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Crooners - Released May 21, 2001 | RCA Records Label

Perry Como Christmas features the vocalist's soothing renditions of 22 songs of the season. Alongside holiday standards as "The Christmas Song," "O Holy Night," and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" are equally enjoyable but lesser-heard cuts including "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever," "The Christmas Symphony," and "There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas." Any fan of Perry Como will want to add this disc to their holiday collection. ~ Al Campbell

Pop - Released April 1, 1968 | RCA - Legacy

Vocalist Perry Como's 16th studio album for RCA, 1968's Look to Your Heart, showcased the popular singer's mellow style. Look to Your Heart came on the heels of Como's equally well-received holiday effort, The Perry Como Christmas Album, and featured a set of romantic, heartfelt ballads. As with many Como efforts during the '60s, Look to Your Heart finds him backed throughout by lush, atmospheric orchestration. Also included are cuts Como recorded with the Ray Charles Singers, including "In These Crazy Times." Here, Como lends his distinctive burnished croon to such songs as "My Cup Runneth Over," "Sunrise Sunset," "When You're in Love," "You're Nearer," and others. [The 2015 Real Gone Music reissue of Look to Your Heart includes both alternate and previously unreleased tracks from the sessions.] ~ Matt Collar

Pop - Released August 8, 2014 | Legacy Recordings

Big-band pop crooner Perry Como was one of the first singers to take full advantage of the television medium when it charged across America in the late '40s, and as a result, he was RCA Victor's sugar daddy cash cow through the mid-'50s, selling millions of records. By the middle of the 1960s, though, the musical landscape, thanks to the Beatles and the British Invasion, had changed incredibly. Como didn't change, though, even if he modernized his songbook on occasion with songs that fit his warm, laid-back delivery. He had an unexpected left-field hit with Don McLean's "And I Love You So" in 1973, a song produced in Nashville by none other than Chet Atkins. Como traveled to Music City to work on an album with Atkins, and this set collects tracks from those and related sessions. It's not really country, or honky tonk, or anything like that, although Como certainly knows what to do with a good country love ballad. It's really more like Perry Como takes his thing to Nashville and records, and since everything falls into that easy, natural vocal style that was his signature, he didn't really need to put on the boots and the big hat. ~ Steve Leggett

Crooners - Released October 26, 2010 | RCA Records Label

The 51-track collection covers Perry Como's chart toppers originally recorded for RCA. Included are such Top Ten hits as "Hot Diggity (Dog Diggity Boom)," "Catch a Falling Star," "Magic Moments," "Kewpie Doll," and "More." Be advised that Essential Perry Como has the same track listing as the 1999 Greatest Hits package also on RCA. ~ Al Campbell

Crooners - Released September 16, 2008 | RCA Records Label

Perry Como hosted an hour-long program on NBC TV until 1963, the year that Songs I Love was released. A regular feature of the show was that Como would croon a favorite song while seated on a distinctive set that spelled out "Mr. C." A photo of the set adorns the cover of Songs I Love, and the album aims to reproduce the effect of that segment (which producers Hugo & Luigi describe as "one of the few great traditions in television") over a dozen soft ballads such as "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" and "This Is All I Ask." The leadoff track, "The Songs I Love," sets the tone for everything that follows, and, not surprisingly, it turns out that pop standards are the songs Como loves. The Songs I Love was a commercially successful album aimed at fans of The Perry Como Show, to whom it is recommended. ~ Greg Adams

Pop - Released May 29, 2015 | RCA - Legacy

"A perfect matching of man to music," claims the heading to this 1966 Perry Como Latin project, most of it including standards in the classy, challenging bossa nova style. Arrangers Nick Perito and Torrie Zito assemble a team of instrumentalists who are surely up to the task, teams of guitarists delivering deeply felt patterns as if bringing up the best from the wine cellar. Ray Charles is hanging around with his team of singers, teaming up with Perito to co-write a musical plea to "Stay with Me" in which an alto saxophonist steals the show. As this project winds on, Como gives the impression of becoming one with his relaxed audience, letting the background singers drown him out, then put him to bed. The Beatles' "Yesterday," on the other hand, comes off astonishingly well, the arrangement starting off with the bridge in a kind of Ahmad Jamal moment. "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Dindi" are both done complete with introductions, a touch worth appreciating since this is something most singers don't bother with, even the ones that are good at bossa nova. The band goes off in at least three directions once the main part of "The Shadow of Your Smile" begins, the arranger obviously equating smiling with running for office. Como is indeed at his best with "Dindi" and "Once I Loved," utilizing simplicity to bring the lyrics to life, carefully touching the melody, making it both ache and laugh, at least when the long tones aren't vanishing up his nose. For once the singer is ahead of the arranger, who on "Dindi" foolishly buries the catchy percussion parts in favor of a boring woodwind solo. [3D reissued the album in 2007 with bonus tracks.] ~ Eugene Chadbourne

Ambient/New Age - Released October 7, 2014 | RCA - Legacy

Part of Legacy's Classic Christmas Album campaign, which rounds up holiday greats from some of the best and most beloved crooners in pop history, this 14-track Perry Como collection focuses on the vocal legend's plethora of yuletide offerings, most of which were recorded in the 1950s and '60s, including tried and true renditions of Christmas standards like "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy," "There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and many more. ~ James Christopher Monger

Ambient/New Age - Released December 3, 2013 | Legacy Recordings


Pop - Released April 1, 1974 | RCA - Legacy


Crooners - Released August 19, 2008 | BMG Special Products

In June 1970, 58-year-old Perry Como increased his career activity by undertaking an engagement in Las Vegas, his first live performances in more than 20 years. But his real comeback was accomplished that fall, when "It's Impossible," an English translation of a Mexican song, became his first pop singles chart entry in a year and a half. As it streaked toward the Top Ten (and number one on the easy listening charts), Como quickly scheduled studio time in late November with producer Don Costa (known for his work with Frank Sinatra) and cut an accompanying album, which was in record stores before the end of the year. Como and Costa's best idea for this rush job was to fill up the album with recent pop hits previously recorded by the Beatles, the Carpenters, and Simon & Garfunkel, among others, in arrangements similar to the hit versions. The unruffled Como style worked fine on some of this material, but a song requiring a slightly greater emotional commitment, such as "A House Is Not a Home," didn't get it, and the choice of the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" was hilariously inappropriate. Though some record company executives had been urging singers of Como's vintage to record contemporary soft rock, cutting the songs of Paul Simon and Lennon and McCartney was not really a way to assure career longevity, and Como was not able to reclaim any of these songs from their hitmakers. His real hope of sustaining his comeback lay in finding more songs of his own like "It's Impossible." But the album did its job, giving consumers an LP version of that hit, and as a result it was Como's most successful LP in a nearly a decade. Meanwhile, "It's Impossible" earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance. ~ William Ruhlmann

Crooners - Released October 25, 1993 | RCA Records Label

These are '80s recordings of favorites such as "Sing Along with Me." ~ Charles S. Wolfe

Crooners - Released September 16, 2008 | RCA Records Label

Perry Como gets down with the groovy new beat of the '60s on "Happiness Comes, Happiness Goes," the first song on his 1969 album Seattle. Despite the distorted guitars and swirling organ, the chances of Como getting invited to Woodstock were non-existent, so the producers wisely followed that brief experiment with more predictable fare like "Nobody But You" and "Turnaround." "Seattle," the album's minor hit single, is a musical travelogue that could have been commissioned by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Other peculiar songs like "Beady Eyed Buzzard" mix with drowsy pop ballads and ersatz country to create a very unusual Perry Como album. Try Seattle if your interest in Como is more smirking than sincere. ~ Greg Adams

Pop - Released February 25, 2017 | Red Bus Classics

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Ambient/New Age - Released August 20, 1999 | RCA Records Label


Pop - Released April 1, 1977 | RCA - Legacy


Jazz - Released April 1, 1980 | RCA - Legacy


Christmas Music - Released December 6, 2018 | Nollag LTD.


Pop - Released September 30, 2010 | Legacy Recordings


Ambient/New Age - Released August 27, 1991 | RCA Records Label


Jazz - Released May 25, 2016 | CTS Digital

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