~ recorded at Webster Hall NYC in 1968
for "The Perry Como Christmas Album"
With Orchestra conducted by Nick
Perito and The Ray Charles Singers
Original Music by Franz Schubert
in real stereo / all other tracks monaural
"He's Got the Whole World In His
Hands" and "All Through the Night" are released here in MONO
"The Lord's Prayer" is
released here in MONO only
CD RCA 07863 67978-2
1 Disc ~ 21 tracks time 59:44
Compilation produced by Paul
Williams for House of Hits Productions, Ltd.
Audio Restoration: Bill
Digital Transfers from
Original Tapes: Mike Hartry and Bill Lacey
Repertoire Selection and
Sequence: Buzz Ravineau
Tape Research: Paul
Art Direction and Design: Carrie
Photos: Michael Ochs Archives,Com
Essay: Joseph F. Laredo
The RCA Records Label is a
unit of BMG Entertainment.
Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment,
1540 Broadway, New York, New York, 10036-4098
United States of America.
CD ERRATA & ADDENDA
The abridged version of "Holy God We
Praise Thy Name" is a production error. The final release of this
traditional Roman Catholic hymn was recorded on June 29th, 1950, at The
Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City. The final recording time
was 2:43 whereas the actual recorded length contained within this compilation
is approximately 1:29 ending at the completion of only one verse. On the
original record release, verse two begins with singing by the St. Patrick's
Cathedral Boys Choir which is excluded here. The recording date listed here
within the notes is June 26th, 1950, which in all probability was a partial
take prior to the recording of the St. Patrick's Cathedral Boys Choir. Liner
notes indicate a recording length of 2:43 in contradiction to the actual
The majority of songs within this
compilation are taken from Perry's second full length stereophonic album
"When You Come to The End of the Day" LSP-1885 which was recorded in
RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City, on April 30, May 1, June 18, 19
and 23, 1958. The album was produced by Joe Reisman with Orchestra conducted
by Mitchell Ayres and The Ray Charles Singers. The Recording Engineer was Bob
Simpson who was destined to become a personal favourite of Perry for many
years following. This album is considered by many to be one of Perry's finest
vocal achievements flawlessly executed. Unfortunately, several songs from the
original album are excluded from this compilation while two of the released
songs are reproduced here in monaural only. In addition, there is a technical
glitch within the song "No Well On Earth" at the opening when Perry
first begins to sing, his voice moving from one side to centre. Several of the
recording dates listed within liner notes as 1956 are typos.
Six traditional hymns are from Perry's
1956 compilation album "I Believe" LPM-1172, an expanded version of
the original 1953 10" LP having the same title and sub-titled "Perry
Como Sings Songs of All Faiths", which also included Perry's 1949
versions of "The Lord's Prayer" and "Ave Maria".
This CD compilation includes the 1959 version of "The Lord's Prayer"
which Perry recorded with Mitchell Ayres and the Male Voices of the Robert
Shaw Chorale. Whilst Perry also recorded his second version of "Ave
Maria" at the same time, also with the Robert Shaw Chorale, the version
included here is strangely taken from "The Perry Como Christmas
Album" recorded in 1968 out of context with all other recordings included
here. Although the 1959 versions for both "The Lord's Prayer" and
"Ave Maria" were originally released in real stereo, subsequent
releases were electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo from monaural
masters. Unfortunately, Perry's version of "The Lord's Prayer"
included here is in monaural only. This would have been a wonderful
opportunity to have included both 1959 recordings in real stereo for the first
time since their original release.
Two of the tracks included within this
compilation were popular songs recorded by Perry in the early 1950s. One of
these, "Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning)" was composed by
Steve Allen and recorded by Perry in 1950 as opposed to 1960 as listed
within the liner notes. The other popular song, "Somebody Up
There Likes Me", was featured with the film of the same name starring
Paul Newman circa 1956. Neither of these songs are hymns or "Gospel
Music" in the traditional meaning.