I’ll quite happily rescue a Herb Alpert record from the charity shop, especially if it’s in good condition and it’s a decent album. This is the first (of many) Alpert compilations, collecting the sharper moments from the group’s first five records.
The highlight of course is Spanish Flea, such an oddity and an earworm that can come into your head – to never leave – at any moment. Shopping for mince? In the middle of a job interview? Being questioned by Police over the disappearance of your ex-girlfriend? Here’s a slice of catchy trumpet jazz to take your mind off the pressure of concentrating.
Hit: Spanish Flea
Hidden Gem: America