By the time that this compilation made it onto store shelves, Herb Alpert had undergone a significant transformation from being a producer and bandleader of the singular sounding Tijuana Brass to working behind the scenes runningA&M Records, the company he co-founded with Jerry Moss. The suitably named Four Sider contains two LPs -- or four sides -- of material from Alpert's back catalog. The higher ratio of well-chosen deep cut album tracks should appeal to those searching for an alternative to the typical "best-of" anthology. "The Lonely Bull" was the one that launched Alpert into the center ring and quickly established him as a formidable arranger with an ear toward hip and fresh interpretations of practically any musical genre. "Taste of Honey," the Allen Toussaint-penned "Whipped Cream," "Tijuana Taxi," and "This Guy's in Love with You" are all classic chart hits that are worthy of their respective inclusions. There is also a fair sampling of show tunes from the stage ("Hello, Dolly!" and "If I Were a Rich Man") to the screen ("Casino Royale" and "Last Tango in Paris"), plus the pop standards "More," "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Sunny," and Harry Nilsson's "Without Her." While the digital revolution has yielded longer and equally thorough Alpert collections, few (if any) have captured the purity of the artist's progression or the sheer sense of sonic panache that has all but defined him as clearly as Four Sider.
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AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer