Saturday, January 24, 2009

Herb Alpert And Tijuana Brass- Whipped Cream And Other Delights

Whipped Cream sold over 6 million copies in the United States and the album cover alone is considered a classic pop culture icon. It featured model Dolores Erickson wearing chiffon and shaving cream. The picture was taken at a time when Erickson was three months pregnant. The cover was so popular with Alpert fans that, during concerts, when about to play the song "Whipped Cream", Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you!" The art was parodied by several groups including once A&M band Soul Asylum, who made fun of the liner notes along with the back cover on their album Clam Dip & Other Delights, comedian Pat Cooper on his album Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights, the Frivolous Five on a Herb Alpert tribute album, "Sour Cream and Other Delights" and by Peter Nero on his album, Peter Nero Plays a Salute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Singles taken from the album included "A Taste of Honey," "Whipped Cream" and "Lollipops and Roses". The latter two of these were eventually featured on the ABC-TV series The Dating Game: "Whipped Cream" as the intro to the bachelorette, and "Lollipops and Roses" as the theme used when the bachelor(ette) learned about the person chosen for the date. ("Spanish Flea", a song taken from the TJB's next album Going Places, was used as the theme for the bachelor.)
Up until this album, Alpert had utilized Los Angeles area studio musicians to back him on his records. On this album eventual members of the Tijuana Brass (John Pisano, guitar and Bob Edmondson, trombone) were featured as well as studio vets Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Russell Bridges (better known as Leon Russell) and Chuck Berghofer. With the success of "Whipped Cream" came huge demands for concert appearances. It was at this time that Alpert formed the public version of the Tijuana Brass which included: Pisano, Edmondson, Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano) as well as Julius Wechter on marimba and vibes (studio only).
A remix of the album was released in 2006 on the Shout Factory label with a similarly "clothed" model on the cover.
The pop standard "Tangerine" appeared around the time that another version of that song was used as the theme for a then-popular dietary supplement called SEGO.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

A Taste Of Honey- Twice As Sweet

Their third album, which sadly finds the group no longer working with the Mizells, though George Duke steps in and does a pretty decent job behind the production desk. The girls always had a fairly commercial sound, but with some nice jazzy touches, that are less in effect here, as they transition to the more synthesized tones that would become popular throughout the 80s. Includes "Sukiyaki", "Ain't Nothin' But A Party", "Rescue Me", "I'm Talkin' 'Bout You", "She's A Dancer" and "Don't Lead Me On". (Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole, some creasing, and initials in marker on the front & on the labels.) © 1996-2009, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Donald Byrd - Love Byrd

Funky electric groove from Donald Byrd -- a post Mizell effort that's still burning in a crisp groove similar to his classic 70s Blue Note work -- one that's absolutely dripping with keys! Isaac Hayes(R.I.P.) produced this one, and also played a lot of those keyboards on the session with Byrd's 125 St Band -- grooving on acoustic piano and Rhodes, plus vibes and synth. Ronnie Garnett's bass is tight and funky throughout, with William Duckett on guitar, Albert Crawford, Jr on piano, keys & clavinet, Myra Walker on acoustic piano, and some groovy female chorus vocals that's to Isaac's Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited! Tracks include the great mellow "I Love Your Love", plus "I Feel Like Loving You Today", "Butterfly", "Love Has Come Around", and "I'll Always Love You".
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Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis- Thats What Friends Are For

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams made a fine team on this collection of sentimental love songs and light pop ballads. They had had previous success on the title track, which had been included on her first release, so they opted for a full session. They had a moderate hit with a cover of "You're All I Need To Get By," and they also reworked Stevie Wonder's "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Going To Do)." It peaked at number 19 on the pop chart and actually proved Williams' most consistent album from a sales standpoint.
- Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
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Henry Mancini- Mr.Lucky

Mancini prided himself on his versatility and range. It is in full evidence here - and used as the soundtrack for a very forgettable TV series starring Ross Martin and John Vivyan (put those names in on Google and see what you get...). Still, you gotta say that this was an amazing talent we had in Henry Mancini, and he is very much missed.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Micheal Franks- Objects Of Desire

First off, it has to be said that you either love, hate, admire or maybe ponder over Michael Franks' voice. What is less debatable is the quality of the music and the rich lyrics to be found on pretty much all his work. Objects of Desire like other Franks albums utilises 'A' list session bands and some varied flavours. There are some great syncopated grooves with mega-tight drumming by Andy Newmark Harvey Mason and others playing off sensitive bass playing from Francisco Centeno, Mark Egan and others. The guitar work from Niki Moroch and Larry Carlron (No Deposit Love has Carlton at his Steely Dan best) is particularly tasteful. If you like Dragonfly Summer/Blue Pacific this one is for you. If you haven't heard Franks before, give it a chance and try not to immediately dismiss his soft voice and let the whole thing blend into your senses.
I've seen other reviewers compare this album to disco music (referring to it's timing being the end of the disco period). I'm not sure what they have blocking their ears. Yes it is syncopated, yes it has slap bass, yes it has a lot of backbeat, but it it not monotonous and the fills and layering are complex and varied. You have to listen below the polished veneer, believe me it is all there.

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Im Back

ok Im Back From My Hiatus
i just Been so Lazy
with this blog
so im posting more albums real real soon