Merry Christmas Music ~ Original RCA Camden release
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'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Words by Clement Clarke Moore
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
 
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 circa 1946 ~ 47, New York ( date not-listed )
 
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
 
Original Vinyl Version
 
RCA CAMDEN CCD-660 BMG MUSIC 1987
BMG SPECIAL MUSIC CAD1-660 1992
PAIR RECORDS 660
Original Issue 1961 Camden LP Compilation released as CAL-660
 
The first 8 tracks were recorded between May 5th and June 22nd, 1953, and first released in the RCA Victor 10" LP "Around The Christmas Tree" LPM-3133 excluding one track recorded during these sessions, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", which was released as a single on the flip side of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". This album was produced by Henri René with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus ( the Chorus was probably conducted by Ray Charles and may have included what came to be known as The Ray Charles Singers ). Recordings were made at RCA Victor Studio 2 and the Manhattan Center, New York City.
 
All of the recordings from 1946 were included within the original 78 rpm RCA Victor Musical Smart Set also titled "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music". Perry recorded these songs with Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers on "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town". In 1947 he recorded "White Christmas" with Lloyd Shafer's Orchestra and this song replaced "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in future album compilations. This set was released in various formats including the 1951 10" RCA Victor LP  LPM-3023 with the same title. Recordings were made at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City.
 
The 1956 12" LP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" combined both the 1951 and 1953 10" LP releases within one compilation but still excluded the track "O Little Town of Bethlehem" which had been dropped in 1947. In 1961 this album was re-released on the RCA Camden label and dropped one additional track, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town". The 1987 compact disc release was a duplication of the RCA Camden re-issue. Perry's 1953 recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was never released in any other format than the original single.
 
Album notes for the original compilation were by Robert Prestegaard but these were excluded from the compact disc release.
 
Sings Merry Christmas Music  LPM-3023 circa 1951Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Sings Merry Christmas Music  LPM-1243 circa 1956Sings Merry Christmas Music ~ 1961 Camden release
 
LPM-3023 1951 10" LP Included 1946 & 1947 tracks excluding "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
LPM-3133 1953 10" LP "AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE" Included first 8 tracks
LPM-1243 1956 12" LP Included all tracks excluding "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
CAL-660(e) 1961 12" LP Deleted 2 Tracks as Listed
 
 WARNING:   The RCA Camden Label was established in 1957 as a value-for-money "budget" compilation release. The label was purposely designed for sale at very low "affordable" prices. While it was claimed that the quality of these releases were not being compromised, the facts clearly show this not to be the case. Common sense clearly suggests that it's impossible ( pardon the pun ) to maintain the same engineering standards for a budget release label such as RCA Camden as compared with the premium RCA Victor label. In 1957 this may have been reasonably possible but with the advent of stereo recordings, and higher technical standards, this claim became increasingly difficult to maintain. By 1960 the number of tracks contained within the average Camden album was reduced from 12 to 10 and for stereo Camden releases it wasn't uncommon for some tracks to be reprocessed from monaural masters to simulate stereo. In general, Camden releases are remastered from second generation sources and that continues to be the case even today within compact disc compilations. While some RCA Camden compilations can be very good, as were a number of Perry's original Camden albums, it is an unusual occurrence.

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