Herb just does not like to look back and re-live the past. He likes to look forward and be in the moment and create new things. I spent 1979 & 1980 in the studio making recordings with him and now many years later I am his partner in all of these film and music things. It is a different perspective then even Jerry's or Lani's.
Let me preface my message to Randy with my own background regarding 'Unc':
I was five years old when my family and I moved to Rota, Spain in the summer of 1974. I asked my mom if we had any "Spanish" music in her records. She said no, but there might be some records with a Spanish flare that might interest me. After playing her "Tonight Carmen" and "Gunfighter Ballads" records by Marty Robbins, I segued into a couple of instrumental albums by this trumpet guy. One was GOING PLACES and the other was, of course, WHIPPED CREAM & OTHER DELIGHTS. These two records are what began my love of Herb's music. My mom's TJB collection ("Tijuana Taxi" started it all for me), and then five years later when I heard "Rise" back in the states, I just became obsessed with all things Herb. Ironically, my first vinyl purchase with my own money was MAIN EVENT LIVE. But soon I would begin grabbing up everything I possibly could (vinyl lp, 45, and later CD) and ended up with a pretty extensive collection from THE LONELY BULL on up through OVER THE RAINBOW. I have all 46 originally released albums, plus most of the compilations. Just got the DVD documentary. Awesome. I think we've all been waiting for this for a LONG time. And it was well worth the wait.
Now, with all of that being said... Badazz, you were a big part of my all time favorite Herb Alpert era: the early 80s (as I became a teenager in 1981). RISE, BEYOND, MAGIC MAN, FANDANGO and BLOW YOUR OWN HORN. And while I realize that Herb likes to keep things fresh and look forward, he doesn't seem to acknowledge any of his early 80s output (aside from "Rise" of course, and maybe "Route 101").
I can't help but think I'd be the lunatic in the audience shouting "PLAY MAGIC MAN!", "LATIN LADY !", "PUSH AND PULL !" or "REACH FOR THE STARS!" Just curious: Am I the only one who longs for this all-but forgotten part of his recording legacy?