The opening track from The Beat of the Brass, "Monday, Monday," came up on my music shuffle last night. This song doesn't get much respect among TJB critics but it's one of my favorites. I especially like listening to Bob Edmondson's work on it. Starting at about 1:25, the song is basically a duet between Herb and at least two or three iterations of Bob in the background just going crazy on the trombone. To me the trombone is really what makes this song work and I often think Bob Edmondson doesn't get enough credit for his contributions to the Brass sound. I don't know if it was a great decision to make "Monday" the opening song for the album, but I don't know what other tune on that album would have worked as an opener.
Now it's your turn.... think of a song that many people don't count among their favorites and tell us why you think it's awesome.
I did notice that! It sounds very clean in mono. I was impressed with the mono version of 'This Guy's In Love With You', as well. It's a bit boomier sounding to me. I still can't believe I found this thing.There are a couple of songs on the mono version that are a bit longer than their stereo counterparts -- I think "Monday Monday" and "Panama" both have a slightly longer fade, if memory serves.
Add "Shame The Devil" from Main Event Live. Same notation.Here are a few gems that may be less than fully appreciated:
"Bud" Herb Alpert's Ninth. This is one of my favorite TJB tunes. This has beautiful guitar parts, cool trombone work, mellow trumpet, but with a nice beat.
"Marjorine" Warm. This song really swings.
"Whistlestar" Lost Treasures. This is a very hot piece, with some amazing key changes.
"Grandpa Lou" Just You and Me. Very nice sound.
"She Been" Main Event Live. Love the energy here.
"Catfish" Coney Island. So cool. And just a general comment about Coney Island, it has some fantastic marimba work from Julius, and virtuoso piano from Dave Fishberg
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" The Christmas Wish. So interesting to hear Herb playing in a classical style. Very nicely done!
I have always liked both Carmen and Zorba. My favorite album by Alpert is Warm but Ninth is a very close second.Yeah I've been wavering between that and the end of "Zorba the Greek."