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Baja Marimba Band - Baja Nights

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Published on Sep 19, 2013

Baja Marimba Band's first album from 1964

Track Listing:

1. Comin' In The Back Door 2:14
2. Up Cherry Street 2:04
3. Maria Elena 2:48
4. Pedro's Porch, Part II 2:44
5. Baja Nights 2:25
6. Charade 2:30
7. Moonglow/Picnic Theme 2:12
8. Acapulco 1922 2:07
9. Maria's First Rose 2:46
10. Samba De Orpheu 2:55
11. December's Child 2:07
12. Back To Cuernavaca 3:02

A solid debut album on A&M, featuring a cast of studio musicians assisting Wechter on his first album. The music would not begin to hint at any of the "zaniness" of later albums, but on this album are some clever arrangements and tunes that would become well-loved Baja standards. "Comin' In The Back Door and "Acapulco 1922" would become staples of the band's repertoire over the years. While running gags would begin surfacing on later album covers, this album has its own little twist. Looking closer at the sombrero-topped hombres in the picture, do you notice any familiar faces behind the (mostly) fake moustaches? Well, Julius is fourth from the left, and his wife Cissy is fourth from the right. That tall chap 2nd from left is Jerry Moss; hiding behind shades and trumpet is Herb Alpert, third from right, with his wife Sharon second from the right. I'd assume the others are either A&M employees or other musicians around A&M at the time.

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