A friend of mine reminded me of this album the other day, and it brought me back to when I was twelve and in sixth grade. Another friend, Mike O’Connor (of blessed memory), lent this to me, because I had mentioned that I liked Herb Alpert’s music. I took it home and just about played the grooves off of it. Did it change my life? In a lot of ways, yes it did. Up to then it was pretty much all British Invasion rock, but hearing this whole album showed me there was all kinds of music out there that I could enjoy. Today, being a freebie day, I thought I’d just share the whole album.
Herb (trumpet) and a couple of eventual TJB members, John Pisano (guitar) and Bob Edmondson (trombone), recorded this album with members of the famous Wrecking Crew: Hal Blaine (drums), Carol Kaye (bass and guitar), Chuck Berghofer (double bass), and Russell Bridges (who later changed his name to Leon Russell, piano). The lovely lady dressed in chiffon and shaving cream was model Dolores Erickson, who was three months pregnant at the time.
The songs, in order:
- “A Taste of Honey” (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) – 2:43
- “Green Peppers” (Sol Lake) – 1:31
- “Tangerine” (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 2:46
- “Bittersweet Samba” (Sol Lake) – 1:46
- “Lemon Tree” (Will Holt) – 2:23
- “Whipped Cream” (Naomi Neville) – 2:33
- “Love Potion No. 9” (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – 3:02
- “El Garbanzo” (Sol Lake) – 2:13
- “Ladyfingers” (Toots Thielemans) – 2:43
- “Butterball” (Mike Henderson) – 2:12
- “Peanuts” (Luis Guerrero) – 2:09
- “Lollipops and Roses” (Tony Velona) – 2:27
Enjoy! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 18, 2020.