Christmas Album [LP]

Christmas Album [LP]

by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Overview

Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las Mananitas" seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme -- first with "Jingle Bells," then the cloying "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and ultimately "Jingle Bell Rock." For the first time in a long time, Alpert's sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; "My Favorite Things" nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and "Sleigh Ride" screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record's homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside. [Christmas Album was re-released on LP in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Herb Alpert Presents
UPC: 0814647020105
catalogNumber: 70201
Rank: 222638

Tracks

  1. Winter Wonderland
  2. Jingle Bells
  3. My Favorite Things
  4. The Christmas Song
  5. Las Mañanitas
  6. Sleigh Ride
  7. The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle
  8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  9. Jingle Bell Rock
  10. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

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