A&M Records Celebrates 50th Birthday with Release of 3-CD Set – THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION Due Out August 28

Press Release - July 18, 2012

It’s an archetypal story of the modern record business – two guys with a dream running their nascent label out of a West Hollywood garage in the summer of 1962.  The label quickly gains momentum and eventually becomes one of the most important record companies the world has ever seen.

The two guys were Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the “A” and the “M” in A&M Records.   By the way, it was Alpert’s garage and that first hit was “The Lonely Bull,” performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.  And this year the two record men and UMe are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their label.

As part of the celebration, on August 28, UMe is releasing A&M 50: THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION.  A 60-track, 3-CD set curated by Alpert & Moss, THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION perfectly illustrates what a potent effect the legendary label is still having on contemporary popular music.

Perhaps because one of its founders was an artist himself—and a hugely successful one at that—A&M Records distinguished itself as an artist-friendly label, one that would stand behind artists they believed in, album after album, until they found their voice and an audience.

“We wanted to make good records,” says Herb Alpert, reflecting on the label’s genesis.  “That was our goal.  We felt if we made good records there would be an audience.”

Herb and Jerry’s dedication to development resulted in some of the biggest superstars in music ever:  Joe Cocker, Procol Harum, Quincy Jones, Billy Preston, Cat Stevens, Carpenters, Peter Frampton, Supertramp, Jeffrey Osborne, Styx, Bryan Adams, Joe Jackson, the Police, Sting, Janet Jackson, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, and so many, many more.

As iconic as the music released over the last 50 years by A&M Records was, so was the space that was home to the label for so many years:  1416 North La Brea, the former Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood, and now home to Henson Studios.  It’s interesting to note that the state-of-the-art recording studio that Herb and Jerry built on that lot decades ago is still drawing top artists from all over the world to record there.

“People hung out there,” says Moss.  “You took a walk on that lot and you wouldn’t believe who you would run into.  It was interesting to everyone who worked there and it was a lot of fun.”

At A&M Records, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were able to build a haven for artistic development that rivals any record label in history.  Maybe it’s due, in part, to the fact that A&M was privately owned and run by its founders for the first 27 years of its existence.  The environment they created helped spawn some of the most important artists in contemporary music, selling millions of albums worldwide in the process and creating a legacy that is virtually unmatched in the United States.  As Sting so succinctly puts it, “We definitely felt nourished and sustained by a creative team.”

And now, with the release of THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, music fans everywhere can sample the music of one of the greatest record labels of all time, all in one convenient place.




            ARTIST                                                          TRACK                      

Disc 1:  From AM to FM

1          Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass             The Lonely Bull

2          Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66                    Mas Que Nada

3          We Five                                                You Were On My Mind

4          Chris Montez                                         The More I See You

5          Rita Coolidge                                        (Your Love Keeps…) Higher and Higher

6          Burt Bacharach                                      A House Is Not A Home

7          Carpenters                                            (They Long to Be) Close To You

8          Cat Stevens                                          Wild World

9          The Human League                                Don’t You Want Me

10         Captain & Tennille                                  Love Will Keep Us Together

11         Pablo Cruise                                         Whatcha Gonna Do

12         Lani Hall                                                Sun Down

13         Amy Grant                                            Baby Baby

14         Gino Vannelli                                         I Just Wanna Stop

15         Suzanne Vega                                       Luka

16         Chris de Burgh                                     The Lady in Red

17         Joan Armatrading                                  Love and Affection

18         UB40                                                    Red Red Wine

19         Joan Baez                                             Diamonds and Rust

20         Herb Alpert                                           Rise

21         Sheryl Crow                                          All I Wanna Do

Disc 2:  A Mission to Rock                   

1          The Police                                             Roxanne

2          Joe Cocker                                           The Letter

3          Free                                                      All Right Now

4          The Ozark Mountain Daredevils              Jackie Blue

5          Humble Pie                                           30 Days In the Hole

6          Joe Jackson                                         Steppin’ Out

7          The Flying Burrito Brothers                     Hot Burrito #1

8          Procol Harum                                        Conquistador (live)

9          Styx                                                     Come Sail Away

10         Split Enz                                               I Got You

11         Squeeze                                               Tempted

12         Peter Frampton                                     Show Me The Way

13         Bryan Adams                                        Run To You

14         Nazareth                                               Love Hurts

15         Supertramp                                           The Logical Song

16         38 Special                                             Caught Up in You

17         Simple Minds                                        Don’t You (Forget About Me)

18         Soundgarden                                        Black Hole Sun

19         Sting                                                    If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

DISC 3:  Soul Jazz And More                

1          L.T.D.                                                   (Everytime I…) Back in Love Again

2          Sonny Charles & The Checkmates Ltd.   Black Pearl

3          Gato Barbieri                                         Europa

4          The Brothers Johnson                            I’ll Be Good to You

5          Aaron Neville                                         Everybody Plays The Fool

6          Billy Preston                                         Will It Go Round in Circles

7          Milton Nascimento                                 Bridges

8          Chuck Mangione                                   Feels So Good

9          Bell & James                                         Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)

10         Antonio Carlos Jobim                            Wave

11         Jeffrey Osborne                                                On The Wings of Love

12         Paul Desmond                                      Summertime

13         Quincy Jones feat. Ashford, Simpson & Khan    Stuff Like That

14         Atlantic Starr                                         Secret Lovers

15         Jesse Johnson feat. Sly Stone              Crazay

16         Stan Getz                                              Amorous Cat

17         CeCe Peniston                                      Finally

18         Barry White                                           Practice What You Preach

19         Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela                Skokiaan

20         Janet Jackson                                       When I Think of You


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