Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono pressing of Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.
About this copy: The copy of Whipped Cream & Other Delights offered for sale is an original mono pressing and the album is still sealed; the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The shrink wrap is mostly intact, with a small piece missing in the middle of the back cover and a small 1/2″ break at the mouth of the cover. A couple of corners have been slightly pushed. The back cover has a bit of foxing.
The cover has no cutout holes, cut corners or saw marks.
This is a first pressing; there are no other records listed on the back cover that were issued after this one.
A beautiful example of a classic album that’s quite hard to find in mono.
Background: Fifty years later, few remember the extent to which Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass dominated pop music in the U.S. in the early 1960s. Several of their albums topped the charts, and many of them had high chart rankings simultaneously.
The Latin-flavored brass instrumental pop appealed to both teenagers and adults, and Alpert, who largely recorded alone with the help of the Wrecking Crew, had to actually create a Tijuana Brass band to fulfill performance commitments.
Whipped Cream & Other Delights is often dismissed today as a common album that seems to be ubiquitous in thrift stores, but that’s because the album, which spent nearly two months at #1 on the Billboard charts, was enormously popular in its day, selling some 6 million copies. Those sales weren’t a fluke; it’s a great record as well as a particularly well-recorded album.
Two of the tracks were used on the television program The Dating Game during the 1960s and 1970s – “Lollipops and Roses” and “Whipped Cream.”
The cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights might be one of the best-known covers in pop history, featuring model Dolores Erickson covered in shaving cream. Numerous covers that spoof this one have also been released over the years, and a few years ago, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was even issued briefly as a picture disc.
Whipped Cream & Other Delights was so popular that it never went out of print, and remained available on vinyl until A&M quit pressing records.
While the record sold in the millions and remains popular to this day, the original pressings in mono are quite scarce. The album was released in April, 1965 in both stereo and mono but A&M quit pressing mono LPs in early 1968. All copies issued since then have been in stereo only, making the mono pressing of this LP, with its unique mix, a relative rarity.
Building upon South of the Border’s (1964) Top Ten success, Herb Alpert dismissed the contingency of Los Angeles-based studio instrumental all-stars, which he had christened the Tijuana Brass. Because there was enough demand for live dates, just like a musical Gepetto, Alpert formed a real Tijuana Brass. The bandleader/trumpeter was joined by Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Robert Edmondson (trombone), Pat Senatore (bass), John Pisano (guitars), Lou Pagani (piano), and Nick Ceroli (drums). Ostensibly, the personnel wasn’t a primary consideration as Alpert and company had already begun making serious inroads on the pop music scene. Not bad, considering the market was being heavily infiltrated, if not practically dominated by the British Invasion. With Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965), they would take that momentum to new heights — including three Grammy Awards alone for the update of the Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow-penned theme to Shelagh Delaney’s play of the same name, “A Taste of Honey.”
You can hear “Whipped Cream” here:
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