Herb Alperfection

For 50-cents each, I recently bought the four LP’s that Herb Alpert put out between 1965 and ’66. As Denro says, “There is no doubt that those albums sold millions and millions of copies in the 60’s….every thrift store across the USA has the proof!”

According to the dates engraved on the inner grooves, the copies I came upon aren’t first generation, but they are original pressings from those years. Recorded by Larry Levine at Gold Star studios in L.A., the sound quality is uniformly superb. I have listened to this track from “S.R.O” a half dozen times, and I imagine the musicians of the legendary Wrecking Crew must have been smiling when they heard the playback.

Note: As far as I know, only some of Alpert’s touring band, assembled after the fourth album, recorded with him in the studio.

Pivot and Pose!

Last night the PBS News Hour had Utah senator Mike Lee avoiding the question of whether or not climate change is real. Instead, he argued that Trump was right to leave the Paris Agreement because the way Obama signed on was wrong.

And in other doings from the right, Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has begun the process of marrying off his daughter.

Which reminds me of the time when Scott Brown, our new ambassador to New Zealand and former senator from Massachusetts, posted this picture with the comment, “Just in case anybody is watching throughout the country, yes, they’re both available.”

The Other Computer War

At the same time the competition between Microsoft and Apple was beginning, in England there was the computer rivalry between Sinclair and Acorn. I think somewhere in the basement I still have my tiny Sinclair Z80 computer, which was distributed in America by Timex. This 2009 movie, featuring Martin Freeman, is a lot of fun and well worth watching.