Around the Christmas Tree ~ RCA Victor 45 EPA-496

'Twas the Night Before ChristmasPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Poem by Clement Clarke Moore with original music by Ray Charles  
 
With String Ensemble Directed by Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Henri René
 
Recorded RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 3:45
 
Recorded June 22, 1953   ~   Matrix No. E3VB-1601 Take 1 - 1A
1953 Lyrics
Single release: RCA Little Nipper "Blue" Junior Series WBY-43 45-RPM Blue Vinyl
Single release: RCA-78RPM "Perry for Kids" Y-487 & EYA-40
 
Single Flip Side: "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
 
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
Australia album: RCA-45RPM EP "Twas the Night Before Christmas" EP-20031 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
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1979
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS (e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
 
Twas the Night Before ChristmasAround the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Twas the Night Before Christmas
 
Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden
 
Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate coverThe Perry Como Christmas CollectionMerry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden Reissue The Night Before Christmas - Australian EP

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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.

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