Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music - 1957 RCA Victor compilationPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
PERRY COMO 
SINGS
MERRY 
CHRISTMAS 
MUSIC
RCA VICTOR LPM-1243 ( G2PP-4127/28 )
MONAURAL LONG PLAY
ASSEMBLED IN 1956

        Side One ~ recordings circa 1953

'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
 
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional Christmas Music
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
 
C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
Music by Eddy Arnold and lyrics by Jenny Lou Carson, 1949
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
 
Joy To The World
Words and Music by Isaac Watts and George F. Handel
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
 
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks , 1949
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
 
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, 1950
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
 
( The ) Christmas Song ( Merry Christmas To You )
Music by Mel Tormé and lyrics by Robert Wells, 1946
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra

        Side Two ~ recordings circa 1946 / 47

That Christmas Feelin'
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
Words and Music by Bennie Benjamin and George Weiss
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
 
I'll Be Home For Christmas
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
Words and Music by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram
With Russ Case, his Orchestra and Chorus
 
Silent Night
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
Words and Music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
With Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
 
O Come All Ye Faithful ( Adeste Fideles )
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
Latin Hymn translated by Frederick Oakeley
With Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
 
Jingle Bells
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
Words and Music by J.S. Pierpoint
With Russ Case, his Orchestra and Chorus
 
White Christmas ~ added in 1947
Words and Music by Irving Berlin, 1942
With Mixed Chorus and Lloyd Shaffer's Orchestra
Recorded July 10, 1947, New York
 
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town ~ dropped in 1961
Words and Music by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots , 1934
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
With Russ Case and his Orchestra and The Satisfiers
 
Winter Wonderland
Words and Music by Felix Bernard and Dick Smith
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
With Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers
 
O Little Town of Bethlehem ~ dropped in 1947
Words and Music by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
~ from the Musical Smart Set "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music"
With Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case

        Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music - 1957 RCA Victor compilation

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Released on Compact Disc

Side One

~ with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus and String Ensemble
Produced by Henri René
Original Release 1953 in 10" LP format RCA Victor album "Around the Christmas Tree" RCA Victor LPM-3133

Released simultaneously as two 45 RPM Extended Play Albums EPA-496, titled

"Around the Christmas Tree," and EPA-497, titled "Christmas Joy" in 1953.

           Side Two

~ with Russ Case and His Orchestra, Organ and Mixed Choir, recorded August 1, 6, 20 and 22, 1946.
This set was released in several formats under the title "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music. "
The original compilation included "O Little Town of Bethlehem" , recorded during the 1946 sessions, which was substituted in the 1951 compilation, RCA Victor LPM-3023, with Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas," recorded with Lloyd Shaffer and His Orchestra.
In 1961, the RCA Victor album was re-released as RCA Camden CAL-660 excluding the 1946 version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town ( with the Satisfiers ) " With the release of the RCA Camden version, two of the original 1946 tracks were now withdrawn from commercial release.
Note: the RCA Camden release was later issued in Electronically Reprocessed Stereo during the mid-1960s when it became important for recordings to be available in a stereo format. Generally speaking, results were not very good but this was largely dependent on the remastering engineer. Oddly, a number of recordings previously recorded in real stereo were also remastered in this "fake" stereo for reasons assumed to be associated with the project budget but, nevertheless, in direct contradiction to G. R. Marek's original mission statement for RCA Camden recordings in 1958.

Merry Christmas Music ~ LPM 3023 circa 1951Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Merry Christmas Music ~ 1961 Camden re-releaseMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate cover

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