Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert & Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofounded A&M Records, signing a diverse roster of artists ranging from The Carpenters to Janet Jackson. Herb Alpert joins Jim and Greg for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from legendary band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

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Herb Alpert

Whipped Cream & Other Delights Jim and Greg are delighted to be joined this week by legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass scored a string of instrumental hits in the '60s, from "The Lonely Bull" to "Casino Royale" to "A Taste of Honey." His 1965 album Whipped Cream & Other Delights became a staple of record collections all over, which was helped by its iconic, risqué cover. He even scored a surprise #1 hit as a vocalist with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition "This Guy's In Love With You." But Alpert's remarkable career goes well beyond his own recordings. Along with his partner Jerry Moss, he cofounded the venerable label A&M Records, signing a diverse roster including the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, The Police, and Janet Jackson. Through his philanthropic foundation, he's donated millions toward music education. And if that's not enough, he's also an exhibiting sculptor. At age 81, he's still going strong, with a brand new album called Human Nature. Herb Alpert discusses the genesis of his signature double-trumpet sound, being mentored by Sam Cooke, and his ethical approach to owning a label.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree

Australian rock band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are back with a new record called Skeleton Tree. The album is particularly dark, even by Cave's standards, and deals with the aftermath of the death of Cave's teenage son. Jim thinks it's a hard listen, even for fans. He wishes that the album had a moment of redemption at the end, but recognizes that perhaps Cave has not yet found it. For those reasons, he gives Skeleton Tree a Try It. Greg agrees that the record is harrowing, meditating on questions of the pointlessness of life and how to carry on after losing a loved one. The way Cave interprets these songs is tragically beautiful, with vocals unlike any he's ever provided, and Greg feels he's working toward the light. While Skeleton Tree may not be something you want to listen to all the time, he gives it a Buy It for its earnest beauty.

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“Bad Vibrations”The Black Angels

Recently, Jim was in a tattoo parlor getting some work done on a sleeve full of his favorite album cover art. As one can imagine, he endured a fair amount of (self-inflicted) discomfort. However, he found refuge in the song "Bad Vibrations" by The Black Angels, which was playing in the shop. Jim's Desert Island Jukebox selection comes from the 2010 album Phosphene Dream by the psychedelic southern rock band. Even though Jim was getting poked and prodded by a needle for three hours, this song momentarily took him to a groovy place in his mind where he forgot about the pain. The Black Angels conjure up a musical image of a hypnotic, chaotic“bad trip,”and Jim digs it big time for the Desert Island.

Featured Songs

  1. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Tijuana Taxi, !!Going Places!!, A&M, 1965
  2. Sam Cooke, Wonderful World, The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke, Keen, 1960
  3. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro), The Lonely Bull, A&M, 1962
  4. Dore Alpert, Tell It to the Birds, Tell It to the Birds (single), Carnival, 1962
  5. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Acapulco 1922, The Lonely Bull, A&M, 1962
  6. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Winds of Barcelona, Volume 2, A&M, 1963
  7. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Mexican Shuffle, South of the Border, A&M, 1964
  8. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Love Potion No. 9, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, A&M, 1965
  9. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, A&M, 1965
  10. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, 3rd Man Theme, !!Going Places!!, A&M, 1965
  11. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, A Taste of Honey, Whipped Cream & Other Delights, A&M, 1965
  12. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Casino Royale, Sounds Like…, A&M, 1967
  13. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, The Happening, Herb Alpert's Ninth, A&M, 1967
  14. Les Paul and Mary Ford, How High the Moon, How High the Moon (single), Capitol, 1951
  15. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, !!Going Places!!, A&M, 1965
  16. Dionne Warwick, This Girl's In Love With You, Promises, Promises, Scepter, 1968
  17. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, This Guy's In Love With You, The Beat of the Brass, A&M, 1968
  18. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Lost Treasures (Rare & Unreleased), Shout! Factory, 1970
  19. Carpenters, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Close to You, A&M, 1970
  20. Carpenters, Don't Be Afraid (demo), The Essential Collection: 1965–1997, A&M, 1968
  21. Waylon Jennings, Four Strong Winds, Four Strong Winds (single), A&M, 1964
  22. Cat Stevens, Trouble, Mona Bone Jakon, A&M, 1970
  23. Joe Cocker, The Letter, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, A&M, 1970
  24. The Police, Roxanne, Outlandos d'Amour, A&M, 1978
  25. Herb Alpert, Making Love in the Rain, Keep Your Eye On Me, A&M, 1987
  26. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream (feat. Ozomatli), Whipped Cream & Other Delights Re-Whipped, Shout! Factory, 2006
  27. Herb Alpert, Doodles, Human Nature, Herb Alpert Presents, 2016
  28. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Spanish Flea, !!Going Places!!, A&M, 1965
  29. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Anthrocene, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd., 2016
  30. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Distant Sky, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd., 2016
  31. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd., 2016
  32. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Rings of Saturn, Skeleton Tree, Bad Seed Ltd., 2016
  33. The Black Angels, Bad Vibrations, Phosphene Dream, Blue Horizon, 2010
  34. Blondie, Call Me, American Gigolo, Polydor, 1980
  35. Buick 6, Plymouth Fury, Plays Well With Others, Highway 20, 2015
  36. It's Immaterial, Ed's Funky Diner, Life's Hard And Then You Die, Siren, 1986
  37. Oshwa, Ultrafluorescent, I We You Me, self-released, 2016
  38. Mudhoney, Touch Me I'm Sick (Live on Sound Opinions), Touch Me I'm Sick (single), Sub Pop, 1988
  39. The Mamas & the Papas, California Dreamin', If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Dunhill, 1966

Footnotes

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