Definitive Hits

Definitive Hits

by Herb AlpertHerb Alpert

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Overview

How self-serving can one musical genius be to have a label he co-founded release a collection of his best-loved songs? But this is not just any self-serving genius. This is the guy who brought the world Dolores Ericson covered in shaving foam. This is the self-serving genius who scored the best James Bond film that wasn't really a James Bond film ever. This is the self-serving genius who set the music to elevators and waiting rooms around the world. This is Herb Alpert. From the opening charge of "The Lonely Bull" (complete with homesickness-inducing crowd noise) to the closing washes of "Making Love in the Rain," this album chronicles one of the most prolific and constantly contemporary careers in the music industry. Taking his Tijuana Brass in their jalopied "Tijuana Taxi," Alpert blows from the "Heat Wave"-inspiring "Mexican Shuffle" to the bouzouki blitz of "Zorba the Greek." Perhaps his most famous film-related song, however, is the Burt Bacharach classic "Casino Royale," a song that could inspire even Woody Allen to take on the world's most dastardly criminals. Bacharach also gave Alpert one of his most famous ballads, and one of Alpert's peachiest vocal offerings, with "This Guy's in Love With You." Alpert has a groovy thing going with Nat Adderley's "Work Song" as well. On this collection, Alpert swings from the authentic Latin punch of "Fandango" to the smooth American drive of "Route 101," and from the funky crescendo of "Rise" to the hip pop hops of "Diamonds" and "Keep Your Eye On Me." Along the way, Alpert offers delicious delights like the minor-keyed rag "Whipped Cream," the sweet blooms of "Lollipops and Roses," and a bee-utiful spin through "A Taste of Honey." How sweet it is to have all his hits together at last.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2001
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949088620
catalogNumber: 490886
Rank: 4784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Janet Jackson   Track Performer
Lisa Keith   Vocals
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peggy Lee   Composer
Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Nat Adderley   Composer
Quincy Jones   Liner Notes
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Oscar Brown   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Don Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Lisa Keith   Vocal Arrangements
Larry Levine   Producer,Engineer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Moss   Producer
John Pisano   Composer
Jose L. Quintana   Producer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Mark Smith   Engineer
Bryan Stott   Remixing
Charles Underwood   Engineer
Howard Lee Wolen   Engineer
Juan Carlos Calderón   Arranger,Composer
John McClain   Executive Producer
Randy Badazz   Producer
James Harris   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Mike Ragogna   Producer
Barry Korkin   Tape Research
Ric Marlow   Composer

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