Herb Alpert’s new EP, Human Nature, is a collection of electronic dance-oriented tunes, being released on September 30, 2016. The track listing includes the title track (Michael Jackson’s hit), three by Burt Bacharach, and a handful of others. You can sample the track “Doodles” at Soundcloud.
Full press release here: http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/herb-alpert-electronic-and-dance-infused-human-nature-september-30
Preorders for Human Nature begin on August 5.
The promotional graphic for the reissues, coming on September 9th!
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.
“Love So Fine” is something of a lost A&M hit. It sounded like it should have been a smash on the charts, yet it was pretty much forgotten over the years. Diehard fans of Roger Nichols with his Small Circle of Friends hadn’t forgotten, and Herb Alpert covered this with his Tijuana Brass on the Herb Alpert’s Ninth album. After a decades-long absence, Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends have released two albums in recent years, well worth seeking out if you liked their smooth vocal sounds from the original A&M album!
One of our favorite tracks from the Coney Island album was “Vento Bravo,” composed and originally performed by Edu Lobo. Here is the cut featured on his Missa Breve album from 1973.
It’s no secret that “Maniac” was a popular #1 hit by Michael Sembello (especially given its appearance in the film Flashdance), and it was a natural for Herb to cover the tune in a modern TJB fashion on his Bullish album. To the uninitiated, Sembello seemed like a one-hit wonder, but he was (and still is) a busy gigging musician, having appeared on many popular recordings. His experiences reach as far back as Stevie Wonder’s landmark Songs in the Key of Life, which he recorded on as a teenager. Sembello has also recorded his own music on A&M. Herb’s Bullish album hinted at “Tijuana Brass” on its cover, and the album coincided with a reunion tour of the 70s-era T.J.B..
The songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David created the music for the Broadway production Promises, Promises, which was an adaptation of the Billy Wilder film The Apartment. Dionne Warwick would make this tune an international hit, and Herb covered it on his You Smile–The Song Begins album from 1973. The vocal version of tune appears at the end of the production.
The Crusaders (Joe Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper) had a hugely successful jazz/funk/R&B crossover hit with their tune “Street Life,” featuring the vocals of Randy Crawford. Herb not only covered “Street Life” on his Rise album, but featured the maestro himself, Joe Sample, on keyboards in this performance.
Here, then, is the full album length version of “Street Life.”