One of the greatest instrumental Christmas albums of all time – a non-stop swinging affair from the legendary AlvinoRey – recorded under his Ira Ironstrings tag while under contract to Capitol under his real name! The style here is a weird mix of the swinging bachelor pad styles you'd know from Rey's Capitol albums, and a bit more of a jazz-based touch – often with a few bits of trad instrumentation thrown in, but not in the usual dixie-based way. There's plenty of playful moments throughout – odd sounds, unusual use of common instruments, and a all-out sense of whimsy that really lives up to the joy of the season – and which completely transforms tunes like "Let It Snow", "Sleigh Ride", "Frosty The Snowman", and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" – as well as original tunes like "Skater's Nightmare", "Jingle Bells Stomp", and "Christmas Is For The Birds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is mostly split on all seams with some clear tape repair, spot of crayon, light surface wear.)
Although their name might make you think of these guys as a guitar instrumental combo, they're actually a great little exotic group – one who plays in a mode that's a heck of a lot like Martin Denny at his best! There's a highly percussive approach to the tracks that's very much in the best spirit of the smaller exotica groups of the time – one that uses vibes and lots of percussion instruments to really get the sound right. But at another level, the Surfmen actually even go things one better – by sparely using organ and electric guitar to add some even more interesting touches to the tunes – not much at all, but just enough to give the group their own sound, and to make this record one that really stands out from the pack. And once you find out that the Surfmen actually includes work by Paul Horn, Emil Richards, AlvinoRey, and Milt Holland – it's easy to see why the sound of the record is so great! Titles include "Bali Hai", "Jungle Romance", "Forbidden Island", "Tahiti Sunrise", "Moonlight In Paradise", and "Moon Of Manakoora". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams and some discoloration from age.)
With Art Anton on drums; Don Bagley on bass; AlvinoRey on console guitar; Ray Starling, Dwight Carver, Carl Saunders, and Gene Roland on mellophoniums; Newell Parker, Bob Fitzpatrick, and Dee Barton on trombones; Jim Amlotte on bass trombone; Dave Wheeler on bass trombone and tuba; and Mike Pacheco on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear and some discoloration from age.)
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