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Discussion in 'The Beat of The Brass: Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass' started by Rim Kasputis, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Rim Kasputis

    Rim Kasputis Member Thread Starter

    Hi Everyone,
    Does anyone know anything about the Herb Alpert CD manufactured in Germany: A&M Gold series Includes tunes like This Guys in Love, Mexican Roadrace, South of the Border Caberet etc. Thanks Rim.
     
  2. Hey Rim,

    See: http://www.amcorner.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3158

    Or my review on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/cu...30330?_encoding=UTF8&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=music

    Harry
    NP: A&M Gold Series 2

    [edit: Topic moved to proper forum]
     
  3. An old thread, but I thought it could use an update as I finally got hold of the Japanese Vol. 2 in the set. I wanted it, even though it's identical to the European Gold Series disc. Something about these GOLD SERIES discs fascinate me, probably because it all happened without my knowledge at all. So here's a little pictorial tutorial, if you will.

    Here's the deal as best I can reconstruct it. A&M Records in Japan, sometime in the mid-late '80s, issued a series of special compilations and called them A&M GOLD SERIES. I happen to have two in the series for Carpenters, and one for Herb Alpert. The Alpert one is a mixture of TjB and solo tracks and looks like this:


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    [1] A Taste Of Honey
    [2] The Lonely Bull
    [3] Tijuana Taxi
    [4] The Work Song
    [5] The Maltese Melody
    [6] Bittersweet Samba
    [7]This Guy's In Love With You
    [8] Rise
    [9] Beyond
    [10] Fandango
    [11] Red Hot
    [12] Magic Man
    [13] Route 101

    OK, so there's an A&M GOLD SERIES in Japan in the mid-late '80s. It wasn't released in the US, and I don't believe it was released in Europe.

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    PolyGram then acquires A&M Records and immediately sets out to put out some of their new catalog under fresh titles, a typical ploy of record companies. So in 1990, they create what they want to call a GOLD SERIES in Japan, but someone must've figured out that there already WAS a GOLD SERIES in Japan just recently, so, everything's better when it's NEW, right? (Madison Ave. has told us so for years), so this series would be known as the A&M NEW GOLD SERIES. The two Tijuana Brass titles in this release were of course Volume 1 and Volume 2. The cover art would be white backgrounds with gold printing with a smallish inset picture over some gold music staves, I suppose. Here are the two TJB entries in the Japanese NEW GOLD SERIES:


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    [1] THE LONELY BULL
    [2] WHAT NOW MY LOVE
    [3] TIJUANA TAXI
    [4] THE MALTESE MELODY
    [5] BITTERSWEET SAMBA
    [6] CASINO ROYALE
    [7] FLAMINGO
    [8] ZORBA THE GREEK
    [9] OUR DAY WILL COME
    [10] THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
    [11] MY FAVORITE THINGS
    [12] WADE IN THE WATER
    [13] SPANISH HARLEM
    [14] SO WHAT'S NEW
    [15] WITHOUT HER


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    AMNewGoldTJB2at300.jpg
    [1] A TASTE OF HONEY
    [2] THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU
    [3] THE WORK SONG
    [4] SPANISH FLEA
    [5] MAME
    [6] THE HAPPENING
    [7] MEXICAN ROAD RACE
    [8] THIRD MAN THEME
    [9] SOUTH OF THE BORDER
    [10] A BANDA
    [11] HELLO DOLLY
    [12] MARCHING THROUGH MADRID
    [13] WHIPPED CREAM
    [14] MEXICAN SHUFFLE
    [15] CABARET

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    A year later, other parts of the world were to get something similar. In Europe, I suppose since they never had a GOLD SERIES before, they just called these A&M GOLD SERIES, used the same artwork, except the covers were all solid colors instead of white. Someone there decided that the Tijuana Brass only needed a single disc, so what had been "Volume 2" over in Japan, just became the A&M GOLD SERIES single disc in Europe. This compilation is still available today, by the way, and can be found in great numbers on the used market. It's the one with the green cover:

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    AMGoldTJB.jpg
    [1] A TASTE OF HONEY
    [2] THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU
    [3] THE WORK SONG
    [4] SPANISH FLEA
    [5] MAME
    [6] THE HAPPENING
    [7] MEXICAN ROAD RACE
    [8] THIRD MAN THEME
    [9] SOUTH OF THE BORDER
    [10] A BANDA
    [11] HELLO DOLLY
    [12] MARCHING THROUGH MADRID
    [13] WHIPPED CREAM
    [14] MEXICAN SHUFFLE
    [15] CABARET

    It's exactly identical to its counterpart in Japan above.

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    Meanwhile, to confuse matters, Australia's Polydor got in on this round of compilations too, only they decided that they would make the discs "OVER 60 MINUTES OF MUSIC" and called the series STARTRAX. The artwork and color scheme mimicked the Euro releases, but some artists got a beefed-up track list.


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    STARTRAX.jpg
    1. A Taste Of Honey
    2. This Guy's In Love With You
    3. The Work Song
    4. Spanish Flea
    5. Mame
    6. The Happening
    7. Mexican Road Race
    8. Third Man Theme
    9. South Of The Border
    10. A Banda
    11. Hello Dolly
    12. Marching Through Madrid
    13. Whipped Cream
    14. Mexican Shuffle
    15. Cabaret
    16. Tijuana Taxi
    17. Theme From Zorba The Greek
    18. Casino Royale
    19. The Lonely Bull
    20. The Girl From Ipanema
    21. A Walk In The Black Forest
    22. Acapulco 1922
    23. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
    24. More & More Amor

    You would think that this would be a combo of the two Japanese Volumes 1 and 2, but in fact, it grabs five from volume 1, and tacks on four more tracks which made neither 1 or 2 in the NEW GOLD SERIES.

    One thing seemingly endemic to these are the title misprints:

    The first one in Japan lists "Bitter Sweet Samba"
    The second set in Japan lists "Third Man's Theme" and "A Bamba"
    The Euro Gold Disc lists "Abanda"
    Startrax lists" Mexican Road Dance" ,"Abanda", and "More and More Amou"

    Some of those are nearly forgivable (I'm not 100% sure that "A Banda" couldn't also correctly be "Abanda" - perhaps our linguists know.)

    Harry
     
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  4. Thanks for the info, Harry... Fun and interesting! :)
     
  5. Last edited: Sep 29, 2013
  6. Yes there is, and I believe it too had separate releases in Japan and Australia with "New Gold Series" and "Startrax" titles.

    Harry
     
  7. I finally managed to track down one of these from Germany at a bargain price.

    397081-2
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    Tracklist
    1 Rise 7:37
    2 Fandango 3:41
    3 Rotation 5:12
    4 Magic Man 5:33
    5 I Need You 4:09
    6 Beyond 5:53
    7 Red Hot 4:45
    8 "8" Ball 4:48
    9 Maniac 3:46
    10 Wild Romance 4:10
    11 Bullish 4:45
    12 Fragile 2:59
    13 Making Love In The Rain 5:53
    14 Stranger On The Shore 2:53

    It wasn't something I desperately needed as I have all of these tracks elsewhere, but as part of the A&M Gold Series, I thought I should have it with the others. The collector's impulse...
     
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  8. Something just occurred to me. On that early D32Y A&M Gold Series:
    A&M Gold Series.jpg
    ...the picture includes two Baja Marimba Band albums. Never noticed that before.
     
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  9. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    Interesting that "Fragile" is on the Herb Alpert compilation. I don't think we've seen that song anthologized before, have we? That's a favorite of mine.
     

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