Perry Como Twin PackPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Perry Como Twin Pack

RCA  NL 43047( 2 )
ASSEMBLED 1979 RCA UK 
NOTES: GORDON GRAY

         disc 1 — Side One

Snowbird
Words and Music by Gene MacLellan, 1970
 
( They Long to Be ) Close to You
Music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David , 1970
 
When I Fall in Love
~ featured in the 1957 film "Istanbul"       
Music by Victor Young and lyrics by Edward Heyman, 1952
 
The Sweetest Sounds
~ from the Stage musical "No Strings"
Words and Music by Richard Rodgers, 1962
 
Once Upon a Time
~ from the 1962 Stage musical "All American"
Music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams
 
I Think I Love You
Words and Music by Tony Romeo, 1970
 
For All We Know ( from the Motion Picture "Lovers and Other Strangers" )
Music by Fred Karlin 
with lyrics by Arthur James and Robb Wilson, 1970
 
Moon River
~ from the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer

        disc 1 — Side Two

Can't Help Falling In Love
Words and Music by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore ( Hugo & Luigi )
 
Something
Words and Music by George Harrison
 
Funny How Time Slips Away
Words and Music by Willie Nelson, 1962
 
Dream On Little Dreamer
Words and Music by Jan Crutchfield and Fred Burch
 
My Cup Runneth Over ( from the Broadway musical "I Do! I Do!" )
Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones
 
The Way We Were
Music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman , 1973
 
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Words and Music by Stevie Wonder
 
It All Seems To Fall Into Line
Music by Ben Weisman and lyrics by Al Stillman

        disc 2 — Side Three

There's a Kind of Hush  
Words and Music by David Leslie Reed and Geoff Stevens, 1966
 
The Very Thought of You
Words and Music by Ray Nobel, 1934
 
No Other Love
from the 1953 Stage Musical "Me and Juliet"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
 
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
 
Meditation ( Meditaçao )
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim with original lyrics by Newton Mendonça, 1963
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel , 1966
 
If ( Gates )
Words and Music by David A. Gates
 
Love Letters
~ from the 1945 Paramount film "Love Letters"
Music by Victor Young and lyrics by Edward Heyman, 1945
 
What's New ?
Music by Bob Haggart with lyrics by Johnny Burke 1939

        disc 2 — Side Four

Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars ( Corcovado )
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Gene Lees and Buddy Kaye
 
The Most Beautiful Girl
Words and Music by Rory Bourke, Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson
 
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
 
It's Easy To Remember
~ from the 1935 Paramount film "Mississippi"
Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart 1935
 
They Can't Take That Away From Me
~ from the MGM film "The Barkley's of Broadway"
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics Ira Gershwin
 
'Deed I Do
Music by Fred Rose 
and lyrics by Walter Hirsch, 1926
 
More Than You Know
from the 1929 musical production "Great Day"
Music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu
 
Days of Wine and Roses
~ from the 1962 film "Days of Wine and Roses"
Music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, 1962
 
RCA UK Limited Record Division
1 Bedford Avenue, London WC1
Ganton House, 14-22 Ganton Street
London W1V 1LB ENGLAND
Re-mastering Engineer: [unknown]
Compilation / Sequencing Gordon Gray
Original Compilation Release 1979
 
Perry Como Twin Pack
 
This album could easily be sub-titled 'Como Sings the Great Songwriters'. Just look at some of the names - Richard Rodgers, Henry Mancini, Victor Young, George Gershwin, Ray Noble, Vincent Youmans - these are just some of the long established ones, whilst in the contemporary field there are Stevie Wonder, Paul Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach, and George Harrison.

Each song is a choice example of their craftsmanship at its best, and Perry's voice lays warm and mellow on every line of every song as only his voice can. Certainly many of the world's great standards are here, such as Moon River, When I fall in Love, The Very Thought Of You, The Way We Were, If, and so many more, but also a few that we don't hear too much of these days. Sleepy Time Gal for instance, given a lazily swinging treatment that sounds so right.

Bob Haggart, who had a minor claim to fame when he whistled on the recording of his song Big Noise From Winnetka - a hit from the swing era - composed What's New originally as a trumpet solo for Billy Butterfield. Written by a jazzman and recorded over the years by countless other jazz musicians and singers, the song still retains those influences in the natural, slightly poignant way Perry interprets Johnny Burke's appropriately cool and classy lyric. He is aided first by some exquisite guitar work then later by an elegantly muted trumpet against satin strings. 

Once Upon a Time, composed by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Lee Adams, was one of the more enduring aspects of 'All American', which despite having a book by Mel Brooks, being directed by Joshua Logan, and starring Ray Bolger, only managed 80 performances at New York's Winter Garden Theatre in 1962. Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Me & Juliet', from which comes No Other Love, fared rather better, running for 358. Rodgers however originally composed this tune for an episode of the Television series 'Victory at Sea'. It drew a significant response from the public, which prompted Rodgers to extend its use, and perhaps include in in a new show score. Oscar Hammerstein II did the rest.

Listening to The Very Thought of You is a reminder that the great British band leader Ray Nobel was composing this classic standard at around the time another band leader, Freddy Carlone, was giving Perry Como his professional break. As with so many popular singers who have stayed the course, those early ears of hard slog with the bands proved to be a most valuable foundation for career building. Some ten years later though, with the break up of the Ted Weems band, with whom he'd been singing, a return to the barber shop business was under serious consideration when, as so often happens, came the big turning point. An offer of his own radio show and an RCA Victor recording contract. Two years into the contract and still no hit; then, the spectacular breakthrough. Till The End Of Time and If I Loved You were the songs which, in 1945 gave him two million-selling records. The following year saw him achieve even bigger sales volume. That was the beginning; many more hits were to follow. And through them all, and through any changes of style or fashion that were going on around him, he maintained his total individuality.

This compilation has tried to deliberately steer clear of his hit recordings, concentrating instead on marvelous songs, many of which have stood every conceivable test of time. Nor are they all exclusively ballads. Deed I Do, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Swingin' Down The Lane ( with a beautifully tight, soft jazz small group accompanying ) all suggest that when he wants to Perry can do his share of swinging. Warm and Mellow, that's the overall feeling. Good songs, good musicians. And Perry Como. A magical combination.

Gordon Gray 1979

 
 
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