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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The colossus that is A&M Records starts right here with the first album by the 1960s instrumental juggernaut known as the Tijuana Brass. True, there was no "Tijuana Brass" per se at this time; just Herb Alpert and a coterie of Los Angeles sessionmen, with Alpert overdubbing himself on trumpet to get that bullring effect. Also, Alpert was just getting the TJB concept underway; the textures are leaner, the productions less polished, and the accent is more consciously on a Mexican mariachi ambience -- the relatively square rhythms, the mandolins, the mournful, wistful siesta feeling -- than the records down the road. The hit title track originally a tune called ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The colossus that is A&M Records starts right here with the first album by the 1960s instrumental juggernaut known as the Tijuana Brass. True, there was no "Tijuana Brass" per se at this time; just Herb Alpert and a coterie of Los Angeles sessionmen, with Alpert overdubbing himself on trumpet to get that bullring effect. Also, Alpert was just getting the TJB concept underway; the textures are leaner, the productions less polished, and the accent is more consciously on a Mexican mariachi ambience -- the relatively square rhythms, the mandolins, the mournful, wistful siesta feeling -- than the records down the road. The hit title track originally a tune called "Twinkle Star"! is a cleverly structured, exciting and haunting piece of record-making -- and its composer, Sol Lake, becomes the charter member of Alpert's team of TJB tunesmiths with several more ethnic-flavored numbers. In accordance with the newly emerging bossa nova movement, Alpert does a nice, straightforward, authentic cover of "Desafinado," even departing a bit from the tune with some spare jazz-inspired licks, and "Crawfish" pleasingly adapts the mariachi horn sound to a bossa beat. [In 2005, Shout! Factory reissued The Lonely Bull as part of their Herb Alpert Signature Series, featuring remastered sound, a deluxe digipack, and new liner notes from Josh Kun.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663277128
  • Catalog Number: 32771
  • Sales rank: 14,835

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Primary Artist
Herb Alpert Indexed Contributor, Trumpet
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Billy Strange Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Manny Curtis Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Ami Hadani Mastering
Ted Jensen Remastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Sol Lake Composer
Jerry Moss Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Charles Underwood Engineer
Ben Weisman Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Harry Green Composer
Newton Mendonça Composer
Billy Towne Composer
Lake Doran Composer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Jon Sheldon Composer
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Josh Kun Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The one that started it all. Fantastic recording.

    This is the first recording, and with the hit title, one can just imagine sunny beaches, bullfights, the whole enchilada, if you'll pardon the expression. Great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOO LONG GONE AND GLAD IT'S BACK!

    In 1962, I was four years old. I wasn't so much into music until after I was 5 or 6. However, after I had heard Herb Alpert & the TJB do "Taste Of Honey", I was completely hooked. Was able to have some 45s bought for me, but my friends had the albums. I may have started with "Whipped Cream and Other Delights", but I did backtrack to Lonely Bull. I remember having only Mono albums, as our equipment was mono...very few stereo records for what was a pretty cheap stereo that my parents had. I had even worse until I was a teenager, so I got Mono records. I did not hear these albums in stereo at all until another friend from Vegas played me some of his TJB previous CD issues. These few came and went so fast, I never was able to obtain them, and have lived off "Definite Hits" since its release. After the first play of LONELY BULL in beautifully remastered stereo, my wait is over and my favorite intrumental group of all time is BACK with a vengence. I do agree to an extent with other reviewers where the mono mix and stereo mix versions could have been incorporated. However, not knowing if the public in this day and age will totally jump at having this fantastic music would generate that kind of issue now. This album and SOUTH OF THE BORDER give us a blast from the past, and adding the brand-new LOST TREASURES CD album by itself gives us a taste of what was left in the vaults. If these releases really kick sales-wise, I would think Shout! Factory may go back and combine the Mono and Stereo versions together in "Special Editions" or a box set. LONELY BULL with SOUTH OF THE BORDER and LOST TREASURES offer a great introduction in this new century to some of the greatest instrumentals recorded in the latter part of the last century. WHIPPED CREAM comes April 19 with bonus tracks, and more to follow. However, I don't see Volume 2 noted anywhere in the information included with the Booklet. Great liner notes and informational history provided, with comments from Herb, as well.

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    Posted November 13, 2009

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