Preview: A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection

Artist: Various Artists
Title: A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Label: UMe
Format(s): 3-CDs, DD

The year was 1962 and the location was a garage in Hollywood. Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss started A&M Records, kicking off their new label with the hit single The Lonely Bull by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Before long, their label was a major force in the industry, one that is being celebrated on the new three-CD set A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection.

The roster that the two men built was multi-genre, from the Mexican sounds of the Tijuana Brass and the Baja Marimba Band to the pop of the Carpenters and Sergio Mendes to the rock of Procol Harum, Supertramp and the Police to the R&B of Janet Jackson and the Brothers Johnson to the jazz of Chuck Mangione and Quincy Jones.

"We wanted to make good records," says Herb Alpert, reflecting on the label's genesis. "That was our goal. We felt if we made good records there would be an audience.

Track List:

Disc 1 - From AM to FM
  • The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  • Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • You Were On My Mind - We Five
  • The More I See You - Chris Montez
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Rita Coolidge
  • A House Is Not A Home - Burt Bacharach
  • (They Long to Be) Close To You - Carpenters
  • Wild World - Cat Stevens
  • Don't You Want Me - The Human League
  • Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
  • Whatcha Gonna Do - Pablo Cruise
  • Sun Down - Lani Hall
  • Baby Baby - Amy Grant
  • I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vannelli
  • Luka - Suzanne Vega
  • The Lady in Red - Chris de Burgh
  • Love and Affection - Joan Armatrading
  • Red Red Wine - UB40
  • Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez
  • Rise - Herb Alpert
  • All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
Disc 2 - A Mission to Rock
  • Roxanne - The Police
  • The Letter - Joe Cocker
  • All Right Now - Free
  • Jackie Blue - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • 30 Days In the Hole - Humble Pie
  • Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
  • Hot Burrito #1 - The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Conquistador (live) - Procol Harum
  • Come Sail Away - Styx
  • I Got You - Split Enz
  • Tempted - Squeeze
  • Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
  • Run To You - Bryan Adams
  • Love Hurts - Nazareth
  • The Logical Song - Supertramp
  • Caught Up in You - 38 Special
  • Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  • Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting
Disc 3 - Soul Jazz And More
  • Back in Love Again - L.T.D.
  • Black Pearl - Sonny Charles & The Checkmates Ltd.
  • Europa - Gato Barbieri
  • I'll Be Good to You - The Brothers Johnson
  • Everybody Plays The Fool - Aaron Neville
  • Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
  • Bridges - Milton Nascimento
  • Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
  • Livin' It Up (Friday Night) - Bell & James
  • Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • On The Wings of Love - Jeffrey Osborne
  • Summertime - Paul Desmond
  • Stuff Like That - Quincy Jones feat. Ashford, Simpson & Khan
  • Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr
  • Crazay - Jesse Johnson feat. Sly Stone
  • Amorous Cat - Stan Getz
  • Finally - CeCe Peniston
  • Practice What You Preach - Barry White
  • Skokiaan - Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela
  • When I Think of You - Janet Jackson

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