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Discussion in 'The Beat of The Brass: Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass' started by abstract_fan, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    I keep adding items I never had previously and finding that there is very little that I don't like - maybe an odd cut here and there. My favorites (currently :wink:) are Midnight Sun (that midnight lounge sound just grabs me) and Fandango. I like the fact that the sound keeps changing up.
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  2. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of variety in these here Recordings and Even more to Enjoy as you get deeper into it.
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  3. David S

    David S Active Member

    I saw the Bullish tour in Atlantic City, NJ. They were a replacement for The Pointer Sisters. Ate in casino hotel restaurant later and at a table were a number of folks, including Mrs Alpert.

    They played Bullish, Make A Wish, and Struttin' on Five. I would not see him live again until the mid 1990s during the tour with Jeff Lorber for Second Wind at The Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. After that, Blues Alley in DC for the Anything Goes tour. I had a seat at the bar in the back. Lucky me, they walked right by me to enter and head to the stage. Said hello to them. Nokia Theatre in NYC. Finally, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Still don't know how but I got a table right smack in front of a certain trumpeter. It was like he was talking to me. I wish I had gotten a picture of the vantage point.

    I do look forward to a remaster of Bullish.
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  4. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    You were "VERY LUCKY INDEED" and i agree im looking forward to a Bullish Remaster myself to me it is still a very memorable album.
  5. Here is abstract_fan's picture:
    Bullish Tour abstract fan.jpg
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  6. abstract_fan

    abstract_fan Active Member Thread Starter

    Looks like I was real close, but I was about 50 rows back. I used 1000 speed film (film?!), and a telephoto lens. Why 50 rows back?, what kind of fan am I? ... Well, there was no Internet back then to tip you off for appearances. I don't remember how I found out, but it was late. Taken at Jones Beach in New York.
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  7. Ok, I don't have the cassette. But I do have the vinyl copies of both BULLISH and BRAVIO, original A&M CD, and the promo poster. If I remember correctly, the cassette was one of the first clear plastic-cased BASF Chrome tapes.
  8. I can really appreciate your favorites. They're all good. Although I probably couldn't narrow it down as much as you did.

    Rise: 1980, Rise, Rotation, Aranjuez
    Beyond: Kamali, The Continental, Reach For The Stars, Beyond
    Magic Man: Magic Man, Manhattan Melody, You Smile-The Song Begins
    Fandango: Fandango, Margarita, Push And Pull, Route 101, Coco Loco, Angel, Sugarloaf
    Blow Your Own Horn: Sueño Precolombino (from non-U.S. version), Paradise Cove, Latin Lady, Oriental Eyes
    Bullish: Love Without Words, Passion Play
    Wild Romance: "8" Ball, Wild Romance, It's All For You, No Time For Time
    Keep Your Eye On Me: Pillow, Our Song, Rocket To The Moon
    Under A Spanish Moon: Rumba Flamenca, Pachanga, I Need You, Lady In My Life
    My Abstract Heart: Legs, Fun House
    North On South St.: Jump Street, It's The Last Dance, Where's Tommy?
    Midnight Sun: Friends
    Second Wind: Second Wind, Can't Stop Thinking About You
    Passion Dance: Beba, Passion Dance, Creepin', Baila Conmigo
    Colors: Think About It, Lady In My Life, Magic Man '99, Love At First Glance
    Steppin' Out: Jacky's Place, Good Morning Mr. Sunshine, Cote d'Azur
    In The Mood: Zoo Train, Begin The Beguine, 5 am, Amy's Tune
    Come Fly With Me: Come Fly With Me, Blue Skies
    Human Nature: Human Nature, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Mystery Man
  9. The word eclectic comes to mind.
  10. Agreed. FANDANGO was, in my humble opinion, the pinnacle of all Herb Alpert recordings past, present and future. PASSION DANCE in 97 was a close second in his solo years, each of them sounding a lot more latin on any day of the week as opposed to BULLISH. But I remember being a teenage kid in the 80s, and probably the only teenage kid at the time who was a major fan of Herb Alpert in any capacity. So when BULLISH came out, I was naturally thrilled. However, as soon as I put it on the turntable, within seconds I realized that this was not the Tijuana Brass of old... It was essentially TJBINO (Tijuana Brass In Name Only) - a glorified solo album. Don't get me wrong. I was into it just as much as the others. But looking back on it now, I honestly have to admit that it doesn't really seem to fit the billing of "Tijuana Brass". And that funky John Barnes synthesizer is definitely dated sounding now. My mother, of course, would ask "Where's the Tijuana?" But all of that being said, it's still a decent jazzy dance/R&B-flavored album.
    I loved the cover art too. Still do today. As a matter of fact, it's in a frame on the wall of my spare bedroom.
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  11. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    I have to admit that while I could pick favorites from an album, lately I am more inclined to choose an album based on a current mood, and play it through all the way. One way I "force" myself to choose is to create a playlist (or in the old days, an 80 minute CD-R) that contains favorites.

    With many of Herb's recordings, I will sometimes choose a record based on other artists I am listening to that have a similar style. I might do Passion Dance amidst playing salsa. Rise would hit the turntable among other funk and R&B records from that era. That is largely do to his shifting styles over the years--I tend to match the style of his particular album to the style of what I'm playing at the moment.

    With some artists, like Bill Evans, Led Zep, Earth Wind & Fire, etc., I can play them for a few hours at a stretch.
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  12. Back when I worked overnight shift, I could play Herb for about six or seven hours at a stretch. But at some point I had to take the headphones off when the morning people started coming in. :cry:
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  13. That sounds sort of similar to my story. I used to work at a job that gave me the kind of challenge I enjoyed. But then in 2011, I got switched to a different position. I mean... I was grateful (because it was the only way the company could keep me employed) but it wasn't exactly what I wanted to do. But soon I realized that my new position had a huge benefit. Since I was left alone much of the time, I could listen to music while I worked.

    But after three years, I was growing sick of my playlist. I wanted mostly instrumental music (because I have a hard time reading while listening to music with words, even if the words are in a foreign language I don't understand) and my limited selection seemed to leave me stuck in a rut.

    Then in 2014, someone casually mentioned in a conversation that he used to travel far and wide to search for old music records from his childhood. He felt it was such a wasted effort, now that these things are easily available thanks to the internet. I think that hearing his story gave me the whim to listen to some Herb Alpert records I remembered from my childhood. And I got rehooked! I bought a ton of MP3 files and such - more than a dozen albums' worth - and listened to them all day every day at work. I must have listened to them well over a hundred times each, and I mean that as a genuine estimate, not an exaggeration. I eventually started to tire of listening just to HA all day every day, but those records also gave me ideas of other kinds of music for which to search.

    In short, HA revitalized my interest in music, thanks to my working conditions.

    (Admittedly, most of the HA material to which I referred above was TJB records, so this story is getting off topic.)
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2016
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  14. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Herb's Music was my gateway into Instrumental music in general. It started with the TJB And his solo albums from there came the BMB and then i got deeper into Jazz especially during the mid 80s. And Im Glad Herb has kept up with the times. And He is still Going strong today.
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