!!Going Places!!

Going Places
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1965
A&M LP 112 / A&M SP112
ProducerHerb Alpert, Jerry Moss
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass chronology
Whipped Cream and Other Delights
Going Places
What Now My Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
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Going Places (stylized as !!Going Places!!) is the fifth album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and, along with their prior album, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, is one of their most popular releases. It was released by A&M Records on all formats: LP, 8-track, cassette, open reel and eventually CD, and was reissued in 2005 by the Shout!Factory label as part of the Herb Alpert Signature Series. The song "Spanish Flea", composed by Alpert's friend and fellow mariachi band leader Julius Wechter, was one of several Brass tunes that saw regular use on "The Dating Game".

The single version of "Tijuana Taxi" had more of the bicycle-horn sound effects than the album version did. "Tijuana Taxi" and "Spanish Flea" would both be reprised as part of the "Carmen" medley in Herb Alpert's Ninth. The B-side of the "Taxi" single, "Zorba the Greek", was ed for length and had live-concert sound effects added.

"A Walk in the Black Forest" was a cover of a better-known version of the song that same year, by Horst Jankowski. That same track would briefly serve two years later as the theme of a short-lived game show, Reach for the Stars. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain also used it as a theme for its TV commercials. The group's title reverted to its original name for this album, after its second, third and fourth albums had been listed as "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass". While the first four Tijuana Brass albums had been done by Alpert backed by studio musicians, demands for live appearances had dictated that Alpert put together an actual touring band. The songs on this album are a mixture of sessions featuring Alpert's touring band and other session musicians, according to the liner notes in the Shout!Factory CD release.[citation needed]

Track listing[]

Side 1[]

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" (Ervan Coleman) – 2:05
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman) – 1:59
  3. "More And More Amor" (Sol Lake) – 2:44
  4. "Spanish Flea" (Julius Wechter) – 2:07
  5. "Mae" (Riz Ortolani) – 2:27
  6. "3rd Man Theme" (Anton Karas) – 2:28

Side 2[]

  1. "Walk, Don't Run" (Johnny Smith) – 1:50
  2. "Felicia" (John Pisano) – 2:45
  3. "And the Angels Sing" (Johnny Mercer, Ziggy Elman) – 2:34
  4. "Cinco De Mayo" (Chris Montez) – 2:15
  5. "A Walk In The Black Forest" (Horst Jankowski) – 1:48
  6. "Zorba The Greek" (Mikis Theodorakis) – 4:25


Side 1[]

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" – 2:05
  2. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" – 1:59
  3. "More And More Amor" – 2:44
  4. "Spanish Flea" – 2:07
  5. "Mae" – 2:27
  6. "The Third Man Theme" – 2:28

Side 2[]

  1. "Walk, Don't Run" – 1:50
  2. "Felicia" – 2:45
  3. "And the Angels Sing" – 2:34
  4. "Cinco De Mayo" – 2:15
  5. "A Walk In The Black Forest" – 1:48
  6. "Zorba The Greek" – 4:25


Side 1

  1. "Tijuana Taxi" – 2:05
  2. "Walk, Don't Run" – 1:50
  3. "Spanish Flea" – 2:07
  4. "More And More Amor" – 2:44
  5. "A Walk In The Black Forest" – 1:48
  6. "Zorba The Greek" – 4:25

Side 2

  1. "Mae" – 2:27
  2. "Cinco De Mayo" – 2:15
  3. "Felicia" – 2:45
  4. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" – 1:59
  5. "And the Angels Sing" – 2:34
  6. "The Third Man Theme" – 2:28

In popular culture[]

"Tijuana Taxi" was featured in Fox animated series The Simpsons episode "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", the Amazon TV series "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story", Episode 3 "Becoming Mr. Playboy", the comedy series "King of Queens" in Season 2 Episode 5 entitled "Tube Stakes" with Arthur's dance routine at the end of it, and also broadcast on Radio Station "Radio City" (listed as most listened commercial station in "Štajerska" region) for their show "Reporter Milan" in "Slovenija", Europe. It featured prominently in the 1993 Australian film Frauds to underscore the pranks pulled by the character of Roland Copping, played by Phil Collins. It was usually depicted as playing somewhere in the background of the scene, either from a car radio, from inside the home of the target of the prank, or on at least one occasion being played by Copping himself on his record player when executing a prank from his own balcony. The significance of the song and the reason for it coincidentally being played as the pranks happened was never explained in the film, which makes its inclusion as an “in universe” diegetic cue rather than simply score material an unusual choice.

Chart positions[]

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1
1967 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart