Back in the 60’s, we had a TV, radio and record player combo made by Magnavox. It was really a piece of furniture and my dad loved the Magnavox brand! I remember when we lived in Puerto Rico the Magnavox was in our family room and it pretty much divided our kitchen from the family room. Mom and dad had quite the album collection and me and my sisters loved pulling out records and playing them on the Magnavox. You could stack several records and when one finished, the next one would drop from the silver stand in the middle of the record player and the music would just continue. I guess you could call it a precursor to Pandora!
One of the records that I always loved to play was the Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream and Other Delights. The album cover was iconic and featured a woman in a shaving cream and chiffon dress and hat. This may have been the bands most popular album and several of their songs were featured on the 1970s game show, The Dating Game hosted by Jim Lange. This was one of those times when I heard a song on a TV show and realized who the artist was! At the time, we just loved the brass music and me and my sisters and mother would dance and dance around the family room to this album!
I was watching Hallmark Home and Family one morning a few weeks ago and Herb Albert was on the show promoting his new Christmas album, The Christmas Wish! As he played one of the songs on the album, I had a major flashback to being 7 or 8 years old and listening to the Whipped Cream album. Every year I like to add a few new Christmas albums to my collection and I knew I had to have this one! Later that day, I headed to my local Barnes and Noble and there it was…and off I went to the checkout! All the songs are familiar Christmas songs but with that Tijuana Brass sound, I so look forward to playing this after Thanksgiving!!! Yes, I did listen to it as soon as I purchased it but I do like to wait until after Thanksgiving to really crank up the holiday music! So come, November 24th, that cd will be played non-stop!
On a side note, I really want to find that Whipped Cream album – not the CD – the album! I think one of my sisters has the album we listened to as children, but I’d love to have one of my own! I was at the thrift store recently and they have an album section. So, I looked through the section on the off-chance I would find it. I didn’t, but instead found Herb Albert’s 2nd album called Volume 2! Ironically, when I looked the album up online, I found out this one didn’t fare so well initially after the release of their first album. No matter to me though…it still has that iconic Tijuana Brass sound and I was thrilled to find something by Herb Albert and in this case, for just $2. Meanwhile, I do plan to add the Whipped Cream album to my collection before the end of the year!