A fine trumpet player, hit-making bandleader, and co-founder of A&M records and later Almo Sounds (both with Jerry Moss), Herb Alpert found his greatest success as an artist during the 1960s. With his band the Tijuana Brass, Alpert created a unique easy-listening style (dubbed "Amerachi") that mixed elements of rock, swing, cool jazz, and pop, all with a distinctive Mexican/Mariachi tinge. His records sold millions of copies and were extremely influential to the '90s lounge revival.
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In an era when elaborate wordplay and adventurous production were the order of the day, Herb Alpert made an impact barely uttering a word or breaking a mold, other than expanding the commercial parameters for pop instrumentalists. Dashing trumpeter Alpert and his Tijuana Brass scored five top-20 hits between 1962 (when "The Lonely Bull" climbed to No. 11 in the U.S.) and 1968 (when the vocal-driven "This Guy''s in Love with You" cracked the top 10), racking up five No. 1 albums over the same period. The group''s patented "Ameriachi" sound made up in south-of-the-border sprightliness what it lacked in innovation; the likes of "Spanish Flea" and "Casino Royale" possessed the kind of unshakable hooks that fit perfectly on top-40 radio sandwiched between Nancy Sinatra and the Mamas & the Papas. This 20-track overview serves up 13 selections from the Tijuana Brass''s heyday and is rounded up with seven Alpert solo selections, including comeback hits from 1979 ("Rise") and ''87 ("Diamonds"). --Steven Stolder
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