Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

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Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Christmas Album (Shout! Factory)

Although the trans-generational appeal of Herb Alpert's signature sound propelled this album to No. 1 in 1968, the Tijuana Brass is often overwhelmed by saccharine Shorty Rogers vocal arrangements. Instead of nonstop uplifting vim, Alpert falls back on an elevator-styled TV-special approach. "Jingle Bell Rock" and "My Favorite Things" pack their punches, but this could've been a fiesta instead of a corporate office party.

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