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Herb AlpertBrass Are Comin' ... CD
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 11.98
A really sweet riff on western soundtrack styles by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, though still in Herb's breezy 60s style – wonderful stuff, and a set that's a bit overlooked in his classic A&M canon! The way the bright and sunny Herb Alpert jazzy pop instrumental style melds so nicely with chugging western sounds, and rustic nylon string guitars blend with soaring orchestral pop strings really makes for a heck of a groovy record! It's a whole lot of fun, and unique in the Albert catalog. Titles include "The Brass Are Comin' (The Little Train Of Caipira)", "I'll Be Back", "Anna", "You Are My Life", "Robbers & Cops", "Country Lake", "The Maltese Melody", "Anna", "Moments", and "Good Morning Mr Sunshine". CD

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Chet AtkinsYestergroovin/Lover's Guitar ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Two late 60s RCA albums from Chet Atkins – back to back on a single CD! On Yestergroovin, Chet Atkins is groovin, but in a yesterday sort of way – hence the title of this sweet set from the start of the 70s! The record still has plenty of that excellent Atkins guitar work right up front in the mix – picking and strumming with the sublime sound that Chet created in the Nashville studios of RCA – in a mode that's maybe got some even jazzier currents on the guitar at times than some of his previous records – an upfront quality to the way the instrument steps up in the mix, especially on some of the more contemporary numbers. Titles include the slightly funky "Tennessee Pride", plus "Bring Me Sunshine", "Country Champagne", "Steeplechase Lane", "Yestergroovin", "Liberty", and "Gotta Travel On". Lover's Guitar is a record that has Chet Atkins working with arrangements from his own pen, and those of conductor Bill McElhiney – in a mode that's got the mellower touches you'd expect from the title – as Chet gently works his guitar magic on a set of ballads that include "The Look Of Love", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "If I Should Lose You", "Estudio Brillante", and "La Madrugada". CD

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