Easy Listening, Easy Pop, Instrumental Pop, Exotica

Album Review

For those who dug Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass before Herb went and got all vocal and dreamy, this three-disc set from Madacy just might be for you. There are 38 cuts, assembled from the band's first five years from 1962-1966, at the absolute height of the easy listening craze. Madacy has basically compiled some -- if not all -- of the best tracks from the first six albums. And while the selection can be willy-nilly at times, most of what's here is pure Alpert gold: "A Taste of Honey," "Third Man Theme," "Walk, Don't Run," "Zorba the Greek," "If I Were a Rich Man," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Whipped Cream," and "What Now My Love" are just a few of the hit singles contained on the set. If only Madacy would have gone as far as 1966's The Beat of the Brass, when Alpert laid down his mega-smash "This Guy's in Love with You," it would have been perfect. As it is, it's just terrific and a perfect addition to any easy listening, instrumental pop, or even exotica collection (let's face it, can you think of any other hit artists who were using three marimbas in a band at the time -- or ever for that matter?). For the price, this set cannot be beat.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. A Taste of Honey
  2. Green Peppers
  3. Tangerine
  4. Bittersweet Samba
  5. Lemon Tree
  6. Whipped Cream
  7. Love Potion No. 9
  8. El Garbanzo
  9. Ladyfingers
  10. Butterball
  11. Peanuts
  12. Lollipops and Roses
  13. Tijuana Taxi
  14. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  15. More and More Amor
  16. Spanish Flea
  17. Mae
  18. 3rd Man Theme
  19. Walk, Don't Run
  20. Felicia
  21. And the Angels Sing
  22. Cinco de Mayo
  23. A Walk in the Black Forest
  24. Zorba the Greek
  25. What Now My Love
  26. Freckles
  27. Memories of Madrid
  28. It Was a Very Good Year
  29. So What's New
  30. Plucky
  31. Magic Trumpet
  32. Cantina Blue
  33. Brasilia
  34. If I Were a Rich Man
  35. Five Minutes More
  36. The Shadow of Your Smile
  37. [Untitled]
  38. [Untitled]