- Year 1967 was the 1960s popularity apex for Herb Alpert and the TjB. Unfortunately, much of the TjB music recorded in 1967 lacked the carefree fun and overall exuberance that characterized the 1965-66 period. The aural causal factors of the overall diminishing excitement appear associated with utilizing more formulaic arrangements, and, most importantly, Herb’s lead trumpet technique exhibiting sonic compromise (particularly on Ninth). Although this would have long-term sales impact (both 1967 LPs were apparently out of print by 1973), in the short term with millions of fans hungry for TjB music, Herb could rest on his 1965-66 laurels with the 1967 releases. To that end, both LPs, ...Sounds Like... and Herb Alpert’s Ninth, charted #1 and #4, respectively, while all TjB singles were Top-40 hits: Wade In The Water (#37), Casino Royale (#24), The Happening (#32), A Banda (#35).
- Year 1967 saw the BMB finalized its touring band, which for all intents and purposes were the same musicians playing on the balance of their 1960s LPs. Beginning with Head’s Up! Herb no longer co-arranged along side Julius, yet he continued to produce their LPs. Both year 1967 BMB LPs exhibit a strong musical continuity and do well to show a group in growth mode.
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- ...Sounds Like... (SP 4124) — Heads Up! (SP 4123)
- Herb Alpert’s Ninth (SP 4134) — Fowl Play (SP 4136)