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Herb Alpert: Definitive Hits (2001)

By Published: January 22, 2003
Herb Alpert: Definitive Hits How self-serving can one musical genius be to have a label he co-founded release a collection of his best-loved songs?

But this is not just any self-serving genius. This is the guy who brought the world Dolores Ericson covered in shaving foam. This is the self-serving genius who scored the best James Bond film that wasn’t really a James Bond film ever. This is the self-serving genius who set the music to elevators and waiting rooms around the world.

This is Herb Alpert!

From the opening charge of "The Lonely Bull" (complete with homesickness-inducing crowd noise) to the closing washes of "Making Love in the Rain," this album chronicles one of the most prolific and constantly contemporary careers in the music industry. Taking his Tijuana Brass in their jalopied "Tijuana Taxi," Alpert blows from the "Heat Wave"-inspiring "Mexican Shuffle" to the bazoukid blitz of "Zorba the Greek." Perhaps his most famous film-related song, however, is the Burt Bacharach classic "Casino Royale," a tune which could inspire even Woody Allen to take on the world’s most dastardly criminals. Bacharach also gave Alpert one of his most famous ballads, and one of his Alpert's peachiest vocal offerings, with "This Guy’s In Love With You." Alpert also has a groovy thing goping with Nat Adderly’s "Work Song."

On this collection, Alpert swings from the authentic Latin punch of "Fandango" to the smooth American drive of "Route 101" and from the funky crescendo of "Rise" to the hip pop hops of "Diamonds" and "Keep Your Eye On Me." Along the way, he offers delicious delights like the minor-keyed rag "Whipped Cream," the sweet blooms of "Lollipops and Roses" and a bee-utiful spin through "A Taste of Honey."

How sweet it is to have all his hits together at last!

Thank you, Herb!


Track Listing: 1. Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 2. Mexican Shuffle - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 3. Whipped Cream - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 4. Lollipops and Roses - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 5. Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 6. Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 7. Tijuana Taxi - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8. Zorba the Greek - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 9. What Now, My Love? - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 10. So What's New? - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 11. Work Song - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 12. This Guy's in Love With You - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 13. Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 14. Route 101 - Herb Alpert 15. Fandango - Herb Alpert 16. Rise - Herb Alpert 17. Rotation - Herb Alpert 18. Diamonds - Herb Alpert 19. Keep Your Eye on Me - Herb Alpert 20. Making Love in the Rain - Herb Alpert

Record Label: A&M Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream



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