S.R.O., issued in 1966, was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' seventh album. It included work by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, as well as the band's cover of "Mame" (from the hit musical of the same name), one of the first TJB recordings to include vocals from Alpert, as he and the group sang the song's chorus in the middle of the otherwise-instrumental rendition. Released as a single, "Mame" reached the U.S. singles top 40, as did "The Work Song," which featured the "ping" sound effect of a hammer or a pickaxe hitting rocks or other solid objects. The album reached number 2 on the U.S. album chart.
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|Genre||Jazz, easy listening, pop|
|Producer||Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss|
|Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass chronology|
"Bean Bag" became famous in the UK as the theme tune to the popular long-running game show It's a Knockout, as well as a prize cue for the game show The Guinness Game.
"For Carlos" was re-titled "Wind Song", which was covered by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.
- "Our Day Will Come" (Mort Garson, Bob Hilliard) – 2:21
- "Mexican Road Race" (Sol Lake) – 2:30
- "I Will Wait for You" (Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy, Norman Gimbel) – 3:15
- "Bean Bag" (John Pisano, Julius Wechter, Herb Alpert) – 1:58
- "The Wall Street Rag" (Ervan Coleman) – 2:25
- "The Work Song" (Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown, Jr.) – 2:10
The recording personnel for this album mirrors the album cover (excepting Julius Wechter, not pictured):
- Stephen Vincent Orourke (1 January 2008). The Herb Alpert File. Lulu.com. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-0-615-17300-9.
- Chuck Champlin, Los Angeles Times (1966). S.R.O. (Type). Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Los Angeles, CA: A&M Records. Note: S.R.O. STANDING ROOM ONLY, THE ABSOLUTE, TOTAL, OUT OF SIGHT COMPLIMENT FOR PERFORMERS.