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Ira Ironstrings Plays Santa Claus – Christmas Music For Those Who Have Heard Everything

LP (Item 922654) Warner, 1959 — Condition: Very Good+
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One of the greatest instrumental Christmas albums of all time – a non-stop swinging affair from the legendary Alvino Rey – 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".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the center of the spine.)

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

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