Around the Christmas TreePerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Perry Como
Around The Christmas Tree
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
and String Ensemble
Produced by Henri René
RCA VICTOR 45 EPA 496 ( E3PW-1482/3 )

        Side One

'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement Clarke Moore with original music by Ray Charles
With String Ensemble directed by Mitchell Ayres
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Christmas Music
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus

        Side Two

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional Christmas Music
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
Music by Eddy Arnold and lyrics by Jenny Lou Carson, 1949
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Perry's 1953 album "All Around the Christmas Tree" was released simultaneously within two
companion 45 RPM Extended Play albums each with four songs. One had the same title and the
other was titled "Christmas Joy" with both of them released as a cut-out Christmas ornament which
could be hung on the tree. In 1956 all of these songs were combined with "Merry Christmas Music"
to form the larger version 12" LP format having a total of sixteen songs. This album was later
re-released in 1961 within the budget RCA Camden Series. The Camden release deleted 
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" lowering the song count to fifteen. With this deletion, there were
now two songs missing from the original "Merry Christmas Music" Musical Smart Set, the other being
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" which had been dropped in 1947 in favour of "White Christmas".
The compact disc release in 1987 was an exact replication of the 1961 RCA Camden album. 
All tracks in this compilation were monaural.
Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate cover

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