We have official word that a new Herb Alpert EP, entitled Human Nature, will be released on September 30. Check back here for more information as we receive it.
We finally have official word: the reissues are on the way!
Expected release date for the CD and vinyl reissues is September 9, 2016. The new titles will be released worldwide. The vinyl reissues, pressed on 180g vinyl, include South of the Border, Going Places, What Now My Love and Rise.
Keep in mind that these titles are still available as downloads at many retail outlets, and as high-resolution titles at Acoustic Sounds and HDTracks.
This deal ends on April 28th at 11:59PM, so don’t delay. Spend $50 at HDTracks and get 20% off storewide. This includes the excellent sounding Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass titles.
Nestled on side two of Herb Alpert’s Ninth (not to be confused with Beethoven’s) is a little ditty called “The Love Nest.” While it sounds like a little hideaway for an “innocent” little triste, it actually dates back nearly a century. It comes from a musical production, “Mary,” with lyrics by Otto Harbach and music by Louis A. Hirsch. It was made more popular through a mention in the classic novel “The Great Gatsby.”
For a little bit of fun today, we present two versions for you! One by John Steel dating to 1920, and a neat little workup via the smooth eight part vocal harmonies of The Randy Van Horne Singers, from the RCA album Clef Dwellers. (Apologies for the lousy sound on the Van Horne version–the original LP smokes this digital trainwreck!)
Only a few days left to enter our Herb Alpert signed CD giveaway! Hop over to our forum to enter. https://t.co/h6yrM3Z0rR
“Skokiaan” took the world by storm several decades ago. While it wasn’t strictly a #1 hit, there were so many versions out there that it was hard not to hear the song on radio.
“Skokiaan” was written by Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) musician August Musarurwa in 1954, and was covered by such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Perez Prado, Ray Anthony, Spike Jones (as “Japanese Skokiaan” with lyrics by Freddie Morgan), Bill Haley, and yes…Herb Alpert, whose recording landed him on the R&B charts for the first time.
The original recording is by a Rhodesian band called The African Dance Band of the Cold Storage Commission of Southern Rhodesia. We have linked to this version of the track below for your enjoyment.
And…just what is “skokiaan?” It is a type of bootleg alcoholic beverage, usually brewed within a day by someone at home. So, take a few sips and give this a spin!
On Herb Alpert’s Beyond album you will find a cover version of the Earth Wind & Fire favorite “That’s The Way of The World.” In memory of leader Maurice White, who passed away yesterday morning (Feb. 4), we give you the EW&F version of that track. It is a song that Maurice closely identified with, despite the fact that it originated from the soundtrack of a barely-screened film that bombed at the box office! Here it is. Enjoy!
Two lucky winners will win a copy of the latest Herb Alpert CD, Come Fly With Me, signed personally by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall! To enter the giveaway and read the details, visit our forum. Contest ends on Feb. 21, 2016, so don’t delay!
On January 19, 1991, Janet Jackson’s hit single “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” reaches #1 on the Billboard singles chart. Making a guest appearance on trumpet is our main man, Herb Alpert. This would be Jackson’s fourth #1 hit, and was part of the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis produced album Rhythm Nation: 1814. Jam and Lewis would also produce Alpert’s album Keep Your Eye On Me for release in 1990.
We are preparing a set of “Official Reviews” of the entire Herb Alpert catalog in our forum. We will begin introducing these reviews over the coming weeks, starting with the brand-new-to-digital releases like Summertime, Coney Island and Main Event Live.
These will coincide with the rebuilding of our discography here on the tijuanabrass.com site. We have delayed our new discography due to the availability of the new remasters, so, we will have the latest information available as each new section launches. Check back often!