South of the Border

South of the Border

by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

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Overview

Herb Alpert was still using an array of SoCal studio all-stars as his Tijuana Brass when South of the Border (1964) began to restore the combo's good name after the modest Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Vol. 2 (1963) failed to ignite a fire in listener's ears. Alpert later commented that the Sol Lake composition "Mexican Shuffle" "opened a new door for me." That passageway meant the loss of the Tijuana Brass' practically forced mariachi style and the rise of Alpert's approach in arranging familiar melodies in fresh, creative settings. Nowhere would this stylistic progression be as pronounced as in the horn-driven updates of several then-concurrent chart hits. For instance, the mod sonic wrinkle in "Girl from Ipanema" emits a darkness veiled in mystery, directly contrasting the light buoyancy of "Hello! Dolly" or the footloose feel of the Beatles' "All My Loving." They seamlessly fit in with Sol Lake's "Salud, Amor y Dinero" and a cover of Julius Wechter's playful, midtempo "Up Cherry Street" -- which Wechter's own Baja Marimba Band had just recorded for their 1964 self-titled debut. The ballads "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Angelito," and "Adios, Mi Corazon" provide contrasts with Alpert's sensitive scores never seeming maudlin or unnecessarily over the top. If the regal "El Presidente" sounds particularly familiar, it may well be due to Alpert's slight renovation of the "Winds of Barcelona" from the Tijuana Brass' previous effort, the less than impressive Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Vol. 2. It was renamed "El Presidente," presumably to honor the then-recent memory of the slain U.S. leader John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Herb Alpert Presents
UPC: 0814647020273
catalogNumber: 702027
Rank: 3024

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Julius Wechter   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Sol Lake   Composer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Jerry Moss   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Lerner   Composer
Rene Herrera   Composer
René Ornelas   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Brian Porizek   Cover Art
Moraes   Composer

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