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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Joan Records
PERRY COMO

Portrait

BLUE Classic Line saban crescendo 7262

 

  1. You are Never Far away From Me
  2. I Concentrate On You
  3. You’ll Never walk Alone
  4. Watermelon Weather
  5. I Confess
  6. No Other Love
  7. Wild Horses
  8. You alone
  9. Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes
  10. Without A Song
  11. I dream of You
  12. If I’m Lucky
  13. Forever & Ever
  14. "A" Your Adorable
  15. Hoop Dee-Doo
  16. Song of Songs
  17. Black Moonlight
  18. Maybe

 

American broadcasting, be it radio or TV always had shows hosted by top singers. It was quite natural that they would, the advertisers figured that the singers, who could sell records, could also sell their product. So we had the Bing Crosby Show, followed by the Perry Como Show, followed by the Andy Williams Show. All were good singers; capable of delivering a song usually backed by orchestras packed with lush strings.

These recordings come from the period 1944 to 1953 and Perry Como is featured with various orchestras, all of which sound remarkably similar. It is certainly music that won’t offend anybody, but equally it is unlikely to get him or her very excited!

On Watermelon Weather Eddie Fisher turns up. Remember him? He was the one who was married to Debbie Reynolds. Various vocal groups are featured on some of the tracks.

There are some nice songs here and they are all better than average, but they were intended for a very conservative middle USA market. To me they all seem rather bland and in no way were Perry Como a Nat Cole or a Frank Sinatra. He was however a singer with excellent intonation and diction, something many lack.

I know that Perry still has many fans that will love this album and if you like this vocal style, it is all typical Perry Como

Don Mather

 

 



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