Herb Alpert, Tiajuana Brass, A Taste of Honey, circa 1966. Simple arrangements, professionally performed before multitracking was standard, therefore it sounds like a real band because it is a real band all playing at the same time. Nowadays they lay down the drum track on Wednesday, the trumpet comes in on Thursday, the trombone on Friday, mix for six weeks, and it sounds like crap. Sometimes I miss the good old days when musicians had to play well or forget it. Herb Alpert was never my cup of tea, but I always admired the professionalism. The style dominated morning "wake-up" radio shows for a decade. <br><br>Remember Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking?" I wasn't so hot on that one, either, but it had this cool intro with a Bass Saxophone--a rarity in recorded music. Not a baritone, but a bass sax. Those are few and far between. I think it was Nancy's version that had the Bass sax. Or it might have been another Herb Alpert arrangement. That's well over 30 years ago, and I haven't heard it since. I just remember it from the time. If you didn't have good speakers, you'd never know it was a bass sax, because it was too low for small speakers even to reproduce it. <br><br>Shooshie<br><br>Shooshie's Stuff
I remember that album. Just made you want to eat that whipped cream... lick it off! I guess that was the point. Something about those times--the album covers, the James Bond ladies, the girl-next-door all-natural Playmates... women were very sexy then, and it seemed more real. It made all women seem sexy. Made me a fan for life. But it's changed now. (I'm still a fan of the girl-next-door image, but not the sculpted, enhanced, tv singer/starlet model) I'm not even going to go there, because I sense a large book's worth of commentary coming up out of that intro!<br><br><br>Shooshie<br><br>Shooshie's Stuff
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