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Keep Your Eye On Me

Herb Alpert

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The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producing the others himself in a mostly similar techno-pop vein. Presto!, three Top Ten R&B singles came out of the album, "Keep Your Eye on Me," "Making Love in the Rain," and the number one hit "Diamonds." The flashy, trashy "Diamonds" no doubt was aided on its rush up the charts by Jackson and Lisa Keith's bouncy lead vocals; it's really their record and that of Jam and Lewis, despite Alpert's top billing. Jackson and Keith also take the lead in the simple-minded lyrics of "Making Love in the Rain," which nevertheless has a haunting effect accented by Alpert's muted musings through an electronic gauze. At first, this seems like a gleaming digital machine of a record, loaded with repetitive sampling effects and drum machines churning out that ubiquitous '80s backbeat. But the techno stuff gradually gives way to Alpert's humane trumpet, which in a touching valentine to the '60s on Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," is eventually allowed to soar unimpeded over the electronics.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
Keep Your Eye On Me
00:05:11

JIMMY JAM, Composer, Writer - TERRY LEWIS, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, MainArtist

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

2
Hot Shot
00:03:56

Herb Alpert, MainArtist - Albert Hammond, Composer, Writer

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

3
Diamonds
00:04:53

JIMMY JAM, Composer, Writer - TERRY LEWIS, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, MainArtist - JANET JACKSON, FeaturedArtist

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

4
Traffic Jam
00:03:14

Herb Alpert, MainArtist - Les Pierce, Composer, Writer

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

5
Cat Man Do
00:05:26

Herb Alpert, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - ROY BITTAN, Composer, Writer

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

6
Pillow
00:04:32

JIMMY JAM, Composer, Writer - TERRY LEWIS, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, MainArtist

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

7
Our Song
00:03:54

Herb Alpert, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Sal Macaluso, Composer, Writer

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

8
Making Love In the Rain
00:05:55

JIMMY JAM, Composer, Writer - TERRY LEWIS, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, MainArtist

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

9
Rocket to the Moon
00:03:51

John Barnes, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

10
Stranger On the Shore
00:02:53

Acker Bilk, Composer, Writer - Herb Alpert, MainArtist - Robert Mellin, Composer, Writer

© 2015 Herb Alpert Presents ℗ 2015 Herb Alpert Presents

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The unbelievable sales success of this record is a testament to Herb Alpert's extraordinary ability to keep his ear to the ground -- no doubt aided by his position as vice-chairman and co-owner of A&M Records -- and adapt to the times. At a time when A&M's Janet Jackson was blazing up the charts, Alpert journeyed to Minneapolis and cut some tracks with Jackson's producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, producing the others himself in a mostly similar techno-pop vein. Presto!, three Top Ten R&B singles came out of the album, "Keep Your Eye on Me," "Making Love in the Rain," and the number one hit "Diamonds." The flashy, trashy "Diamonds" no doubt was aided on its rush up the charts by Jackson and Lisa Keith's bouncy lead vocals; it's really their record and that of Jam and Lewis, despite Alpert's top billing. Jackson and Keith also take the lead in the simple-minded lyrics of "Making Love in the Rain," which nevertheless has a haunting effect accented by Alpert's muted musings through an electronic gauze. At first, this seems like a gleaming digital machine of a record, loaded with repetitive sampling effects and drum machines churning out that ubiquitous '80s backbeat. But the techno stuff gradually gives way to Alpert's humane trumpet, which in a touching valentine to the '60s on Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," is eventually allowed to soar unimpeded over the electronics.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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