listening to this album, it was a temptation to say,
"Here is Mr. Como at his best!" but quite
naturally,, we can't say that . . . simply because Mr.
Como is always at his best. And that's no accident.
Anyone who ever has been associated or worked with Perry will tell you that he is in all ways a true perfectionist. During his talented career in the many facets of show business he not only has employed the many tools of his musical trade, but has made it his credo to constantly keep them sharp. It is well known in the music business that Perry, besides having the voice, has the ear and the instinct to go with it. He can listen to the various instrumental sections as they are recording and balance them in his head. He can instantly tell when a studio or auditorium has a "live" response . . . a sound that will measure up to top quality.
Perry also has that wonderful faculty for making everyone who works with him, and yes, as you will hear in this album, even his audience, a part of the show. His relaxed and friendly attitude, his smooth and casual presentation, encourage everyone to participate in his performance.
This album is an excellent example of the Como charisma. It was recorded live and on the spot during his 1980 tour, where he played to S.R.O. audiences as he traveled his concert circuit of eight cities. From the opening timpani roll into the overture, Perry exhibits his unique talent for orchestrating everyone present into his act. As the album progresses, you will become aware that you are joining him in a sentimental and nostalgic journey through Como Land. This lyrical tour includes a variety of musical numbers that all bear the Como monogram a series of hit songs that have become synonymous with his name.
This album also includes a delightful medley of songs that are closely associated with a very special and dear friend of Perry's . . . the incomparable Mr. Bing Crosby.
There is also a change-of-pace segment where Perry sings an entertaining special-material number, after which he parries and kids with his enthusiastic audience in a fun and ad lib fashion.
But rather than continue to read about the content of this album we think you would rather be entertained by hearing it . . . So, put the record on your LP12 turntable, relax in your favorite chair, lean back in your front-row seat, close your eyes and . . . Dream Along with Perry.
Jim Lehner, 1981
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