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Lost Treasures (Shout)

Reviewed by John Sekerka

Is this review moot? You no doubt have seen and procured the fab reissues of trumpet king to the jet setting playboys of yesteryear if not for the sweet, cocktail soundtrack to your make out pad, then for the swank repackaging that rivals the warm and fuzzy feel of full blown vinyl editions back in the day. "Lonely Bull" never gets old, but wait, there's more good news to be had. Much more. "Lost Treasures" unearths some fantastic throwaways that just weren't right at the time, but work flawlessly in the new millennium. Soothing horn blow versions of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Killing Me Softly" and "Fire and Rain" are instant lounge classics, whilst a delightful version of "Popcorn" easily kills the original. As a special treat we even hear the A in A&M handle vocals on a saucy version of "Close To You," which unfortunately was shelved in favour of the Carpenters' languid version. There's a reason that only Presley, Sinatra and The Beatles sold more records than the Tijuana Brass in the sixties - why that is, no one really knows, but in the meantime, here are the records.

© 2005 - John Sekerka