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The Lonely Bull by Herb Alpert – Album Review

 The Lonely Bull
Artist: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Year: August 1962
Record Co: A & M Records
Country: USA
Genre: Easy Listening/Mariachi á la Güero
Producer: Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert – Trumpets
The Wrecking Crew – The rest of it
Straight Up, No Bullshit Rating: 7/10

Herb Alpert The Lonely Bull Album Cover

Where Can I Gets It?: Just check in your parents storage unit. Or if you can’t find it there, go to a pawn shop, vintage store, record shop stuck in the 60’s or just download on Amazon or iTunes.

Why Should I Listen Now?: Because it’s essential to your very being. And it’s really quite funny music. So if you want a laugh while you slurp down a jug of CVS brand Tequila, throw this on and have a grand ole time.

Story of How I Found This: I first got wind of this little piece when I used to collect records. Every person in America had this album it seems. Or at least one of his other masterpieces. But this was one of those albums that would only pique my interest almost a full decade later. I think age and the fact that you lose all your pre suppositions about certain things make you want to dig in to the stuff your parents or older colleagues would listen to. In this case, as I age, I seem to be more into old man stuff like staying home, listening to easy music, and loving time to be with family. This is one of those types of albums really. You gotta settle your ass down and just take it for what it is: easy music. I really got a start on listening to Herb Alpert a few months back when I first listened to the song “This Guy’s In Love With You.” I was just taken aback. Wow. So I went ahead and listened to this song about 50 times and then dug into this album.

It’s really a fun adventure with the Lonely Bull. Listening to this feels like I warped back in time to the 60’s, where there are a bunch of bro’s just hanging out doing stupid funny stuff in Tijuana… with lots of booze. And the sound we’re listening to is of some pretty well educated mariachi’s that are not Mexican but white dudes who lost all their money at the local brothel, so they had to resort to learning mariachi music and entertaining other white folk for change… so to get their ass back over the border to their unsuspecting wives. Pretty neat.

The Other cool thing about this album is the history behind it and the importance it really does have for music in the 60’s and 70’s. And if you actually take the time to dig in on this album you’ll hear some pretty nice sounding instruments. And some stuff that was unthinkable for recording at the time.

Do yourself a favor and give old Uncle Herb a shot.

Modesto Briseno
Founder and Creator of Kilson Street. Also a full time parent to a Tuxedo Cat.

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