Back in high school – as well as when I would come home from college – I could often be found browsing the used music stores in Dormont… first at Mook’s, then at The Record Exchange. So many times while I was record shopping in Dormont, I would find Herb Alpert albums for sale on the cheap. When I say “record shopping”, in this case, I literally mean shopping for vinyl records. At The Record Exchange, you could often pick up some good albums (ie: Born To Run, Wish You Were Here) for $5 or less. In Herb Alpert’s case, it was usually closer to $1 or so. I was always intrigued by these albums, but I never quite knew where to start and there was always something else to get (the aforementioned examples, for instance), so I always passed.
It’s too bad that I did, because Herb Alpert did some wonderful stuff over his career. Most of his music pulls off the neat trick of sounding very 70’s, while at the same time not sounding especially dated. It could easily be contemporary music (and heck, in a way, it is!) Of course, it’s ironic that I think so much of it sounds like the 70’s since many of his hits were actually recorded a decade prior. Presumably I make the association because of the musical accompaniments to The Dating Game. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either though, since I wouldn’t have watched that until the 80’s or 90’s.