Perry Como ~ We Get Letters 1957
 
We Get Letters - 1957
 
RCA VICTOR LPM-1463 ( H2PP-1710/11 )
RCA UK RD-27035
NEW-ORTHOPHONIC MONAURAL
SEPTEMBER 1957
Recorded at Webster Hall
and RCA Victor Studio's  2 & 3, New York City
A&R Producer Ed O. Welker
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & "Como's Little Combo"
All tracks are monaural

        Side One

Swingin' Down the Lane  ( Mel Davis, Trumpet Solo )
~ featured in the 1951 Kahn biography "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Music by Isham Jones and lyrics by Gus Kahn , 1923
 
It's Easy To Remember
~ from the 1935 Paramount film "Mississippi"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart 1935
 
South of The Border
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy 
and Michael Carr, published 1939
 
That's What I Like
Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Hilliard 1954
 
Honey, Honey ( Bless Your Heart )
~ the lyricist for this song is Roselle ( Belline ) Como's nephew
Music by Larry Stock and lyrics by Dominick Belline
 
Angry  ( Abraham Richman, Tenor Sax Solo )
Music by Henry Brunies and Jules Cassard 
with lyrics by Dudley Mecum, 1925

        Side Two

They Can't Take That Away From Merecorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM
~ from the MGM film "The Barkley's of Broadway"
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics Ira Gershwin
 
Sposin'recorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM
~ featured in the 1948 film "Feudin' Fussin' and A-Fightin' "
Music by Paul Denniker and lyrics by Andy Razaf, 1929
 
I Had the Craziest Dream
from the 20th Century Fox film "Springtime in the Rockies"
Music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mack Gordon , 1942
 
'Deed I Do
Music by Fred Rose 
and lyrics by Walter Hirsch, 1926
 
Somebody Loves Merecorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM
~ featured in the 1955 film "Pete Kelly's Blues"
Music by George Gershwin 
and lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and B.G. DeSylva, 1924
 
Sleepy Time Gal
~ title song of the 1942 film "Sleepy Time Gal", 1925
Music by Ange Lorenzo and Richard A. Whiting 
with lyrics by Joseph R. Alden and Raymond B. Egan, 1925

         Unreleased recordings from these sessions:

It's Been a Long, Long Timerecorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM
~ featured in the Hollywood Musical "I'll Get By"
Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Sammy Cahn
 
If I Could Be With You  ( One Hour Tonight )recorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM
~ featured in the 1953 Hollywood musical "The Jazz Singer"
Music by Jimmy Johnson and lyrics by Henry Creamer , 1930
 
Recorded June 18th, 1956recorded June 18, 1956 ~ 12 Noon to 5 PM and February 12th, 19th, 1957
Album Release: September, 1957
          
          
 
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.

 

 Perry Como ~ We Get Letters original albumAn Evening With Perry Como ~ original albumAn Evening With Perry Como ~ UK release

        We Get Letters Vol. 1We Get Letters Vol. 2We Get Letters Vol. 3

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