Welp, I finally did it!
I accomplished my “100 Days of Core” goal I set for myself back in January; for the second year in a row I might add.
Honestly, it actually took me 160 days to complete it in it’s totality, but who’s counting?
So, yeah, this morning’s celebratory 100th day of on my mat core goodness (along with Toby the “Morning Crack Cat”, of course) has been set to something special, the ‘S.R.O.‘ album by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.
That’s right, bitches.
This was actually another Goodwill Hunting* find from my Port Colborne oasis of dusty vinyl picking delights, the local Goodwill. As it happens, it is also my choice for Day 24 of the on-going 31 Day Record Challenge (Part 2); ‘A record that contains a song about the weekend (or Friday, Saturday, or Sunday individually…‘
(More on that later)
But, seriously, why do people ever get rid of Herb Alpert albums?
They’re the total shit!
Personally, for a buck or two I won’t hesitate to at adding another Tijuana Brass album to my collection, providing I don’t own it already of course.
By late 1966, it seemed as if every TV commercial and every pop arranger had latched onto the Herb Alpert “Ameriachi” sound – at which point the resourceful originator of that sound began to pare it down and loosen it up a bit.
‘S.R.O.‘ (Standing Room Only), referring to the Tijuana Brass’ string of sold-out concerts, is an accurate title, for this LP is about a seven-piece band loaded with experienced jazzers who groove and swing together to a greater degree than on their previous albums.
Sure, the arrangements are very tightly knit and don’t allow much room for spontaneity, but they still sound fresh and uninhibited, and Alpert often allows the flavor of jazz to come through more clearly. Indeed, two of the album’s three hit singles, ‘The Work Song‘ and ‘Flamingo‘, are jazz tunes – the former nervous and driving, the latter joyously kicking – and the third, ‘Mame‘, gets a nifty Dixieland treatment a la Louis Armstrong, with Alpert singing one verse.
The sleeping gem of the record is guitarist John Pisano’s ‘Freight Train Joe‘, a wistfully evocative tune that won’t quit the memory, and the mournful Alpert/Pisano/Nick Ceroli tune ‘For Carlos‘ later became Wes Montgomery‘s ‘Wind Song‘.
Though this album only went to #2 on the LP charts, Alpert’s creativity and popularity were still peaking like Doug Ford’s post-election party hanger’s on.
Oh, and yes, it also has a zippy little number called ‘Blue Sunday‘ which qualifies it for my 31 Day Record Challenge.
Anyway, let’s get this 150k bike ride/brick run done and finished and proceed with the rest of the day’s planned activities: Eat all the foods and crash on the couch like a hibernating bear for a few hours.