The Beat of the Brass

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The Beat of the Brass
Studio album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Released May 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Jazz, easy listening, pop
Label A&M
A&M SP4146
Producer Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass chronology
Herb Alpert's Ninth
The Beat of the Brass
Christmas Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Beat of the Brass is the tenth album release by the popular 1960s instrumental group Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. The album was released on the heels of a television special by the same title (telecast April 22, 1968 over CBS). Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the special, also provided two paragraphs of liner notes for the album. Explaining the concept behind the album, Mankiewicz writes, "The beat of America is more than a musical experience. It finds its pulse and rhythms in the very life of the country: the crack of a bat against a baseball, the spinning wheels and pounding machinery of a modern factory, a swinging crowd in New Orleans at Mardi Gras, a saddle twisting desperately against his rider..."[2]

It includes Alpert's only major vocal hit, "This Guy's In Love With You", which became an overnight success due to its inclusion during the special, in a sequence featuring Herb and his (first) wife, Sharon.

The album was reissued on CD by Shout! Factory on August 16, 2005. It was reissued again on CD and various download services by Alpert's own label, Herb Alpert Presents, in September of 2016.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Monday, Monday" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) - 3:08
  2. "A Beautiful Friend" (Sol Lake) - 3:16
  3. "Cabaret" (Fred Ebb, John Kander) - 2:38
  4. "Panama" (Julius Wechter) - 3:36
  5. "Belz Mein Shtetele Belz (My Home Town)" (Jacob Jacobs, Alex Olshanetsky) - 2:14
  6. "Talk to the Animals" (Leslie Bricusse) - 2:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "Slick" (Herb Alpert, John Pisano) - 3:29
  2. "She Touched Me" (Sol Lake) - 2:58
  3. "Thanks for the Memory" (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger) - 2:05
  4. "The Robin" (John Pisano) - 2:22
  5. "This Guy's In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David; arranged by Burt Bacharach) - 3:55

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1
Preceded by
Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 27 - August 9, 1968
Succeeded by
Wheels of Fire by Cream
  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Mankiewicz, Tom. The Beat of the Brass (Liner Notes) 1968.