Alpert, Herb - The Lonely Bull

Year of Release: 2005
Label: Shout Factory
Catalog Number: DK 32771
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

[Keith reviewed 3 titles in a single review; they are listed separately in the database -ed]

I bet you did not know that Herb Alpert was the fourth best selling artist of the 60s right behind the Beatles, Elvis and Frank Sinatra? Do not feel alone I had no clue either. I clearly remember being an 8-year-old boy enamored with the cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Do you remember the cover with the shapely woman in a whipped cream dress? Enough said. I cannot seem to remember the music entirely well ? but that cover!

South Of The Border (1964) and The Lonely Bull (1962) were groundbreaking, landmark albums for Alpert and his ensemble. They single handedly invented the Tijuana sound; not intentionally, it just happened. Alpert had no interest in the music or country of Mexico; he was simply looking for a snappy and colorful atmosphere for his jazz inflected tunes, something unique. He had immense success with that formula and now these superb albums enjoy a sparkling new sound, tasteful CD cases, and informative booklets that explain the evolution of the band and music.

Lost Treasures is exactly what the title says - 20 tracks of previously unreleased and rare Alpert treasures that where buried in the vaults for far too long. A majority of the songs are covers, similar to what The Ventures have done in their amazing career. Alpert did not make a career of doing covers, although this collection surely indicates he could have.

I must have listened to all three albums consecutively three or four times before deciding to try something different. I was absolutely mesmerized by this music. Surely, Alpert has inspired many budding trumpet players and still does to this day. His legacy certainly gets its due with these beautifully repackaged releases. The best part about all of this is that there is more to come. Believe me, I will be the first in line waving my hand for copies.

The Lonely Bull was originally released in 1962 by A & M

The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro) / El Lobo (The Wolf) / Tijuana Sauerkraut / Desafinado / Mexico / Never On Sunday / Struttin' With Maria / Let It Be Me / Acapulco 1922 / Limbo Rock / Crawfish / A Quiet Tear (Lagrima Quieta)

Herb Alpert - trumpet...

The Lonely Bull (1962/2005)
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Vol. 2 (1963)
Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert, Vol. 2 (1963)
South of the Border (1964/2005)
Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965)
Going Places (1965)
What Now My Love (1966)
S.R.O. (1966)
Tijuana Brass (1966)
Sounds Like (1967)
Herb Alpert's Ninth (1967)
Beat of the Brass (1968)
Christmas Album (1968)
Warm (1969)
The Brass Are Comin' (1969)
Summertime (1971)
Solid Brass (1972)
You Smile, the Song Begins (1974)
Coney Island (1975)
Just You and Me (1976)
Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela (1978)
Rise (1979)
Beyond (1980)
Magic Man (1981)
Fandango (1982)
Blow Your Own Horn (1983)
Noche de Amor (1983)
Bullish (1984)
Wild Romance (1985)
Keep Your Eye on Me (1987)
Under a Spanish Moon (1988)
My Abstract Heart (1989)
North on South St. (1991)
Midnight Sun (1992)
Second Wind (1996)
Passion Dance (1997)
Colors (1999)
Lost Treasures (2005)

Genre: Jazz-Trad. Jazz

Origin US

Added: February 19th 2005
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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