It Hurts Me To Say This...
I grew up hearing a lot of Al Hirt. My grandparents had a couple of albums when I was little, and later, as a trumpet player, I checked out a lot of his material.
This is one of those albums that (in my head) I justify with the thought that he had to be recording it to make the record company happy (read: sell some discs to middle America*) so he could also make the New Orleans jazz-influenced discs that are the better side of his recording career. This album is schmaltz personified.
*It worked, to a certain extent - the album reached #39 in 1966 on the Billboard album charts.
Al Hirt -They're Playing Our Song
- "I Had the Craziest Dream" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
- "Paper Doll" (Johnny S. Black)
- "You'll Never Know" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
- "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
- "The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" (Georges Auric, William Engvick)
- "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer)
- "There! I've Said It Again" (Redd Evans, David Mann)
- "I've Heard That Song Before" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn)
- "I'll Get By " (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)
- "Deep Purple" (Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
- "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (Louiguy, Jacques Larue, Mack David)
- "I'll Be Seeing You" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal)