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Perry Como: Complete RCA Christmas Collection [Box]

Track List

>That Christmas Feeling - (mono, featuring Russ Case & His Orchestra)
>I'll Be Home for Christmas - (mono, featuring Russ Case & His Orchestra)
>Silent Night - (mono)
>O Come All Ye Faithful - (mono)
>Jingle Bells - (mono, featuring Russ Case & His Orchestra)
>O Little Town of Bethlehem - (mono)
>Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - (mono, featuring Russ Case & His Orchestra/Satisfiers)
>Winter Wonderland - (mono, featuring Russ Case & His Orchestra/Satisfiers)
>White Christmas - (mono, featuring Lloyd Shaffer's Orchestra)
>Ave Maria - (mono)
>Story of the First Christmas: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Come, Come, Come to the Manger/The First Noel/O Come All Ye Faithful/We Three Kings of Orient Are/Silent Night, The - (mono)
>There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>Christmas Symphony, The - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Fontane Sisters)
>T'was the Night Before Christmas - (mono)
>Twelve Days of Christmas - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>Joy to the World - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>Frosty the Snowman - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>Christmas Song, The (Merry Christmas to You) - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra)
>Perry Como Radio Intro, Pt. 1
>Perry Como Radio Intro, Pt. 2
>I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays - (mono, featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>Ave Maria
>(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>Winter Wonderland - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra)
>Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra)
>Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>White Christmas - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>Here We Come a-Caroling/We Wish You a Merry Christmas - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus)
>O Holy Night [Cantique de Noel] - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Story of the First Christmas: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Come, Come Come to the Manger/We Three Kings of Orient Are/Silent Night, The - (featuring Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra/The Ray Charles Singers)
>Christmas Bells
>Love Is a Christmas Rose
>Christmas Eve - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Do You Hear What I Hear - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Christ Is Born - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Little Drummer Boy, The - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>O Holy Night - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Medley: Caroling, Caroling/The First Noel/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Silent Night - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Silver Bells - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Toyland - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Ave Maria - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Some Children See Him - (featuring The Ray Charles Singers)
>Christmas Dream - (featuring London Boys Singers)
>I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Richard Carpenter .

Perry Como's voice was like baritone honey, and his tone and phrasing when he sang always carried an intimate clarity, always soothing, reassuring, calm, and joyous somehow, no matter the song. Como was simply born to sing Christmas songs. RCA Records (then Victor Records) signed Como in 1943, and beginning in 1946, started issuing various holiday singles from Como as 78s, up through 1951. As the recording industry changed and 45s, EPs, and LPs became the standard, RCA continued the practice, up through Como's last Christmas single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever," which was released in 1981. When all was said and done, and with a handful of radio promos and television performances mixed in, RCA was left with a pretty large Christmas catalog from Como, enough to fill three albums. Complete with an essay and annotations from Richard Carpenter (of the Carpenters), RCA originally released this set in a limited edition in 2010 -- it quickly sold out. Once again, Como was born to sing Christmas songs. Luckily he left a lot of them, and luckily this archival set collects them and is finally widely available. ~ Steve Leggett



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