Issued in April 1966, What Now My Love held the #1 spot for nine weeks, longer than any other Tijuana Brass album, and the title track garnered two Grammy Awards. Each album in the Herb Alpert Signature Series features me... more »ticulously remastered sound, deluxe packaging, detailed liner notes, and an intro by Herb Alpert containing personal recollections and anecdotes.« less
Issued in April 1966, What Now My Love held the #1 spot for nine weeks, longer than any other Tijuana Brass album, and the title track garnered two Grammy Awards. Each album in the Herb Alpert Signature Series features meticulously remastered sound, deluxe packaging, detailed liner notes, and an intro by Herb Alpert containing personal recollections and anecdotes.
Abbasolutely | Dodgeville, WI United States | 06/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ignore the silly gripe in that other review that lamented the decision to offer only the stereo mix of this cd. Herb wisely embraced stereo, not mono. So thankfully the mono sources were not utilized on this cd. The remaster job is good, although a little more treble would benefit the entire Signatutre series...They sound a tad muffled. But their reisssues are definately a highlight of 2005. I look forward to more to come...But "What Now My Love" is their best album ever! It's a pleasure to hear again and again...Cheers to you Herb and the entire team responsible for the reissues. The covers reproductions and inside booklets are delicious and great fun...just like the music itself. Bravo!"
The TJB at their commercial peak.
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 08/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With over 2 months in the #1 spot, this was the commercial peak for Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass. Like other popular acts of the sixties, Herb was releasing LPs fast and furious and this came hot on the heels of "GOING PLACES". And like he had with every previous album, he took the basic elements of what made his earlier recordings work but added a little something extra here and there to make the current release unique. "WHAT NOW MY LOVE" finds Herb in a more pensive mood on most of the tracks, and even the more upbeat numbers have an air of sophistication about them. "Freckles" and "Brasilia" may swing free and easy, but the raucous throwing-caution-to-the-wind attitude of "Third Man Theme" and "Zorba The Greek" are absent. Herb's arranging genius continues to shine on great versions of "If I Were A Rich Man", "Five Minutes More", an elegant "Shadow Of Your Smile" and a somber "It Was A Very Good Year". And then there's the title track which waged a cover battle in 1966 with Sonny and Cher. Both versions were big hits, perhaps because both were unique. While S&C's version relied on the schmaltzy lyrics and the singers' dramatic intensity, the Brass' version was the complete opposite -- melody driven with a light, breezy jazz arrangement. There were two different mixes of this album floating around when it was originally released. For anyone familiar with both, it should be noted that this CD contains the extended "bump and grind" version of "Plucky" and the version of "Brasilia" which is missing the trombone overdub. Overall, another great Shout Factory TJB reissue with beautifully remastered sound and a nice booklet containing an essay and great photos."
Herb Alpert Rides Again
Angelfish | CA | 07/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was like listening for the first time, an awesome, clear big sound that was exciting to hear this time as it was the first. If you never heard Herb Alpert before, listen carefully, this is what harmony and orchestration is all about."
Herb and the TJB were brilliant but the re-mastering is not.
S. Levitt | New Jersey | 05/07/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hey, it's a real treat to have these re-issues available and the packaging is nice BUT the alleged "re-mastering" is horrendous throughout the entire signature series. Sorry Herb, I still love ya and the TJB but I cannot tell a lie here. So...I proceeded to email Shout Factory on this and I got back a robotic-style message that these were re-mastered to Herb Alpert's exceedingly high level of quality. Yeah, OK. The LPs, which reside in my basement, have more punch, more presence, better low and high ends to them than these Shout Factory re-issues. The hiss is prevelant throughout the series of CDs, yet there are a few scattered tracks, like Casino Royale on Sounds Like, that actually sound really good....almost as if a different process was used just for that track. Very odd. There is distortion on SRO and a "bump" sound on one of the tracks that can be heard in the car as well as the home equipment. Herb's trumpet should come thru clean & bright but it seems to be under a cloudy membrane. Now I don't want to sound like an audio geek, which I am truly not, but these CDs could have sounded A LOT better!!! The LPs do, and they were purchased 40+ years ago and are quite worn. ~SL "