Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Fiesta Brass - Viva Tijuana!


Here's a lively record that capitalized on the "Tijuana sound" popularized by the great Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Herb and his band are the kings of this type of music (in my opinion), and there were many who jumped on the bandwagon in the late 1960s when this music became popular - they even played the same songs that Herb did. So why did I buy this album and decide to share it with you instead of one of Herb'? The COVER, of course! Hello! About the cover - since we can't see the girl's face, it's hard to tell if she's even alive in this photo. I mean, was someone just walking along the beach and come across this poor drowning victim and decided to photograph her? Or, was she passed out from a long night of drinking and partying? Was this photo one of the rejects for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue of the day? One can only imagine...

Anyway, I never tire of the Tijuana sound, so whether it's Herb, or the Fiesta Brass, or the Marimba Band, or the Mexicali Brass, or whoever, I enjoy listening to this music. I hope you do, too!

Track listing from The Fiesta Brass - Viva Tijuana!:

Side 1:
1. Tijuana Taxi
2. Spanish Eyes
3. Whipped Cream
4. Spanish Lace
5. Theme from "Zorba the Greek"

Side 2:
1. A Taste of Honey
2. Spanish Harlem
3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
4. Michelle
5. 1-2-3

4 comments:

Licorice Pizza said...

Thanks, E! This got me in the mood to rip a 5 lp set I picked up some time ago. Los Nortes Americanos, another of the above mentioned brass bands mimicing Alpert. This set was virgin and looked like not one disc has been played...until I bought it. Thanks for getting me going on that endeavor. I'll keep you posted! LP

Esther said...

Hey, LP!

I love this kind of music and look forward to your post of your 5-LP set!

Devil Dick said...

i have this one....

i should post it soon.

Michael said...

My family had this album. As a youngster I used to listen to this daily! My mother, however, took a black marker and filled in the woman's torso, turning her 2-piece into a 1-piece, claiming the cover was way too risque. We laugh about that to this day!!