The legendary composer and producer Allen Toussaint (77) passed away Monday, Nov. 9 while on tour in Europe. Tijuana Brass fans will remember him as the composer of the track “Whipped Cream” from the famous album of the same name (written under the pseudonym Naomi Neville, his mother’s maiden name). This tune was used as one of the themes for the popular game show The Dating Game in the 1960s.
An ongoing issue, further complicated by some countries’ copyright laws, has led to ongoing piracy of Herb Alpert’s recordings.
Just as a reminder, going forward, there is only one official label which produces Herb Alpert’s recordings: Herb Alpert Presents.
Aside from Definitive Hits, A&M no longer distributes Herb Alpert’s recordings. The deal with Shout!Factory has also expired, so all that remains are the few albums remaining in stock in the Signature Series.
Any other releases from countries outside the United States are unauthorized, unofficial, and not approved by Herb Alpert Presents. In other words, they are pirated recordings. Quality and sources are questionable–they might be recycled from existing CDs, or made from poorly-transferred needle drops.
For genuine product, buy from reputable sellers, or buy used products of known good quality from sites like Discogs, eBay, and other outlets.
If you own, or are thinking of purchasing, any item that you are uncertain is legitimate, please stop by our Herb Alpert Forum “piracy” thread to inquire as to whether or not your chosen release is indeed legitimate, or not. We are not only helping the artist protect his copyright, we are also helping prevent users from being burned by sub-par products.
We have had a few of our TJB Forum members point out a rash of CD releases showing up on eBay that claim to be “official” CDs. If you want to know what is officially and legally in print, check out our availability thread in the forum. From what our users are saying in this forum thread, these “official” CDs are made from needle drops. Just a reminder to everyone: Herb Alpert owns and controls his master tapes, so any official Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass products would not be released without his approval in any country. A&M Records is no longer involved in Alpert’s recordings.