Of the other remaining Herb Alpert vocal numbers released during the classic TJB period, select your preferred recording and tell us why.
Harry, though I've read about the 45 version I didn't hear it until your post -- and I have to say, it's quite good. Herb sings in a more definitive manner and the extended fade is a treat. I think he manages the bridge, which is clearly challenging against the A-section, slightly better on the LP version -- otherwise the 45 wins the shoot out. Thanks for sharing this.I prefer the 45 mix of the record. Herb re-recorded his vocals for the stereo album version, but I thought he got it right on the single.
I agree with about 90% of what Mike wrote. To me the only clunkers are You Are My Life and Without Her (just cannot appreciate that melodramatic violin assault arrangement -- yet, as TjbBmb pointed out, the bass, piano (and guitar) groove -- particularly at the coda -- are par excellence...in fact, had this been an instrumental with just those core instruments throughout it would have been a gorgeous segue from The Sea Is My Soil on the LP).I voted for "The Bell that Couldn't Jingle." I've always liked this song from the first time I heard it,
Hi Dan! With the lone exception of SOTB, I think I've tinkered with every '60s TJB LP running order. On Warm, Herb wisely spaced the two vocal numbers far apart. I dropped Without Her (from my UDXL-II dub back in 1979 -- but a few years ago I did a nifty little Garage Band edit of the coda groove because it's so dang good!) but pretty much left TWFL near the end. I'll give your Marjorine--TWFL recommendation a whirl.Then, one day...probably by coincidence, I listened to TWFL after listening to Marjorine. The song made a lot more sense after that
Not buyin' it, Mike...to my ears, the singer is saying, "...Don't make the same mistake I made; if you have a chance at true love...go for it, and forget everything else. It may be too late for me, but it isn't for you."Me-thinks you're not listening very carefully to the "TWFL" lyrics, Dan. It's saying that days without love are sad and that you should fall in love as soon as possible. It's not a lament.
Every day without love is a day of sadness
Let me bring you gladness
To wait for love is just to waste another day
Hear what I say
Tomorrow true love may find a way
Fall in love today
Don't get me wrong, I agree it's an over-the-top mess, but it's meant to be uplifting, not sad. At least that's my take on it. I think it's the perfect counterpart to "Without Her," lyricswise. Now THAT is a sad song, but..... it still has kind of a happy vibe to it. When he sings "I'd rather die... than live without her" he starts humming afterward as if he's taking a pleasant walk in the sun.
...well, when most songs are "love songs" it's easy to pass on any unique subtleties in the lyrics...one of the reasons I like what folks like Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman brought to the pop table by '68 -- they address topics far and away from romance.they're just meaningless syllables sitting atop a melody, at least that's the way most songs are to me
Agreed! My parents had very few vocal LPs in the house -- and to this day I prefer wordless music; however, when folks start singing I'd rather here Norman Luboff and all those arranged voices blending with the instruments.To me, music is about the sound of the songs - the way the instruments and vocals sort-of coagulate to form one entity. It's always been that way for me, and is the reason I can listen to a record that's recorded in most languages, - it's all about the totality of the sound.