Going Places (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass album)

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Going Places
Studio album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Released October, 1965
Genre Jazz; Instrumental pop
Label A&M
Producer Herb Alpert; Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass chronology
Whipped Cream and Other Delights
(1965)
Going Places
(1965)
What Now My Love
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

!!Going Places!! is the fifth album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and, along with their prior album, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, is one of their most popular releases. It was released by A&M Records on all formats: LP, 8-track, cassette, open reel and eventually CD, and was reissued in 2005 by the Shout!Factory label as part of the Herb Alpert Signature Series.

The song "Spanish Flea", composed by Alpert's friend and fellow mariachi band leader Julius Wechter, was one of several Brass tunes that saw regular use on "The Dating Game".

The single version of "Tijuana Taxi" had more of the bicycle-horn sound effects than the album version did. "Tijuana Taxi" and "Spanish Flea" would both be reprised as part of the "Carmen" medley in Herb Alpert's Ninth. The B-side of the "Taxi" single, "Zorba the Greek," was edited for length and had live-concert sound effects added.

"A Walk in the Black Forest" was a cover of a better-known version of the song that same year, produced by Ferrante & Teicher. That same track would briefly serve two years later as the theme of a short-lived game show, Reach for the Stars. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain also used it as a theme for its TV commercials.

The group's title reverted to its original name for this album, after its second, third and fourth albums had been listed as "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass". While the first four Tijuana Brass albums had been done by Alpert backed by studio musicians, demands for live appearances had dictated that Alpert put together an actual touring band. The songs on this album are a mixture of sessions featuring Alpert's touring band and other session musicians, according to the liner notes in the Shout!Factory CD release.

The touring band members were: John Pisano (guitar), Nick Ceroli (drums), Lou Pagani (piano), Bob Edmondson (trombone), Pat Senatore (bass), and Tonni Kalash (trumpet). Marimbaist/percussionist Julius Wechter also played on all of the group's albums.

The album continued the band's trend of containing mostly pop instrumentals along with a few Mexican-themed tunes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" (Ervan Coleman) – 2:05
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman) – 1:59
  3. "More And More Amor" (Sol Lake) – 2:44
  4. "Spanish Flea" (Julius Wechter) – 2:07
  5. "Mae" (Riz Ortolani) – 2:27
  6. "3rd Man Theme" (Anton Karas) – 2:28
  7. "Walk, Don't Run" (Johnny Smith) – 1:50
  8. "Felicia" (John Pisano) – 2:45
  9. "And the Angels Sing" (Johnny Mercer, Ziggy Elman) – 2:34
  10. "Cinco De Mayo" (Chris Montez) – 2:15
  11. "A Walk In The Black Forest" (Horst Jankowski) – 1:48
  12. "Zorba The Greek" (Mikis Theodorakis) – 4:25

Issued twice on Open Reel tape, the first edition (AMB-112, distributed by Ampex on behalf of A&M Records) presents the tracks in the same order as the LP. Because of the running time differences, Side A includes a significant blank space at the beginning of the program, which allowed for a shorter break at the side change.

Side A:

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" – 2:05
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" – 1:59
  3. "More And More Amor" – 2:44
  4. "Spanish Flea" – 2:07
  5. "Mae" – 2:27
  6. "The Third Man Theme" – 2:28

Side B:

  1. "Walk, Don't Run" – 1:50
  2. "Felicia" – 2:45
  3. "And the Angels Sing" – 2:34
  4. "Cinco De Mayo" – 2:15
  5. "A Walk In The Black Forest" – 1:48
  6. "Zorba The Greek" – 4:25

In 1968, A&M reissued the open reel tape (OR-4112) with an altered track sequence to balance the running times of the two sides.

Side A:

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" – 2:05
  2. "Walk, Don't Run" – 1:50
  3. "Spanish Flea" – 2:07
  4. "More And More Amor" – 2:44
  5. "A Walk In The Black Forest" – 1:48
  6. "Zorba The Greek" – 4:25

Side B:

  1. "Mae" – 2:27
  2. "Cinco De Mayo" – 2:15
  3. "Felicia" – 2:45
  4. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" – 1:59
  5. "And the Angels Sing" – 2:34
  6. "The Third Man Theme" – 2:28

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1
1967 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart
Preceded by
Rubber Soul by The Beatles
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 5–11, 1966
April 16 - May 20, 1966
Succeeded by
Ballads of The Green Berets
by SSgt. Barry Sadler
Preceded by
Revolver by The Beatles
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
April 8 - August 4, 1967
Succeeded by
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
by The Beatles