November 28th, 2010
Happy Holidays 2010! As has become a tradition on keithhirsch.com, I thought I would kick off another holiday season by featuring an early Christmas CD. This year, we have a Japanese pressing of the 1968 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass classic Christmas Album. This CD was released by A&M in the U.S. under catalog number CD 3113. The album is a nice mix of traditional Christmas songs that everyone knows, such as “Jingle Bells” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, as well as a few that you may not be familar with, like “Las Mañanitas” and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. The album has 10 Christmas songs in all.
This early CD was pressed in Japan by Denon, as evidenced by the dot-matrix matrix code in the mirror band. The disc and back insert bear the “AM+ Audio Master Plus Series” logo, which was used on early A&M CD releases. If you are in search of this album in time for the holidays, note that there are later U.S. pressings that were issued under the same catalog number and are more readily available than the Japanese pressing. A remaster is also in print from Shout! Factory.
Shown below is the cover and back insert for the original U.S. issue of Christmas Album, as well as the Japanese Denon pressing. As with other early Herb Alpert CD issues, this Japanese pressing is rather difficult to find in my experience.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
The cover for Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Christmas Album (A&M, catalog number CD 3113).
The back insert for Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Christmas Album (A&M, catalog number CD 3113). Note the production credits below the track list citing the founders of A&M records, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. As can be seen in the lower right corner, this insert was printed in the U.S. The back insert bears the “AM+ Audio Master Plus Series” logo in the lower left corner, which was used on early A&M CD releases.
The Japanese Denon pressing of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Christmas Album made for the U.S. market (A&M, catalog number CD 3113). The disc bears the typical Denon dot-matrix matrix code font in the mirror band. The matrix code is “CD-3113 1A6 69”. Note that “Made in Japan” is printed above the catalog number at 6 o’clock. Also note the AM+ logo at 6 o’clock.