Volume 2 (Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass album)

Infobox Album | Name = Volume 2
Type = Album
Artist = Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass

Released = December 1963
Recorded =
Genre = Jazz / Easy Listening / Instrumental Pop
Length =
Label = A&M Records
Producer = Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|2|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fvftxqt5ld6e link] | Last album = "The Lonely Bull"
This album = "Volume 2"
Next album = "South of the Border"
(1964) |

"Volume 2" is the second album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, known in this recording as "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass". It was released in 1963 on A&M Records, and sold poorly upon initial release. After the TJB became massively popular with hits from their later albums, Volume 2 was reissued in 1966 and eventually reached #17 on the Billboard album chart. A CD version of the album was issued by A&M Records in 1990 but is now out of print. Some LP copies of the album have a spoken introduction by Herb Alpert at the beginning of "The Great Manolete (La Virgen de la Macarena)".

Volume 2 is now available via download on Apple's iTunes online store. It was made available in February 2007 at the same time as the 1969 albums "Warm" and "The Brass Are Comin'." As of May 2007, no CD reissue of the album has been announced. Alpert reportedly felt that the album was of inferior technical quality.

As with "The Lonely Bull", the album features some songs with a very Mexican flavor, but with more cover versions of pop hits than were included in that first album, "Spanish Harlem" having been a recent success for Ben E King. With no apparent irony intended, "Green Leaves of Summer" was the theme for the film portrayal of the famous Mexican-Texian battle in "The Alamo". "Winds of Barcelona" would be reorchestrated as "El Presidente" on the Brass' next album, "South of the Border". "Swinger From Seville" is a "strip-tease" tune, complete with audio of cries like "take-it-off" from a raucous audience. Again with no apparent irony intended, the song stands in contrast to the leadoff song, "La Virgen de la Macarena", the traditional title given to "Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza" (Our Lady of Hope) (or Mary, the mother of Jesus)... in Seville, Spain. The Brass' rendition of "A-me-ri-ca" inexplicably begins with a bar of "Jingle Bells" as a prelude to a jazzy version of the "West Side Story" entry that gives no hint of that song's outspoken lyrics.

Track listing

#"The Great Manolete (La Virgen de la Macarena)" (Alpert) – 2:35
#"Spanish Harlem" (Leiber-Spector) – 2:52
#"Swinger From Seville" (Alpert) – 2:30
#"Winds Of Barcelona" (Sol Lake) – 2:20
#"Green Leaves of Summer" (Tiompkin-Webster) – 2:30
#"More" (Ortalani-Oliviero} – 2:28
#"A-me-ri-ca" (Bernstein-Sondheim) – 2:45
#"Surfin' Señorita" (Moss-Alpert) – 2:07
#"Marching Thru Madrid" (Sol Lake) – 2:30
#"Crea Mi Amor" [Believe My Love] (Sol Lake) – 2:27
#"Mexican Corn" (Bowman-Alpert) – 2:05
#"Milord" (Marguerite Monnat) – 2:17

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