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".
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is mostly split on all seams with some clear tape repair, spot of crayon, light surface wear.)