A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection is a modest 60-track anthology of Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' diverse label. Chronologically speaking, it begins with Alpert and his Tijuana Brass' "The Lonely Bull [El Solo Toro]" and concludes with Barry White's "Practice What You Preach," so it could have been released in late 1994, a few years prior to the Polygram-Universal merger that gutted the label. This isn't billed as a definitive compilation. The liner notes refer to it as a "sampling," and it's formatted as such, with each disc of the CD version given a loose theme and some peculiar sequencing, like disc two, aka A Mission to Rock, which features Joe Jackson's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection is a modest 60-track anthology of Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' diverse label. Chronologically speaking, it begins with Alpert and his Tijuana Brass' "The Lonely Bull [El Solo Toro]" and concludes with Barry White's "Practice What You Preach," so it could have been released in late 1994, a few years prior to the Polygram-Universal merger that gutted the label. This isn't billed as a definitive compilation. The liner notes refer to it as a "sampling," and it's formatted as such, with each disc of the CD version given a loose theme and some peculiar sequencing, like disc two, aka A Mission to Rock, which features Joe Jackson's not-very-rocking "Steppin' Out" (1982) between Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" (1972) and the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Hot Burrito #1" (1969). More selections come from the '70s than the '60s and '80s combined, while the '90s get something of a short shrift, with neither the Gin Blossoms nor Blues Traveler represented. There's no obvious label aesthetic that runs through all of the music, but the A&M roster did have a singular assortment of critical and popular favorites, from Captain Beefheart (not included) to Carpenters, and from Milton Nascimento to Styx. Mainstream rap excepted, A&M covered every development and radio format in popular music -- including bossa nova, AM pop, folk-rock, singer/songwriter, soft rock, quiet storm, stadium rock, smooth jazz, new wave, and grunge -- with significant contributors. There is no way a generalist A&M overview could have been assembled without appealing to anyone other than a voracious pop music nerd. This certainly does the trick (and retailed for a price significantly lower than a full-price two-disc set). Maybe a second volume will have room for Beefheart, Melvin Van Peebles, the Tubes, the Blue Nile, Double, Intelligent Hoodlum, Swervedriver, and Vesta.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 600753388723
  • Catalog Number: 001688402
  • Sales rank: 51,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (2:17)
  2. 2 Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (2:39)
  3. 3 You Were On My Mind - We Five (2:36)
  4. 4 The More I See You - Chris Montez (2:41)
  5. 5 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge (4:02)
  6. 6 A House is Not a Home - Burt Bacharach (3:46)
  7. 7 (They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters (3:42)
  8. 8 Wild World - Cat Stevens (3:21)
  9. 9 Don't You Want Me - The Human League (3:57)
  10. 10 Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (3:24)
  11. 11 Whatcha Gonna Do - Pablo Cruise (4:19)
  12. 12 Sun Down - Lani Hall (3:32)
  13. 13 Baby Baby - Amy Grant (3:59)
  14. 14 I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vannelli (3:40)
  15. 15 Luka - Suzanne Vega (3:54)
  16. 16 The Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh (4:17)
  17. 17 Love and Affection - Joan Armatrading (4:30)
  18. 18 Red Red Wine - UB40 (3:04)
  19. 19 Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez (4:49)
  20. 20 Rise - Herb Alpert (3:53)
  21. 21 All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow (4:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Roxanne - The Police (3:12)
  2. 2 The Letter - Joe Cocker (4:35)
  3. 3 All Right Now - Free (4:15)
  4. 4 Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (4:09)
  5. 5 Thirty Days in the Hole - Humble Pie (3:56)
  6. 6 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson (4:22)
  7. 7 Hot Burrito #1 - The Flying Burrito Brothers (3:40)
  8. 8 Conquistador - Procol Harum (4:16)
  9. 9 Come Sail Away - Styx (3:08)
  10. 10 I Got You - Split Enz (3:31)
  11. 11 Tempted - Squeeze (3:58)
  12. 12 Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton (3:35)
  13. 13 Run To You (3:55)
  14. 14 Love Hurts - Nazareth (3:54)
  15. 15 The Logical Song - Supertramp (4:09)
  16. 16 Caught Up In You - .38 Special (4:36)
  17. 17 Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (4:22)
  18. 18 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden (4:33)
  19. 19 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting (4:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 (Everytime I Turn Around) Back in Love Again - L.T.D. (4:46)
  2. 2 Black Pearl - Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, Ltd. (3:28)
  3. 3 Europa - Gato Barbieri (4:15)
  4. 4 I'll Be Good To You - The Brothers Johnson (3:33)
  5. 5 Everybody Plays the Fool - Aaron Neville (4:29)
  6. 6 Will It Go Round In Circles - Billy Preston (3:46)
  7. 7 Bridges (Travessia) - Milton Nascimento (3:51)
