Around the Christmas Tree ~ RCA Victor 45 EPA-496God Rest Ye Merry, GentlemenPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Traditional Christmas Music
           First recording 1953: 
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
Produced by Henri René
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording Time 3:32
Recorded May 26, 1953   ~  Matrix No. E3VB-1355 Take 1 - 1A
1953 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78/45RPM-20/47-6321-B ( E3VW-1355 ) ( Christmas 1955 )
Single Flip Side: "( There's No Place Like ) Home for the Holidays"
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0812
Single Flip Side: "( There's No Place Like ) Home for the Holidays"
Original issue: "Around the Christmas Tree" LPM-3133 and "Around the Christmas Tree" 45-EPA-496 MONO 1953
Album reissue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-1243 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM DOUBLE EP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" EPB-1243 MONO 1956
Album: RCA-AUSTRALIA EP "Joy to the World" RCA MONO ( ?? ) 1957
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP  "Merry Christmas" SP-45-35 MONO 1958
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAL-660 MONO 1961
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS (e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1964
Re-issue: Pickwick-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CDS-1045 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1972
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS (e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christmas Music ~ EPB 1243Joy to the World
Merry Christmas from your RCA Victor Record DealerMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate cover
Merry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden Reissue

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Note: a number of Perry's original RCA Camden albums were 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 RCA General Manager George R. Marek's original mission statement for RCA Camden recordings in 1958.
           Second recording 1959: 
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 2:54
Recorded July 14, 1959   ~  Matrix No. K2PB 4549  Take 1 & 2 
1959 Lyrics
Orchestra Session
MORNING 10:00AM TO 2:00 PM 
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Musicians AF of M Contract #8132
Chorus Contractor: Ray Charles
Others: T.B.A.
Choir ~ Lois Winter, Sue Singleton, Trudy Packer, Muriel Shaw, Bernice Massi, Joyce DeYoung, Ann Ryan McCord, Rosemarie Jun, Alan Sokoloff, Bob Miller, Bob Spiro, Dave Vogel, Dean Parker, Earl Rodgers, Dave Starkey, Tom Motto, Herb Davidson, Bob Hartman, Leonard Stea, Lee Book
Stereo Compact 33 Double release: RCA VP-4-2066 ( M2PO-5362 1S )
Single Flip Side: "Here We Come A-Caroling"
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Seasons Greetings from Perry Como" LSP-2066 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA UK-LP12 "The Songs of Christmas" SF-5045 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA-COMPACT 33 DOUBLE "Seasons Greetings from Perry Como" VP-2006 STEREO 1961
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Home for the Holidays" PRS-273 STEREO 1968
Album issue: RCA-CAMDEN-LP12 "Christmas Greetings" PICKWICK UK CDS-1113 STEREO 1972/76
Album issue: Pure Gold-LP12 "Season's Greetings" CANADA KNL1-7045 STEREO 1976
Album issue: RCA-JAPAN-LP12 "The Perry Como Christmas Album" SRA-5032 STEREO 1976
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 STEREO 1979
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959Home for the Holidays ~ compilation circa 1968
Christmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK CamdenSeason's Greetings Pure Gold ~ circa 1976Perry Como Christmas Album ~ JapanThe Perry Como Christmas Collection

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