Original Release on LP A&M 146 / SP 4146
(US 1968, May 18)
The Brass give us more trademark arrangements on this album, and this is the first album by Herb Alpert to spawn a Billboard number one single! "This Guy's In Love With You" was a first Number One for Herb Alpert, composers Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the record label A&M. The single itself was credited only to Herb Alpert, due to his vocals and lack of TJB contribution; Pete Jolly provides the electric piano opening to this classic tune. This album coincided with a television special which featured the songs from this album, and reaction to the show's vocal opening tune was enough to convince A&M to release it as a single. The Pisano/Alpert song "Slick" is a great big band jazz workout tune, and one of the late Julius Wechter's best tunes, "Panama", can be found on this album. This would be the final A&M album commercially available in both stereo (SP 4146) and monaural (LP 146) versions.
Original Liner Notes:
The beat of America is more than a musical experience. It finds its pulse and rhythms in the very life of the country: the crack of a bat against a baseball, the spinning wheels and pounding machinery of a modern factory, a swinging crowd in New Orleans at Mardu Gras, a saddle brone twisting desperately against his rider – a young girl walking. Add the shimmering lights of Times Square, State Street and the Las Vegas Strip, the rhythmic churning of a Mississippi paddlewheel, and a man in love with a woman. All these form a small part of the American beat – and the American beat itself merely reflects the life of people from any and everywhere. The tempo of life – as varied and moody, sad and capricious, driving and smooth as the tempo of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Listen to the beat of people alive – listen to "The Beat of the Brass". (Tom Mankiewicz)