When one considers how many
records Perry Como has made in his forty-five-year career, it is
extraordinary to think that this one
recorded at the age of sixty-eight
may be his best yet. Como's manner has always been laidback and easygoing;
and when he has opened up and reached out a bit, as on his early hit
"Temptation", he hasn't had to go very far to impress a
On "Live On Tour"
( taken from three successive nights at the Mill Run Theatre in Niles,
Ill. ) re retains the effortless quality that has been his hallmark, a
quality that a young Bing Crosby shared but lost control of in middle age.
Como has it down better now than ever ( listen to "Where ort
When" ), his voice sounder richer, fuller, and more controlled than
it did thirty years ago. His projection, particularly on
"Temptation", does not just come from a good microphone.
Experience is a wonderful thing when the instrument stays in shape.
In addition, this record is a model of
live performance and recording. The sound is vital and completely rounded,
and the orchestra's superb renderings of Nick Perito's arrangements give
the show a marvellous sense of presence.
There are things one can quibble
about. Como's exchanges with the audience may have worked in the theatre,
but they are not something one wants to hear every time you play the
record. And toward the end
some huskiness begins to cloud his voice. But Sinatra is three years
younger and sounds that way when he begins a show. Como never quite
achieved the adulation of Crosby or Sinatra
perhaps he has found a way to grow older more gracefully than they.
John S. Wilson
HIGH FIDELITY MAGAZINE 1981
Live On Tour
at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July, 1980
RCA VICTOR AQL1-3826
by Mike Berniker
by Nick Perito with Vocal Arrangements by Ray Charles
Engineer: Mike Moran
Engineer: Mike Posner.
at the Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois, July 29, 30,