Alpert’s band was featured in several TV specials, each one usually centered on visual interpretations of the songs from their latest album—essentially an early type of music videos later made famous by MTV. He also continues to perform and tour across the country with his wife, Grammy-winning singer, Lani Hall. What’s Herb Alpert doing now? On albums that followed, Herb Alpert would begin a pattern of changing his style with each new album. We started playing weddings and bar mitzvahs. Once Lennon called and praised Pandemonium Shadow Show, which he had listened to in a 36-hour marathon. McCartney called the following day, also expressing his admiration. Alpert enjoyed a successful solo career, but realized even better success as a producer.
He clearly does not expect these to equal his early successes, which earned him 7 Grammy awards, 15 gold and 14 platinum albums, a mention in “The Guinness Book of World Records” for having five simultaneous entries in Billboard’s 1966 Top 20. Almost forty years later it’s a bit surprising that his blend of Dixieland, pop, mariachi, and just about everything else caught on like it did. as a record promoter, to start a record company independent of any other affiliations. Sample the pleasures of his recording of Gato Barbieri’s theme from Last Tango in Paris now, won’t you? Tutto al suo interno suona in verità piuttosto leggero, sia nel sound che è molto meno grasso di altri prodotti giamaicani suoi contemporanei, sia nel piglio: benchè le liriche di Hill si ispirino a Burning Spear non contengono infatti lo stesso fuoco, benchè si trasudi misticismo rastafariano non si incontrano canzoni della stessa intensità spirituale degli Abissynians e nemmeno è possibile scorgere nell’opera la stessa feroce rabbia dei Black Uhuru. Then the album came out and I’d already heard and practically memorized the four tracks that had surfaced on singles, so of the ten tracks, only six were new to me. It was something new, interesting, and original, and I still enjoy listening to it today as much as 35 years ago.
Alpert and the Tijuana Brass was in business. Tinkering around in a home studio built in his garage, Alpert began using a composition by his friend, Sol Lake, called “Twinkle Star” to play around with tape effects. This could be done in a number of ways, through the use of odd instruments (did someone mention the zither and the theme to Zorba the Greek?), language (think of “Sukiyaki”, a hit single sung entirely in Japanese that had nothing to do with the food dish from which the song got its title), or, like Alpert and his band, adding a spicy accompaniment to non-ethnic tunes. I’d learn to speak in antelope and turtle And my Pekinese would be extremely good If I were asked to sing in hippopotamus I’d say “whynotamous?” and I would! Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. I took a while to warm up to that song, but now find it quite haunting. Thank you for supporting our work.
Alpert har hatt fem album på toppen av Billboard-lista i USA av i alt 28 album, vunne ni Grammy-prisar, fjorten platinaalbum, og femten gullplater. Fram til 1996 hadde Alpert seld 72 million album verda over. Alpert er den einaste plateartisten som har nådd toppen av den amerikanske Billboard Hot 100-lista både som vokalist («This Guy’s in Love with You», 1968) og som instrumentalist («Rise», 1979). Thank you for supporting our work. Who else was big in 1966? It sounded good on those big old Motorola console stereos, but in these days where most people seem to do their listening with headphones or earbuds, that kind of stereo gives the brain a problem. If you’ve had a chance to catch these on streaming, hop over to the forum and leave us a message! Thanks to Pea Hix for Optiganally Yours and Derrick Bostrom for The Going Thing. Thank you for supporting our work.
This week, the musician and native Angeleno will hit another artistic high: snagging Malibu’s first permanent public art exhibition. You can write a review by pressing the “review” button above, or switch to release view to read 6 reviews of other issues. Can you help out? Here is the cut featured on his Missa Breve album from 1973.