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Early in the series run, additional Alpert offerings were also incorporated as incidental music: “Spanish Flea,” as the bachelors were being announced, “Lollipops and Roses,” when the lucky winners were being told where they would be spending their date, and both “Ladyfingers” and “Lemon Tree” were in rotation as contestants mulled over their answers.
[After several poor analog-to-CD transfers in the ’80s and ’90s, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was reissued as part of Shout!
Factory’s Herb Alpert Signature Series and boasts remarkably improved sound.] Original Release Date: 1965 Re-issue Date: 2015 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were rolling right down the middle of the American pop scene like a locomotive in 1966 — and this album captures them at the peak of their exuberance.
By now, there really was a live, touring edition of the Tijuana Brass, and there was an easily identifiable TJB sound, with its strummed Latin American guitars, twin trumpet leads, delicate marimba or vibes (played by Julius Wechter of Baja Marimba Band fame in the studio), and strong grooves rooted in Latin American music, jazz, and rock.
Nowhere would this stylistic progression be as pronounced as in the horn-driven updates of several then-concurrent chart hits.
Sol Lake — who provided Alpert “The Lonely Bull” and “Mexican Shuffle” returns, and this time he has custom-made the upbeat and, above all, catchy trio of “Green Peppers,” “Bittersweet Samba,” and “El Garbanzo.” Allen Toussaint‘s title composition “Whipped Cream” garnered significant attention, but not as a chart hit.