Complete RCA Christmas Collection

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Perry Como's voice was like baritone honey, and his tone and phrasing when he sang always carried an intimate clarity, always soothing, reassuring, calm, and joyous somehow, no matter the song. Como was simply born to sing Christmas songs. RCA Records then Victor Records signed Como in 1943, and beginning in 1946, started issuing various holiday singles from Como as 78s, up through 1951. As the recording industry changed and 45s, EPs, and LPs became the standard, RCA continued the practice, up through Como's last Christmas single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever," which was released in 1981. When all was said and done, and with a handful of radio promos and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Perry Como's voice was like baritone honey, and his tone and phrasing when he sang always carried an intimate clarity, always soothing, reassuring, calm, and joyous somehow, no matter the song. Como was simply born to sing Christmas songs. RCA Records then Victor Records signed Como in 1943, and beginning in 1946, started issuing various holiday singles from Como as 78s, up through 1951. As the recording industry changed and 45s, EPs, and LPs became the standard, RCA continued the practice, up through Como's last Christmas single, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever," which was released in 1981. When all was said and done, and with a handful of radio promos and television performances mixed in, RCA was left with a pretty large Christmas catalog from Como, enough to fill three albums. Complete with an essay and annotations from Richard Carpenter of the Carpenters, RCA originally released this set in a limited edition in 2010 -- it quickly sold out. Once again, Como was born to sing Christmas songs. Luckily he left a lot of them, and luckily this archival set collects them and is finally widely available.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064001003
  • Catalog Number: 400100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Christmas Feeling - Russ Case & His Orchestra (3:13)
  2. 2 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Russ Case & His Orchestra (2:54)
  3. 3 Silent Night (3:51)
  4. 4 O Come All Ye Faithful (2:45)
  5. 5 Jingle Bells - Russ Case & His Orchestra (3:00)
  6. 6 O Little Town of Bethlehem (3:03)
  7. 7 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Satisfiers (2:21)
  8. 8 Winter Wonderland - Satisfiers (2:31)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Lloyd Shaffer's Orchestra (3:29)
  10. 10 Ave Maria (4:41)
  11. 11 The Story of the First Christmas: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Come, Come, Co (8:10)
  12. 12 There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (3:16)
  13. 13 The Christmas Symphony - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (3:32)
  14. 14 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (2:36)
  15. 15 T'was the Night Before Christmas (3:46)
  16. 16 Twelve Days of Christmas - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (4:00)
  17. 17 God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (3:33)
  18. 18 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:53)
  19. 19 Joy to the World - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:40)
  20. 20 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:47)
  21. 21 Frosty the Snowman - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:20)
  22. 22 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (3:37)
  23. 23 Perry Como Radio Intro, Pt. 1 (0:40)
  24. 24 Perry Como Radio Intro, Pt. 2 (0:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:26)
  2. 2 (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (2:51)
  3. 3 Ave Maria (4:25)
  4. 4 (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 Winter Wonderland - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (3:26)
  6. 6 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (2:56)
  7. 7 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (3:34)
  8. 8 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (2:42)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (3:11)
  10. 10 Here We Come a-Caroling/We Wish You a Merry Christmas - The Ray Charles Singers (1:36)
  11. 11 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra & Chorus (2:55)
  12. 12 O Holy Night - The Ray Charles Singers (3:01)
  13. 13 The Story of the First Christmas: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Come, Come Com - Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra (10:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Christmas Bells (2:44)
  2. 2 Love Is a Christmas Rose (2:02)
  3. 3 Christmas Eve - The Ray Charles Singers (2:45)
  4. 4 Do You Hear What I Hear - The Ray Charles Singers (3:13)
  5. 5 Christ Is Born - The Ray Charles Singers (2:51)
  6. 6 The Little Drummer Boy - The Ray Charles Singers (3:35)
  7. 7 There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas - The Ray Charles Singers (2:50)
  8. 8 O Holy Night - The Ray Charles Singers (3:40)
  9. 9 Medley: Caroling, Caroling/The First Noel/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/ - The Ray Charles Singers (4:51)
  10. 10 Silver Bells - The Ray Charles Singers (2:26)
  11. 11 Toyland - The Ray Charles Singers (3:12)
  12. 12 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - The Ray Charles Singers (2:48)
  13. 13 Ave Maria - The Ray Charles Singers (4:43)
  14. 14 Some Children See Him - The Ray Charles Singers (3:44)
  15. 15 Christmas Dream - London Boys Singers (2:47)
  16. 16 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Perry Como Primary Artist
Ray Charles Choir Director
Mitchell Ayres Conductor, Choir Director
Russ Case Conductor
Bill McElhiney Conductor
Nick Perito Conductor
Robert Shaw Chorale Vocals
Technical Credits
George Frideric Handel Composer
A. L. Webber Producer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Irving Berlin Composer
Ray Charles Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Mitchell Ayres Arranger, String Director
Joe Carlton Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer
Ray Evans Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Henri René Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Bill McElhiney Arranger
Nick Perito Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Joe Reisman Arranger
John Richards Adaptation
Pete Spargo Producer
Robert Wells Composer
Andy Wiswell Producer
Lee Schapiro Producer
Noel Regney Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Maria Triana Mastering
Richard Carpenter Liner Notes
Claire Morales Artwork
Macdonough Composer
Charles Grean Producer
Willson Composer
Hutson Composer
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