Classic AOTW Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass FOURSIDER (SP-3521)

Discussion in 'The Beat of The Brass: Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass' started by Harry, Apr 27, 2012.

How would you rate FOURSIDER as a compilation?

  1. ***** Perfect

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  2. **** Very Good

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  3. *** Good

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  4. ** Poor

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  5. * Extremely Poor

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  6. I've never heard of it

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  1. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    Just re-reading over this thread. I think I missed the post when somebody posted the OBI-type strip of paper that had the song titles on it. After seeing that, it jogged my memory - now I remember that my copy did have the titles on the strip like that. Unfortunately I didn't save it.

    I still remember seeing Foursider in our local variety store (we had started carrying LPs, but didn't have it yet) and looking at the song titles and being stunned that there was a new entry, "Last Tango in Paris," included. I bought the set immediately and was preparing to be disappointed that LTIP was just an old song with a different name. Who knew that Herb's recording story was only about 1/4 played out by that time and he'd still be going strong 45 years later!
     
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  2. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    Listen to this little sample. It's the first few seconds of Tijuana Taxi from the GREATEST HITS CD, right channel only. The second half is the same section, right channel only from the FOURSIDER LP.

    https://picosong.com/wJudj/
     
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  3. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I had the vinyl of Herb's foursider and I did notice Tijuana taxi sounded a bit different than usual at that time I was so used to hearing everything bassy coming from the left channel at the time I didn't care much for that version but that was my fickle youthdom at the time now I own the CD foursider and that version has the regular mix so it looks like I foolishly let go of another vinyl rarity for the sake of the so called " Perfect sound forever" Boy What a Dummy I was"
     
  4. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Wow.
     
  5. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    Which one of those "Taxi's" compares closest to the more recent releases from Shout and Herb Alpert Presents? I've never had the Foursider CD, so I haven't heard that mix on any kind of system in decades.

    It's kind of funny, I always thought the Greatest Hits CD was a pretty good mastering job but now I'm wondering. Need to have a little listening session I guess.
     
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  6. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    I find the GREATEST HITS to sound really good too, and what I'm posting about here is the old vinyl FOURSIDER. The CD on Taxi sounds closer to the CD of GREATEST HITS.

    The first one, posted above, is what you'd get on the widely separated GREATEST HITS.
     
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  7. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

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    My Foursider is too old--too much wear. (Played it on crap equipment back in the day.) The CDs are long gone, stored away, and I never ripped it if I owned it.
     
  8. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

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    The first (and only?) CD release of Greatest Hits sounds identical to the A&M Audiophile Series release of the same record (beyond the digital vs. analog thing). It sounds like the same master was used, and the same EQ.
     
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  9. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I remember quite often, when "stereo" first entered my life, I found it kind of fascinating to briefly crank the balance all the way to one side and listen to the band with just the rhythm section.
     
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  10. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I used to do the same thing too it was the same with some of the Beatles stereo albums
     
  11. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Agree The Greatest Hits CD was very well mastered and it was one of my first CDs I ever bought and I still have it in pristine condition I first bought it in 1988 so I assume it is a Pre polygram era release the copyright on the case reads 1985
     
  12. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

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    Funny. Before I actually ever bought any of those Beatles records decades ago, I always thought it was "stupid" that they put the vocals in one channel and music on the other. Only after I read more about them did I realize that it was never intended to be released as stereo--it was only recorded as a very early and crude form of "multitrack" where they would mix the two channels down into mono.
     
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  13. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I remember when I read about that and I remember they left the Stereo versions to the EMI engineers while they focused on mono
     

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