Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Monterey Brass - Christmas Brass

In November of 1968, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass released their Christmas Album before Christmas which reached almost legendary status when it hit the record stores and radio airwaves. In the wake of its release, many smaller record companies wanted to quickly cash in and released soundalike versions of this album.

According to this Herb Alpert clone site, these are some of the titles that were released:
The album you see above certainly fits in with this category. The first few tracks actually had more of a Ventures sound with the occasional Tijuana Brass horn licks to qualify. The rest of the album gets more into the Alpert sound and it's not altogether bad. It's not the Border Brass and it definitely isn't Herb and the boys... but it's a nice album nonetheless.

BTW... Herb Alpert re-released their digitally remastered Christmas Album last Christmas but the older CD version still demands lots of cash on the used market!

I found this album over at FaLaLaLaLa.com last Christmas posted by Lynda V.E. Thanks Lynda!

On to the next new Christmas album in my collection...



Lynda V.E. said...

Hi Cap'n!

Thanks for your kudos. Now people can see why this was (and is) such a favorite of mine at Christmas. I love the music and it also fuelled my love of Christmas Brass.

I have nearly all the albums you listed except the voices one (not my style) and the Acupulco one (can't find it). FYI, the one marked "Christmas with" should be Danny Davis and The Nashville Brass. I do not think their sound is Mexican Brass, but not 100% sure.

Lynda V.E. said...

forgot to add the URL of my new blog -


Anonymous said...

Would you belive that the alcapulco brass LP is on E-bay RIGHT NOW (11/14/08) in the cassette version.

Item number: 390004080079

We own the version of "jingle Bells" on a compilation, and it's one of our favorites. you HAVE to get up and dance with it! Wish we could find the whole thing somehow on CD.

Anonymous said...

This album was actually a British LP by Stan Reynolds. It is not the Monterey Brass. You can buy the CD or mp3 on Amazon...just look for Stan Reynolds "Winter Wonderland."