Herb alpert the dating game
Original Release Date: 1964 Re-issue Date: 2015 Herb Alpert was still using an array of So Cal studio all-stars as his Tijuana Brass when South of the Border (1964) began to restore the combo’s good name after the modest Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, Vol.
2 (1963) failed to ignite a fire in listener’s ears.
Sol Lake — who provided Alpert “The Lonely Bull” and “Mexican Shuffle” returns, and this time he has custom-made the upbeat and, above all, catchy trio of “Green Peppers,” “Bittersweet Samba,” and “El Garbanzo.” Allen Toussaint‘s title composition “Whipped Cream” garnered significant attention, but not as a chart hit.
Rather, it could be heard as bachelorettes were being introduced on ABC-TV’s The Dating Game.
Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion.
Born in Los Angeles, the future trumpeter came of age in a house filled with music.
[After several poor analog-to-CD transfers in the ’80s and ’90s, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was reissued as part of Shout!
Alpert‘s family of sidemen and composers were busy generating their own catchy hits, like Wechter‘s deadly, infectious “Spanish Flea,” and the tragically short-lived Ervan Coleman‘s wonderfully goofy “Tijuana Taxi.” The bossman’s trumpet could be joyous, mocking, and melancholy in turns, and his choices of tunes totally unpredictable; who else would dare juxtapose “The 3rd Man Theme,” “Walk, Don’t Run,” “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” and “Zorba the Greek” on one record?
No other TJB record has as much unbuttoned fun and humor as this one — and not surprisingly, it spent six weeks at number one in 1966.
For instance, the mod sonic wrinkle in “Girl from Ipanema” emits a darkness veiled in mystery, directly contrasting the light buoyancy of “Hello!
Dolly” or the footloose feel of the Beatles‘ “All My Loving.” They seamlessly fit in with Sol Lake‘s “Salud, Amor y Dinero” and a cover of Julius Wechter‘s playful, midtempo “Up Cherry Street” — which Wechter‘s own Baja Marimba Band had just recorded for their 1964 self-titled debut.