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The Lonely Bull (Audio CD)

The Lonely Bull (Audio CD)

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*This is NOT a comic! But you can listen to it while you read comics!

By Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass. Produced by Hallmark. 

Audio CD, 30 minutes, 1962


  1. The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)
  2. El Lobo (The Wolf)
  3. Tijuana Sauerkraut
  4. Desafinado
  5. Mexico
  6. Never on Sunday
  7. Struttin' With Maria
  8. Let It Be Me
  9. Acapulco 1922
  10. Limbo Rock

The colossus that is A&M Records starts right here with the first album by the 1960s instrumental juggernaut known as the Tijuana Brass. True, there was no "Tijuana Brass" per se at this time; just Herb Alpert and a coterie of Los Angeles sessionmen, with Alpert overdubbing himself on trumpet to get that bullring effect. Also, Alpert was just getting the TJB concept underway; the textures are leaner, the productions less polished, and the accent is more consciously on a Mexican mariachi ambience -- the relatively square rhythms, the mandolins, the mournful, wistful siesta feeling -- than the records down the road. The hit title track (originally a tune called "Twinkle Star"!) is a cleverly structured, exciting and haunting piece of record-making -- and its composer, Sol Lake, becomes the charter member of Alpert's team of TJB tunesmiths with several more ethnic-flavored numbers. In accordance with the newly emerging bossa nova movement, Alpert does a nice, straightforward, authentic cover of "Desafinado," even departing a bit from the tune with some spare jazz-inspired licks, and "Crawfish" pleasingly adapts the mariachi horn sound to a bossa beat. ~ Richard S. Ginell

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