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Heh. With all the conversation, I had it playing in my car this morning.
Functional is about all I'll give it.It's a little distorted, but somewhat functional, I suppose.
If I'm still doing my show when that happens I will certainly fulfill that request even so I try to play a track or more from it as I play rarities often ( kind of gives me a sense of exclusivity like the MOR/Easy stations of old who received custom music programming that until recent years was never available publicly)I'd love to be over there someday and hear a track from JUST YOU AND ME on the radio! Put that in as a request!
This would then suggest the LP was Herb's most honest LP in that apparently there were no concessions to commercialize the music. I've never heard the LP -- (though I do recall seeing it under his divider back in the mid-70s) but now I definitely want to hear it.The album was almost experimental - the kind of thing one can do when one owns a record company.
You Might have a Point about His pre Rise Lps nevertheless I enjoy Everything Herb Made regardless of how different they may be being that I wanted to play trumpet in school band Because of him I knew he was always "Musically Adventurous" meaning he took chances and arrange songs in ways that were not common and try different things and I think JYAM is A Unique album unto itself Harry is correct in saying the songs on it would never fit on any other Herb Alpert Album.This would then suggest the LP was Herb's most honest LP in that apparently there were no concessions to commercialize the music. I've never heard the LP -- (though I do recall seeing it under his divider back in the mid-70s) but now I definitely want to hear it.
(I'm probably wrong here, but I always felt that the whole Rise thing was a left-turn of sorts and that, for the most part, from that point onward, he definitively focused his music to what was trendy -- whereas his pre-Rise '70s LPs were simply the music he wanted to make...)
This would then suggest the LP was Herb's most honest LP in that apparently there were no concessions to commercialize the music. I've never heard the LP -- (though I do recall seeing it under his divider back in the mid-70s) but now I definitely want to hear it.
I totally concur and I thought it was a Great experimentJUST YOU AND ME has historically been one of those albums that creeps up on a fan after several listens, at least that's the way it seems from reports here and my own experience. I remember grabbing the album when it was new. We were coming off of CONEY ISLAND, so it really sounded different. I'm pretty sure I played it through once and filed it away, and didn't dig it out again for probably twenty years. Then discussion on this forum got me to dig it out again - and it sounded better to me. Another few plays and it became a familiar friend.
Regarding Herb's piano playing, no he's not a virtuoso on that instrument, but it's clear he can noodle around on it to form chords that enhance where he wants a song to go. And on this album, it really sounds to me like he use two pianos, one slightly detuned, perhaps in an effort to mimic or enhance his detuned horn on a second pass. It tends to give these songs almost a "tack piano" feel at times. Another reason I see the album as not only a tribute to his dad, but an experimental album too.
It does grow on you over time but for me being a completist this was a necessity and long before I was able to find the Lp I only had the 45 single of Promenade and Musique which I wore out by playing too muchGave it a 2nd, closer, listening earlier today. I do like it better. Given that Herb was a career recording artist, it's good to have such a sonic document. For those of us who are not attracted to his Rise-and-after music, this LP is all the more engaging; and for the casual '60s TjB "fan" it's a nice musical response to that what-ever-happened-to-Herb-Albert question that surely popped up around many dinner table conversations in the mid'70s.