  8. 8 Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione (3:31)
  9. 9 Livin' It Up (Friday Night) - Bell & James (3:23)
  10. 10 Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim (2:53)
  11. 11 On the Wings of Love - Jeffrey Osborne (4:03)
  12. 12 Summertime - Paul Desmond (3:53)
  13. 13 Stuff Like That - Nickolas Ashford (3:08)
  14. 14 Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr (4:25)
  15. 15 Crazay - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (4:05)
  16. 16 Amorous Cat - Stan Getz (4:59)
  17. 17 Finally - Ce Ce Peniston (4:09)
  18. 18 Practice What You Preach - Barry White (3:55)
  19. 19 Skokiaan - Hugh Masekela (3:40)
  20. 20 When I Think of You - Janet Jackson (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claus Ogerman Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Carl Smith Composer
Joan Baez Composer
Amy Grant Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Jorge Ben Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Herb Alpert Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joan Armatrading Composer
David Baerwald Composer
Captain & Tennille Producer
Chris de Burgh Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Dave Edmunds Producer
Peter Frampton Composer, Producer
Free Producer
Roger Hodgson Composer
The Human League Producer
Janet Jackson Composer, Producer
Joe Jackson Composer
Jesse Johnson Composer, Producer
Gerald LeVert Composer, Producer
Gram Parsons Composer
The Police Producer
Billy Preston Composer, Producer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Linda Ronstadt Producer
Soundgarden Producer
Cat Stevens Composer
Sting Composer, Producer
Styx Arranger, Producer
Supertramp Producer
UB40 Producer
Suzanne Vega Composer
Barry White Composer, Producer
Tom Coster Composer
George Duke Producer
Stan Getz Composer
Quincy Jones Composer, Producer
Chuck Mangione Composer, Producer
Hugh Masekela Arranger
Gene Lees Composer
Bobby Martin Producer
Frank Sullivan Composer
Ce Ce Peniston Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
Lani Hall Composer
Bell & James Producer
Gary Brooker Composer
Dennis DeYoung Composer
Keith Forsey Composer, Producer
Andy Fraser Composer
Larry Lee Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Jim Peterik Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Orchestration
Sheryl Crow Composer
Philip Oakey Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Steve Addabbo Producer
David Anderle Producer
Andy Armer Composer
Don Barnes Composer, Producer
Eduardo del Barrio Composer
Michael Beinhorn Producer
Leroy Bell Composer
Bill Bottrell Composer, Producer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
John Callis Composer
Jeff Carlisi Composer, Producer
Steve Cash Composer
Manny Charlton Producer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Bob Clearmountain Producer
Denny Cordell Producer
Chris Cornell Composer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Hal David Composer
Rick Davies Composer
Chris Difford Composer
Chris Ethridge Composer
Ray Falconer Producer
Neil Finn Composer
Bruce Fisher Composer
Sylvia Fricker Composer
Steve Gadd Composer
Eric Gale Composer
Kevin Gilbert Composer
Glyn Johns Producer
Mack Gordon Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Len Ron Hanks Composer
Paul Hardiman Producer
Gary Jackson Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Casey James Composer
David Jenkins Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
George Johnson Composer
Louis Johnson Composer
Lenny Kaye Producer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Sol Lake Composer
Cory Lerios Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Irwin Levine Composer
Henry Lewy Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
Wayne Lewis Composer, Producer
Larry Marks Producer
George Massenburg Producer
Rodney Mills Producer
Jerry Moss Producer
Edwin Nicholas Composer
Jeffrey Osborne Composer
Keith Reid Composer
Martin Rushent Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer
Steve Schiff Composer
Peter Schless Composer
Bill Schnee Producer
Caiphus Semenya Arranger, Producer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Richard Tee Composer
David Tickle Producer
Glenn Tilbrook Composer
Jim Vallance Composer
Gino Vannelli Producer
Joe Vannelli Producer
Ross Vannelli Composer, Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Toni Wine Composer
John McClain Producer
Frank Werber Producer
James Harris Composer
R.K. Jackson Composer, Producer
Raynard Miner Composer
Zane Grey Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Philip Wright Composer
Carlos Santana Composer
David Lewis Composer, Producer
Barry Korkin Compilation Supervisor
Tony Nicholas Producer
Mark Omann Mastering
Rudy Clark Composer
Ralph Bailey Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Sonora Sam Composer
Fernando Brant Composer
Wyn Cooper Composer
Traditional Composer
Pete Henderson Producer
Ken Williams Composer
John Kelly Producer
Randy Alpert Composer, Producer
Michele Horie Producer
Ralph McDonald Composer
Pete Smith Producer
E.L. Linnear Composer
Jeff Ayeroff Art Direction
Felipe Delgado Composer, Producer
Keith Thomas Composer, Producer
Russell Kunkel Producer
Du Bose Hayward Composer
Nickolas Ashford Composer
The Burritos Producer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Forrest Lockwood Licensing
Willis Ramsey Composer
The Pie Producer
Bernie Gelb Executive Producer
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