|The songs in this
album are a cross-section of the requests that Perry Como
sings on his weekly TV show. The style is relaxed, the
backgrounds ( by a section of the Mitchell Ayres'
orchestra known during the recording sessions as "Como's
Little Combo" ) are light and
easy, and Perry's singing is, as always, superb.
This album was compiled with recordings made between June 1956 and February 1957 with nine of the twelve tracks taken from the latter sessions. Tracks from the February 1957 sessions are likely mastered from two track binaural originals. Some binaural recordings from this era have inadvertently been released in recent years but historically the labels have denied their existence because they were never intended for stereo release. This particular album is somewhat unique among all of Mr. Como's recordings for it's relaxed style, low-key jazz like quality, a format which was never repeated again quite the same way in any of his subsequent recording sessions. Although the album did not lack for popularity within the United States, it has always held a strong international following and has been duplicated several times in other countries.
The recordings within this set would benefit considerably from a real stereo mix-down from the two-track binaural masters and, hopefully, the label owner may one day be encouraged to do just this. Even in monaural, however, these recordings hold their ground among Mr. Como's most interesting sessions. Prior to the time of these recordings, albums tended to be compilations of individual recordings done at one time or another. Although some may argue that Mr. Como's 1955 album "So Smooth" was recorded in this fashion, it is clearly this 1957 album which marked a real change in album "sessions" recordings that would become the standard from then on. Beginning in 1958, all of Perry's future albums, excluding compilations, were recorded in a dedicated session and following a common theme.
Engineering and production information for this album is currently unknown.
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