Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#337 in the Series) is Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream & Other Delights

OK, A question for all the baby-boomer guys in the room. Do I even need to do a write-up for this album? I don’t think the music really mattered to us when we were curious young men!

Back in 1965, Herb Alpert was the king of cool. This music was everywhere. It was in all the cool places as well. The popularity of this trumpet and brass driven jazz fit in well with the likes of the James Bond hits of the day.  Think Casino Royale!

As I’m guessing most of you know that the great band-leader, trumpeter Herb Alpert is the “A’ in A+M Records. Co-producing here long with Herb was  Jerry Moss. Moss is the “M.”

This album was a really big deal in the 60s. I actually could have written this up as a Wednesday Whale. It in fact was number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in 1965. “A Taste of Honey” peaked at #7 on the singles chart.

Whipped Cream & Other Delights also did well at the Grammy Awards. “A Taste of Honey” came home with five that year. The single won for Record Of The Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical, Best Instrumental Composition (other than Jazz). I guess it’s safe to say that the label was really behind the effort!

Please be sure to watch and listen to the playlist below. I usually try to find everything from an album. I did it differently this time. I did kick it off with the #1 hit, “A Taste of Honey.” I followed that up with a couple more of Herb’s hits from different releases. They being, The Lonely Bull and the previously mentioned theme from “Casino Royale.’ Lastly I found a nice medley with Herb playing a nice selection.

I saw Herb Alpert and his lovely wife Lani Hall on the Craig Ferguson show about a year or so ago. I must say I was quite surprised! They sounded great.

What’s Jerry Moss up to these day’s you ask. Well he’s doing quite well, thank you in the horse racing industry. You may have heard of one of his mares that had a heck of a year in 2010. She was named after something that also had a connection to A + M Records. Her name was Zenyatta.  She was horse of the year. I wonder what Gordon, Stewart  and Andy thought about that?

A couple things about one of the best know album covers of all time. The model was Dolores Ericson. She was not covered in whipped cream for this picture. She was actually covered in shaving cream and she was also three months pregnant at the time.

Track listing

Side 1

  1. “A Taste of Honey” (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) – 2:43
  2. “Green Peppers” (Sol Lake) – 1:31
  3. “Tangerine” (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 2:46
  4. “Bittersweet Samba” (Sol Lake) – 1:46
  5. “Lemon Tree” (Will Holt) – 2:23
  6. “Whipped Cream” (Naomi Neville) – 2:33

Side 2

  1. “Love Potion No. 9” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:02
  2. “El Garbanzo” (Sol Lake) – 2:13
  3. “Ladyfingers” (Toots Thielemans) – 2:43
  4. “Butterball” (Mike Henderson) – 2:12
  5. “Peanuts” (Luis Guerrero) – 2:09
  6. “Lollipops and Roses” (Tony Velona) – 2:27

Credits

  • Herb Alpert – arranger, horn, producer, trumpet
  • Dolores Ericson – cover model
  • Jerry Moss – producer
  • Tonni Kalash -trumpet
  • Robert Edmondson -trombone
  • Pat Senatore -bass
  • John Pisano- guitars
  • Lou Pagani – piano
  • Nick Ceroli -drums

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Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. coachmaddog (07 Apr 2011, 21:19)
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    My dad always listened to this. It was one of the 1st things I ever listened to. RIP, Jim McCabe



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