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Herb Alpert Catalog to Be Remastered, Reissued Worldwide

More than 25 Herb Alpert albums will be re-released worldwide Sept. 9


On Sept. 9, trumpeter Herb Alpert will re-release 24 classic albums on CD from throughout his renowned career, following the successful re-release of Whipped Cream & Other Delights and Christmas Album at the end of 2015. All releases, some of which have been out of print for several years, will be presented with their original artwork.

Each title, including four additional titles to be released on LP, will be remastered from the original analog tape mixes by Grammy-winning mixing engineer Bernie Grundman, the original mastering engineer on multiple Tijuana Brass and Alpert albums. Grundman also mastered and hand-cut the four vinyl re-releases using a specially designed lathe.

Yielding five No. 1 hits, nine Grammy Awards, 14 platinum and 15 gold albums, plus a staggering 72 million albums sold worldwide, Alpert has put out such memorable songs as “The Lonely Bull,” "Rise," “A Taste of Honey” and “This Guy’s in Love With You," either as a solo artist or with Tijuana Brass.

CD reissues include The Lonely Bull, Volume 2, South of the Border, Going Places!,What Now My Love, S.r.o., Sounds Like, Herb Alpert’s Ninth, The Beat of the Brass,Warm, The Brass Are Comin’, Summertime, You Smile, the Song Begins, Coney Island, Main Event Live (with Hugh Masekela), Rise, Beyond, Magic Man, Fandango,Keep Your Eye on Me, North on South St., Midnight Sun, Anything Goes and I Feel You.

LP reissues include South of the Border, What Now My Love, Going Places and Rise.

By Jazz Times

Herbert "Herb" Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, or TJB. Alpert is also a recording industry executive, the "A" of A&M Records, a recording label he and business partner Jerry Moss founded and eventually sold to PolyGram. Alpert also has created abstract expressionist paintings and sculpture over two decades, which are publicly displayed on occasion. Alpert and wife, Lani Hall, are substantial philanthropists through the operation of the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Alpert's musical accomplishments include five No. 1 albums and 28 albums total on the Billboard Album chart, nine Grammy Awards, fourteen platinum albums, and fifteen gold albums. As of 1996, Alpert had sold 72 million albums worldwide. Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist ("This Guy's in Love with You", 1968), and an instrumentalist ("Rise", 1979).

Alpert has a second career as an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor with group and solo exhibitions around the United States and Europe. The sculpture exhibition "Herb Alpert: Black Totems", on display at ACE Gallery, Beverly Hills, February through September 2010, brought media attention to his visual work. His 2013 exhibition in exhibition Santa Monica, California included both abstract paintings and large totemlike sculptures.

Alpert was referenced in the second show of the third season of Get Smart where one of the code signals between Maxwell Smart and his contact was "Herb Alpert takes trumpet lessons from Guy Lombardo." Also, a fifth-season episode parodied the entire group as Max and 99 sought to unmask "Herb Talbot and His Tijuana Tin" as KAOS spies.

The phenomenal popularity of the Tijuana Brass in the 1960s spawned countless imitation groups on cheaply produced drugstore records, such as the Mexicali Brass, Mariachi Brass, Guadalajara Brass, Bullfight Brass, Pert Lapert and his Iguana Brass, etc. and several comic parodies as well, including the Frivolous Five's "Sour Cream and Other Delights", Bob Booker and George Foster's production "Al Tijuana's Jewish Brass", and David Seville and the Chipmunks' "Sorry About That, Herb!"

In the music video for Jeff Beck's 1985 single "Ambitious," directed by Jim Yukich, which depicts an array of real-life celebrities and lookalikes auditioning to perform with Beck, Alpert appears at the very end, rushing to the casting director's table and asking, "Am I too late?"

On September 17, 2010, the TV documentary "Legends: Herb Alpert – Tijuana Brass and Other Delights" premiered on BBC 4.

 

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