How self-serving can one musical genius be to have a label he co-founded release a collection of his best-loved songs? But this is not just any self-serving genius. This is the guy who brought the world Dolores Ericson covered in shaving foam. This is the self-serving genius who scored the best James Bond film that wasn't really a James Bond film ever. This is the self-serving genius who set the music to elevators and waiting rooms around the world. This is Herb Alpert. From the opening charge of "The Lonely Bull" (complete with homesickness-inducing crowd noise) to the closing washes of "Making Love in the Rain," this album chronicles one of the most prolific and constantly contemporary careers in the music industry. Taking his Tijuana Brass in their jalopied "Tijuana Taxi," Alpert blows from the "Heat Wave"-inspiring "Mexican Shuffle" to the bouzouki blitz of "Zorba the Greek." Perhaps his most famous film-related song, however, is the Burt Bacharach classic "Casino Royale," a song that could inspire even Woody Allen to take on the world's most dastardly criminals. Bacharach also gave Alpert one of his most famous ballads, and one of Alpert's peachiest vocal offerings, with "This Guy's in Love With You." Alpert has a groovy thing going with Nat Adderley's "Work Song" as well. On this collection, Alpert swings from the authentic Latin punch of "Fandango" to the smooth American drive of "Route 101," and from the funky crescendo of "Rise" to the hip pop hops of "Diamonds" and "Keep Your Eye On Me." Along the way, Alpert offers delicious delights like the minor-keyed rag "Whipped Cream," the sweet blooms of "Lollipops and Roses," and a bee-utiful spin through "A Taste of Honey." How sweet it is to have all his hits together at last.
Performance CreditsHerb Alpert Primary Artist,Trumpet
Janet Jackson Track Performer
Lisa Keith Vocals
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Track Performer
Technical CreditsPeggy Lee Composer
Herb Alpert Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Nat Adderley Composer
Quincy Jones Liner Notes
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Burt Bacharach Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Oscar Brown Composer
John Kander Composer
Don Hahn Engineer,Remixing
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Lisa Keith Vocal Arrangements
Larry Levine Producer,Engineer
Terry Lewis Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Moss Producer
John Pisano Composer
Jose L. Quintana Producer
Bobby Scott Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Mark Smith Engineer
Bryan Stott Remixing
Charles Underwood Engineer
Howard Lee Wolen Engineer
Juan Carlos Calderón Arranger,Composer
John McClain Executive Producer
Randy Badazz Producer
James Harris Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Mike Ragogna Producer
Nat Adderley Composer
Barry Korkin Tape Research
Ric Marlow Composer
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Definitive Hits based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
I was 15 when "What now my Love" hit the top 40 airways..I had a small AM radio in my bedroom and I used to put my ear to the speaker and turn the volume up full blast to get the full effects of the song and of Herbs trumpet..I was hooked! I tried to get my dad to buy me a trumpet so I could learn to play like Herb Alpert, but my dad being a wise man that he was said "Maybe"..(maybe always meant in my dads lingo...No way! Since he knew I didn't have an ounce of musical talent). But as the years went on and my LP collection of Herb and the Brass grew, I found that the music and the style stayed almost as fresh as the first time I heard it. In fact, after 35 years I still have those original LP's and I still listen to them once in a while, but time and wear haven't been so kind so I needed a replacement. "Definitive Hits" was the answer. It pretty much covers all the great songs that Herb and the band are known for. Listening to Route 101 almost makes me want to go out and buy a trumpet, but my Dad always seemed to be right....so I guess I'll just throw on the CD, sit back, close my eyes and enjoy. So if you ever put your ear to the radio or wanted a trumpet like I did, I'm sure you will enjoy it too.
I am a writer; working at my computer, I require something musical in the background in order to write as creatively and insightfully as possible. This album has been played extensively throughout the writing of my lastest story. Thank you Herb Alpert!
As a kid, I used to sneak and listen to my Mom and Dad's Herb Alpert and the TJB albums. But, those were in the days of LPs. Now I'm 42 and I found myself missing those brassy, catchy Latino sounds. I was very glad to find a CD that contained Herb's hits. This is a wonderful album, capturing the nostalgia of my childhood, combined with some upbeat cuts of today. Every song is great, but my favorite is Whipped Cream (Dating Game song?). Enjoy!
There were no disappointments on this fine CD with the exception that there was little enough time to represent more of the talents of this fine musician. Having a rather large collection of his LPs, I have had little luck in finding much of his works on CD until this release, and more recently the A&M Gold Series released in August 04, which makes me think that maybe "Definitive Hits" should have been a two or even a three CD set to begin with. (Are you listening, A&M ?) Nontheless, "Definitive Hits" is a wonderful CD, whether you are a new fan or old. Believe it or not, some of the kids are digging this stuff - just don't tell them that it is good music. I am signing off now; I'm going to listen to some more Herb Alpert.