Whipped Cream & Other Delights
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|Whipped Cream & Other Delights|
|Studio album by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass|
|Released||April 1965 (LP); 1990 (A&M Records CD); March 2005 (Shout! Factory CD)|
|Genre||Jazz, traditional pop, easy listening, instrumental|
|Producer||Herb Alpert; Jerry Moss|
|Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass chronology|
Whipped Cream & Other Delights is a 1965 album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, called "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass" for this album, released on A&M Records. It is the band's fourth full album and arguably their most popular release.
This album saw the band nearly abandoning its Mexican-themed music, featuring mostly covers of popular songs, and also generating some major pop hits for the first time since "The Lonely Bull". One "tradition" of the early Brass was to include a number rendered in "strip-tease" fashion, and this album's entry for that style was "Love Potion No. 9".
- "A Taste of Honey" (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) – 2:43
- "Green Peppers" (Sol Lake) – 1:31
- "Tangerine" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 2:46
- "Bittersweet Samba" (Sol Lake) – 1:46
- "Lemon Tree" (Will Holt) – 2:23
- "Whipped Cream" (Naomi Neville) – 2:33
- "Love Potion No. 9" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:02
- "El Garbanzo" (Sol Lake) – 2:13
- "Ladyfingers" (Toots Thielemans) – 2:43
- "Butterball" (Mike Henderson) – 2:12
- "Peanuts" (Luis Guerrero) – 2:09
- "Lollipops and Roses" (Tony Velona) – 2:27
- "Rosemary (Unused Studio Track)"
- "Blueberry Park (Unused Studio Track)"
Whipped Cream & Other Delights sold over 6 million copies in the United States and the album cover alone is considered a classic pop culture icon. It featured model Dolores Erickson wearing chiffon and shaving cream. The picture was taken at a time when Erickson was three months pregnant. The album cover was so popular with Alpert fans that, during concerts, when about to play the song "Whipped Cream", Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you!"
The art was parodied by several groups including once A&M band Soul Asylum, who made fun of the liner notes along with the back cover on their 1989 EP Clam Dip & Other Delights, comedian Pat Cooper on his album Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights, the Frivolous Five on a Herb Alpert tribute album Sour Cream and Other Delights, Cherry Capri and The Martini Kings' Creamy Cocktails and Other Delights, the compilation Right to Chews: Bubblegum Classics Revisited, Sweet Cream's 1978 album Sweet Cream & Other Delights, Jabberwocky's 2005 release Eat Shit and Die, Dave Lewis on his 1966 album Dave Lewis Plays Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, and Peter Nero on his album, Peter Nero Plays a Salute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Singles taken from the album included "A Taste of Honey," "Whipped Cream" and "Lollipops and Roses". The latter two of these were eventually featured on the ABC-TV series The Dating Game: "Whipped Cream" as the intro to the bachelorette, and "Lollipops and Roses" as the theme used when the bachelor(ette) learned about the person chosen for the date. ("Spanish Flea", a song taken from the TJB's next album Going Places, was used as the theme for the bachelor.)
Up until this album, Alpert had utilized Los Angeles area studio musicians to back him on his records. On this album eventual members of the Tijuana Brass (John Pisano, guitar and Bob Edmondson, trombone) were featured as well as elite session musicians from Wrecking Crew: Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Chuck Berghofer, and Russell Bridges (who would later become famous in his own right as Leon Russell). With the success of "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" came huge demands for concert appearances. It was at this time that Alpert formed the public version of the Tijuana Brass which included: Pisano, Edmondson, Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano) as well as Julius Wechter on marimba and vibes (studio only).
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- Herb's partner, Jerry Moss, suggested that the album be titled after food items, hence the titles of the songs.
- New Orleans pianist/producer Allen Toussaint wrote "Whipped Cream" under the pseudonym Naomi Neville
- In 2000, author Jack Gantos wrote Joey Pigza Loses Control, which includes many references to Whipped Cream and Other Delights. For example, in one part of the book, Joey tries to recreate the cover by covering himself in shaving cream, but realized that he didn't look like the cover. Also, he kissed everything in sync with "Love Potion No. 9", including a mailbox. He shot peanuts out of his nose while whistling "Peanuts". He also wanted to play "A Taste of Honey" on his trumpet while at the church choir practice.
- "A Taste of Honey" is the introductory music of an Italian radio programme: "it:Tutto il calcio minuto per minuto" literally "All soccer minute by minute", broadcast every Sunday with match commentaries and the latest scores from Italian football.
- "Bittersweet Samba" is the theme song on the long-running Japanese radio series All Night Nippon.
|1965||Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200)||1|
The Sound of Music (soundtrack)
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
|Billboard 200 number-one album
November 27, 1965 - January 7, 1966
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Rubber Soul by The Beatles