Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zing Went The (Iron)strings Of My Heart

A lot of folks who talk about this album talk about it's "humor." Space Age Pop has a nice piece on Ironstrings (really King Sisters musical director Alvino Rey, who was under contract to a competitor label):
Like many of Warner's early albums, Ira Ironstrings' LPs are a treat inside and out. The comedy is light, not slapstick, and the music is produced and played with the kind of professionalism you'd expect of studio pros like Rey. Warren Barker, who also arranged several of Rey's Capitol albums, provided the arrangements, and the choice of tunes is far better than your average Dixieland record. And all the albums feature goofy liner notes that not only parody the usually stuffy format, but also make fun of Warner's practice of recommending albums on other labels.
I don't see it so much as funny (since my "funny" music tastes run more towards Weird Al) but simply lighthearted and high-spirited, much like I like my Christmas season. They don't make albums like this anymore, unfortunately.

This album has gotten a nice CD reissue:


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