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Christmas Album

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Other albums by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

  1. Keep Your Eye on Me
  2. Magic Man
  3. Blow Your Own Horn
  4. Midnight Sun
  5. Beyond

Review

Herb Alpert turned to jazz's Shorty Rogers -- then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios -- for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers' cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, "Las Mananitas" seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme -- first with "Jingle Bells," then the cloying "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and ultimately "Jingle Bell Rock." For the first time in a long time, Alpert's sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; "My Favorite Things" nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and "Sleigh Ride" screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record's homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Winter Wonderland Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:2
  3. 2 Jingle Bells Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:7
  4. 3 My Favorite Things [Cover] Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:3
  5. 4 The Christmas Song Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:39
  6. 5 Las Mañanitas Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 2:59
  7. 6 Sleigh Ride Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 4:0
  8. 7 The Bell That Couldn't Jingle Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 2:55
  9. 8 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:45
  10. 9 Jingle Bell Rock Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 1:51
  11. 10 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 3:26

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