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Al “He’s The King” Hirt was a New Orleans musical legend who had millions of fans the world over thanks to his brilliant horn playing style and overall gentle giant appearance, which would afford him massive exposure for over five decades in the entertainment business. Growing up in the sixties, it was almost impossible not to see Al Hirt on some weekly television variety show, or hear one of his latest hit songs on the radio, or hear his music in movies and hit TV programs like The Green Hornet. His music and appeal were universal. Hipsters dug Al, little children listened to Al, teenagers danced to Al, mardi-gras revelers partied to Al, our parents bought Al Hirt albums in the droves, and fellow jazz and pop musicians loved the man. He truly was one of the greats and his music is still in demand today. In 1965, Al Hirt and producer Jim Fogelsong went into the RCA Studios in Nashville to cut the seasonal holiday favorite album The Sound Of Christmas which would feature not only newer Christmas standards like Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song or Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, but some very poignant and heart touching traditional favorites like The First Noel and his world famous interpretation of the classic Ave Maria, which he also reprised in a live performance for the late Pope John Paul II in 1987 when his Excellency visited New Orleans. The album’s lengthy 14 tracks also brought more fame to the big man when his cool take on the holiday classic Jingle Bells hit the sales and holiday charts with his classic Nutty Jingle Bells. Even more up tempo Christmas music abounds with the jazz tinged Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, the hilarious I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (yes, that’s Al making the horn kissing sounds) and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
If you are looking to cozy up to the fire with your special someone, you will find some true Christmas solace with the beautiful balladry of his interpretation of everyone’s favorite, Silver Bells. Al was known for his stellar horn tone and mechanics of the instrument which haven’t been duplicated since, and it shows with some of the finest traditional Christmas song choices which encompassed all of side two on The Sound Of Christmas. Check out the sweet sounds of O Holy Night which celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the peaceful redemption of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. More of these religious classics continue with his brilliant We Three Kings/The First Noel medley and of course the solemn What Child Is This? This amazing album has been out of circulation for many decades that is until now... Relayer Friday Music is very proud to continue our Christmas Original Master Series with another holiday classic with Al Hirt’s fantastic The Sound Of Christmas/The Deluxe Anniversary Edition. The original LP is now remastered impeccably by Joe “Santa Claus” Reagoso and his elves at Friday Music Studios and features not only the wonderful album and all its great songs but some very rare artwork and Al Hirt memorabilia not seen in decades. As an added Christmas present for you, the good folks at RCA Records dug deep into their gift bag and found us the extremely rare double-sided Chet Atkins’ produced hit single Hooray For Santa Claus from the movie Santa Claus Conquers The Martians and the sweet melancholy sounds of Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas, which closes out this wonderful Al Hirt Deluxe Anniversary Edition compact disc.