The Lonely Bull [Deluxe Edition]

The Lonely Bull [Deluxe Edition]

by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
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The Lonely Bull [Deluxe Edition]

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2005
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663277128
catalogNumber: 32771

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Primary Artist
Herb Alpert   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
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
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Josh Kun   Liner Notes

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