The Many Moods of Christmas with Perry Como
The Perry Como Christmas Album ~ 1968

      The Perry Como Christmas Album

It would be easy to say that this was Perry's finest Christmas album but that would be over simplified. His first collection of Christmas songs was recorded in 1946 and to compare them with the technology available years later is unfair. His first full stereo Christmas album was recorded in 1959 and it was so good that to follow it up would be a challenge. However, this 1968 production by Andy Wiswell with Nick Perito conducting and the Ray Charles Singers does just that and they do it superbly. The RCA label has never released a comprehensive collection of Perry's Christmas songs but should they ever do so the comparisons will be remarkable and to the discredit of none ~ whether it be Perry's earliest recording of "There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas" or the one included within these sessions many years later.

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Recorded July 9th ~ August 6th, 1968

Album Sessions for "The Perry Como Christmas Album" LSP-4016 WPRS 5624/25
 
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito with The Ray Charles Singers,
Session One:  Recorded in  Webster Hall, New York City
Session Two:  Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City ( remakes )
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley and Ray Hall ( Session One )
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson ( Session Two )

July 9th, 1968

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   WPA1-5612  Take 10
( The ) Little Drummer Boy  WPA1-5613  Take 17

July 12th, 1968  ( Engineer: Ed Begley )

Do You Hear What I Hear?  WPA1-5614  Take 6
O Holy Night  WPA1-5615  Take 8   
Silver Bells  WPA1-5616  Take 6

July 17th, 1968

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas  WPA1-5612  Take 17 
( The ) Little Drummer Boy   WPA1-5613  Take 25 
Ave Maria ( Franz Schubert )  WPA1-5617  Take 5 

July 23rd, 1968   ( Engineer: Ray Hall )

There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas   WPA1-5618  Take 8  
Carol Medley  WPA1-5619  Take 20
(a) Caroling, Caroling
(b) The First NoŽl
(c) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(d) Silent Night

         August 1st, 1968  ( Engineer: Bob Simpson )

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   WPA1-5612  Take 24 ( REMAKE )
Silver Bells  WPA1-5616  Take 7  ( REMAKE )
Ave Maria ( Franz Schubert )   WPA1-5617    Take 8  ( REMAKE )
Carol Medley  WPA1-5619  Take 25 ( REMAKE )
(a) Caroling, Caroling
(b) The First NoŽl
(c) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(d) Silent Night

         August 3rd, 1968  ( Engineer: Bob Simpson )

( The ) Little Drummer Boy   WPA1-5613   Take 31 ( REMAKE )
Do You Hear What I Hear?  WPA1-5614  Take 10  ( REMAKE )
O Holy Night  WPA1-5615 Take 16 ( REMAKE )
There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas  WPA1-5618  Take 11  ( REMAKE )

August 6th, 1968  ( Engineer: Bob Simpson )

Some Children See Him    WPA1-5620  Take 8  ( NOT RELEASED )
Christmas Eve  WPA1-5621  Take 11
Toyland   WPA1-5622  Take 8
Christ is Born  WPA1-5623  Take 17
Down with Dynagroove!

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