I Believe - Original Long Play 1953

I Believe - Perry Como

RCA VICTOR LPM-3188 ( E3VL-4949/50 )
45 RPM EPB-3188 ( 547-0332 / 0333 )
1953 / 1954 
With Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Hugo Winterhalter & Mitchell Ayres
and Chorus under the direction of Ray Charles

        Side One

I Believe
Words and Music by Ervin Drake, 
Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman
Onward Christian Soldiers
Music by Arthur S. Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Adaptation by Norman Layden
Goodnight Sweet Jesus
Words and Music by Reverend James Curry
Act of Contrition
Traditional ~ Musical setting by Joseph J. Leahy

        Side Two

Eli, Eli
Traditional Jewish hymn in Hebrew
Adapted by George Sandler ( unverified )
Kol Nidrei
Traditional Jewish hymn in Hebrew
Nearer My God To Thee
Words and Music by Sarah F. Adams 
and Lowell Mason
Abide With Me
Music by William Henry Monk 
with lyrics by Henry Francis Lyte, 1861
Perry's first full length album of eight traditional hymns, produced by Charles Grean, was recorded in four sessions between September 24th and November 23rd, 1953.  This original album was later expanded in 1956 to included four additional tracks taken from single releases Perry had recorded between 1949 and 1950 and released previously within two 45 RPM Extended Play albums titled "Favorite Songs of Worship" EPA-293, released in 1952 and "Songs of Faith" EPA-410, released in 1953. The expanded album continued on general release for more than two decades. The compact disc released by BMG Special Products in 1999 titled "I Believe" is erroneously thought to be the 1953 compilation. It contains only two hymns from this album plus an alternate take version of "I Believe" conducted by Mitchell Ayres.  All tracks within these compilations were recorded and released only in monaural. Electronically reprocessed stereo versions are of dubious quality.
Perry Como ~ I Believe 10" LPM-3188  1953Perry Como ~ I Believe  LPM-1172 1956I Believe - 45 EPB Circa 1954

| 1956 LP Release | I Believe 1953 Sessions | Songs of Worship 1950 Sessions |

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