography

Born: 31 March 1935 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful instrumental performers in pop history, trumpeter Herb Alpert was also one of the entertainment industry's shrewdest businessmen: A&M, the label he co-founded with partner Jerry Moss, ranks among the most prosperous artist-owned companies ever established. Born March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, Alpert began playing the trumpet at the age of eight. After serving...
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