The Beat of the Brass [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Meant as the companion album to a Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass television special of the same name and packaged in a fancy double-fold LP jacket, The Beat of the Brass came out amid signs that Alpert's hot streak was finally beginning to run out. Not quite. Viewer requests for a new Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You" -- featuring an Alpert vocal -- were so strong that A&M released it as a single, which shot up to number one and took The Beat of the Brass with it to the top. Herb's vocal is touching in its strained naïveté; he sounds sincere, and that overrides the lush, overbearing Bacharach orchestral arrangement. The rest of the album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Meant as the companion album to a Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass television special of the same name and packaged in a fancy double-fold LP jacket, The Beat of the Brass came out amid signs that Alpert's hot streak was finally beginning to run out. Not quite. Viewer requests for a new Burt Bacharach song, "This Guy's in Love with You" -- featuring an Alpert vocal -- were so strong that A&M released it as a single, which shot up to number one and took The Beat of the Brass with it to the top. Herb's vocal is touching in its strained naïveté; he sounds sincere, and that overrides the lush, overbearing Bacharach orchestral arrangement. The rest of the album generated an often nostalgic quality then and now; the tunes by John Pisano and Sol Lake are exquisite, and Alpert's arrangements of songs like "Thanks for the Memory" seem autumnal in quality, as if an era were about to close. The band still has the ability to groove; the vamp on Julius Wechter's bossa nova "Panama," with Wechter's jazzy vibes and Pisano's strong rhythm guitar, could have been stretched to half an hour. Yet Alpert's trumpet sounds a bit withered at times, and the band vocals and cloying children's chorus on "Talk to the Animals" could be done without.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663372328
  • Catalog Number: 33723
  • Sales rank: 31,472

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Primary Artist
Herb Alpert Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Julius Wechter Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
John Phillips Composer
Kander Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Hal David Composer
Bernie Grundman Remastering
Jacob Jacobs Composer
Sol Lake Composer
Larry Levine Engineer
Jerry Moss Producer, Audio Production
Alexander Olshanetsky Composer
John Pisano Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Fred Ebb Composer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
John Roberts Artwork
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Josh Kun Liner Notes
Tom Mankiewicz Liner Notes
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