Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Classics, Volume 1 (1987)


Herb Alpert and the TJB have a very distinctive sound. At 25 tracks and over an hour of music, this CD contains a lot of that distinctive sound. I find it interesting that this sound was so popular in the '60s. Alpert doesn't have the clearest trumpet tone or the best singing voice, but it made for great background music at cocktail parties, I guess. Mating calls from the '60s. Warning: Might retain potency if served with liquor.

Tracks: Certainly The Lonely Bull and A Taste of Honey are fun, as are some of the covers like Zorba the Greek and Love Potion #9. The vocal take on Bacharach's This Guy's In Love With You is a nice change of pace, even if it's not the best version of that song. For pure cheese, check out Mame.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Not any associated with this CD, but the songs on the disc are some of the very first songs I remember hearing on the radio as a young lad. Of course, Spanish Flea reminds me of watching The Dating Game.

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