Weekly Vinyl – Herb Alpert

16 May

Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass

In my youth I had a profound distaste to this type of music. I found it to be formulaic, unoriginal and soulless.
Not much has changed. It is a soundtrack to a bad 60s movie. It is the soundtrack one hears in one’s head as they walk into a seedy hotel or restaurant that has not changed its decor since the late 60s or early 70’s. I never watched “That 70s Show,” but I could imagine that this music would have been played by the parents in the show.
Looking for something to like I decide to listen to the song Love Potion #9. It is listed on the cover. However it does not appear on the record.
There is a simple explanation. I got this in a “take all the records for 5 bucks,” at a garage sale. The album is actually called Warm, from 1969. The cover is as pictured.
Perhaps my opinion of the music would change had the right album. Perhaps not.
The album I have has a cover of the Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. A questionable choice of Beatles material, but this version is unlistenable.
I shudder to think what will happen when hipsters rediscover Herb Alpert and start listening to his music for the ironic value.

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