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Charted: May 15, 1965


Rating: 4.275 (average of 11 ratings)


Genre: traditional pop


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. A Taste of Honey
  2. Green Peppers
  3. Tangerine
  4. Bittersweet Samba
  5. Lemon Tree
  6. Whipped Cream
  7. Love Potion No. 9
  8. El Garbanzo
  9. Lady Fingers
  10. Butterball
  11. Peanuts
  12. Lollipops and Roses


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 8
peak on U.K. album chart 2


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Whipped Cream (2/20/65) #68 US, #13 AC
  • A Taste of Honey (9/4/65) #7 US, #1 AC


Notes: A 2005 reissue added bonus tracks “Rosemary” and “Blueberry Park.”


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year


Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass
Review:
“It’ll never be known exactly what made Whipped Cream & Other Delights Herb Alpert’s big commercial breakthrough – the music or the LP jacket's luscious nude model covered almost entirely with simulated whipped cream. Probably both” (Ginell).

“In any case, Alpert’s most famous album is built around a coherent concept; every song has a title with food in it. Within this concept, Alpert’s musical tastes are still refreshingly eclectic; he uses Brazilian rhythms on Green Peppers and Bittersweet Samba, reaches back to the big-band era for the haunting Tangerine, uses Dixieland jazz on Butterball, and goes to New Orleans for the Allen Toussaint-penned title track (familiar to viewers of TV’s The Dating Game)” (Ginell).

“He also has developed a unique sense of timing as a producer, using pauses for humorous effect, managing to score his second Top Ten hit with a complex, tempo-shifting version of A Taste of Honey” (Ginell).

“No wonder Alpert drew such a large, diverse audience at his peak; his choices of tunes spanned eras and generations, while his arrangements were energetic enough for the young and melodic enough for older listeners” (Ginell).


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Last updated March 25, 2008.