The Very Best of Herb Alpert

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This late-'90s compilation of Herb Alpert provides a straightforward anthology of highlights from his three-plus-decade career, both with and without his ubiquitous Tijuana Brass. While the title sums up the contents, The Very Best of Herb Alpert 1999 does suffer from the odd omission and questionable entry -- which is all the more noticeable as the whole thing clocks in at under three-quarters of an hour. Alpert is as close to a true renaissance man as was possible in the latter half of the 20th century. In addition to racking up nearly two-dozen Top 40 hits, Alpert co-founded A&M Records alongside Jerry Moss, and became the label's chief producer, talent scout, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This late-'90s compilation of Herb Alpert provides a straightforward anthology of highlights from his three-plus-decade career, both with and without his ubiquitous Tijuana Brass. While the title sums up the contents, The Very Best of Herb Alpert 1999 does suffer from the odd omission and questionable entry -- which is all the more noticeable as the whole thing clocks in at under three-quarters of an hour. Alpert is as close to a true renaissance man as was possible in the latter half of the 20th century. In addition to racking up nearly two-dozen Top 40 hits, Alpert co-founded A&M Records alongside Jerry Moss, and became the label's chief producer, talent scout, arranger, and bandleader. Somewhere along the line he recorded over 30 albums and occasionally even toured. All of Alpert's early signature sides can be found here "The Lonely Bull El Solo Toro," "A Taste of Honey," "Zorba the Greek," "Tijuana Taxi," "What Now My Love," and "Spanish Flea" represent the 1962 -- mid-1966 era well. However, keen-eyed enthusiasts will note the conspicuous absence of the successful and popular singles "The Work Song," "Flamingo," and "Mame," all interestingly enough from the Top Ten S.R.O. 1966 long-player. The coverage begins to get even spottier, although who can argue with the selections that were deemed suitable for inclusion? "Casino Royale," and "This Guy's in Love with You" are anticipated. However, the representation of the criminally underrated and long out of print LPs Warm 1969 with a tasteful interpretation of Harry Nilsson's "Without Her," and all the more surprising, the hauntingly beautiful "Jerusalem" off of Summertime 1971. For Alpert followers, these tracks alone might serve the cost of admission. While "Rise," "Rotation," and "Diamonds" were all returns to former glories for Alpert and their place is rightfully deserved, the same can't be said for the Jimmy Jam collaborations "Keep Your Eye on Me" or the lightweight "Jump Street." Perhaps because The Very Best of Herb Alpert was initially introduced into the European market, the choice of material might seem debatable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1991
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 082839716529
  • Catalog Number: 3971652
  • Sales rank: 8,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro) (2:18)
  2. 2 A Taste of Honey (2:45)
  3. 3 Tijuana Taxi (2:08)
  4. 4 Spanish Flea (2:08)
  5. 5 Zorba the Greek (4:25)
  6. 6 What Now My Love (2:17)
  7. 7 Casino Royale (2:38)
  8. 8 This Guy's in Love With You (3:59)
  9. 9 Without Her (3:23)
  10. 10 Jerusalem (2:34)
  11. 11 Rise (3:51)
  12. 12 Rotation (3:56)
  13. 13 Keep Your Eye on Me (3:07)
  14. 14 Diamonds (3:53)
  15. 15 Jump Street (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert Primary Artist, Vocals
Yvonne DeLa Vega Vocals, Rap
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Composer, Producer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Hal David Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Terry Lewis Producer
Jerry Moss Producer
Bobby Scott Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Greg "Frosty" Smith Producer
Bob Garcia Liner Notes
Randy Badazz Producer
Gregory Smith Composer
Ric Marlow Composer
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