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On Sale Today: “Volume 2” by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass

Dec. 11, 1963 - On sale today is “Volume 2,” the second long-playing record by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, produced by A&M Records. As with the group’s debut album, “The Lonely Bull” (1962), this album features a number of songs with a Mexican flavor. In addition, however, there are cover versions of pop hits, including "Spanish Harlem,” a song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller which was a hit for Ben E. King in 1960. Also featured on the album is “Green Leaves of Summer,” the theme for the film portrayal of the famous Mexican-Texan battle in “The Alamo” (1960). “Swinger from Seville” is a “strip-tease” tune, complete with audio of cries like “take it off” from a raucous audience. The song stands in stark contrast to the leadoff song, “La Virgen de la Macarena,” the traditional title given to “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza” (Our Lady of Hope) in Seville, Spain.


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