Herb Alpert is about to release his latest studio album, Human Nature, on September 30, and it looks to be an exciting set even by the high standards of the eternally youthful trumpeter. His fourth album in three years, Human Nature features five original songs plus reworkings of Steve Porcaro and John Bettis’ “Human Nature” (the 1983 Michael Jackson hit), Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Alfie” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and a world premiere composition from Bacharach and Elvis Costello, “Look Up Again.” But before that, Alpert is taking his deepest-ever dive into his back catalogue with a reissue program featuring 25 titles, many of which are long out-of-print or have never previously been released on compact disc! All albums are due from the Herb Alpert Presents label on September 9.
This remarkable campaign spanning albums released between 1962 and 2011 features most of Alpert’s classic Tijuana Brass and solo albums (including the seminal Whipped Cream and Other Delights, which kicked off the program last November), many of which weren’t addressed in the last Alpert reissue series from Shout! Factory. All will be reissued in newly-remastered editions from the original analog master tapes. Each album is packaged in a replica of the original artwork (with no new liner notes or other elements), and five titles in the series (including the already-available Whipped Cream) will also be issued on 180-gram vinyl. Note that while Christmas Album is not included in the below list, it too was reissued last year.
Here’s the full line-up with Amazon U.S. links:
- The Lonely Bull (1962)
- Volume 2 (1963)
- South Of The Border (1964) (Also on vinyl)
- Whipped Cream and Other Delights (1965) (Also on vinyl)
- Going Places (1965) (Also on vinyl)
- What Now My Love (1966) (Also on vinyl)
- SRO (1966)
- Sounds Like … (1967)
- Ninth (1967)
- The Beat Of The Brass (1968)
- Warm (1969)
- The Brass Are Comin’ (1969)
- Summertime (1971)
- You Smile – The Song Begins (1974)
- Coney Island (1975)
- Main Event: Live (1978) – with Hugh Masekela
- Rise (1979) (Also on vinyl)
- Beyond (1980)
- Magic Man (1981)
- Fandango (1982)
- Keep Your Eye On Me (1987)
- North On South St. (1991)
- Midnight Sun (1992)
A handful of releases from Alpert’s A&M years have been left out of this wave of releases, but hopefully will appear on CD down the road, including Just You and Me (1976), Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela (1978), Blow Your Own Horn (1983), Bullish (1984), Wild Romance (1985), Under a Spanish Moon (1988), My Abstract Heart (1989).
All of the above titles are due from Herb Alpert Presents on September 9, while Herb’s newest, Human Nature, follows on September 30 from the label. Alpert and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall (equally deserving of a CD reissue campaign!), continue to tour; you can catch a list of their current dates right here!
Information for Human Nature can be found below!
- Human Nature
- Shake It
- Look Up Again
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
- Mystery Man