HERB ALPERT'S TIJUANA BRASS, "Whipped Cream and Other Delights Re-Whipped"
With the tribute-record craze in lively swing and Alpert the recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (along with his A&M Records co-founder, Jerry MossWith the tribute-record craze in lively swing and Alpert the recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (along with his A&M Records co-founder, Jerry Moss), it's as good a time as any to apply a fresh coat of paint to his 1965 instrumental classic.
For the most part, "Rewhipped" is a coolly reverent revisiting that takes its source delights into downtempo/chillout territory. That gives the record a lulling, gentle groove but one that never strays too far from the original material (right down to the cover, which applies the whipped-cream bikini to a new girl). The Dust Brothers' John King takes a shot at "A Taste of Honey," giving it lounge-lizard bounce and Thievery Corporation gets dreamy with "Lemon Tree."
But its Ozomatli who most brazenly breaks the mold by attaching vocals to "Love Potion No. 9." Like most of these records, "Rewhipped" provides swanky and scene-setting background material, if not anything that should stand front and center, with or without the context of the original. -- Jeff Vrabel