So Smooth/We Get Letters

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
So Smooth from 1955 and We Get Letters from 1957 were Perry Como's first two albums to be recorded for the 12" LP format, so Collectables Records' pairing of the two on a single CD is appropriate. At the time, the album market was viewed as being entirely different from the singles market, so these recordings do not feature Como's hit singles of the period. In fact, their contents are a far cry from "Hot Diggity Dog Ziggity Boom" and the other novelties the singer was being required to turn out for the teenage singles market. Rather, the albums are carefully considered collections of classic pop songs. The 12 tracks that make up So Smooth somewhat belie the title, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
So Smooth from 1955 and We Get Letters from 1957 were Perry Como's first two albums to be recorded for the 12" LP format, so Collectables Records' pairing of the two on a single CD is appropriate. At the time, the album market was viewed as being entirely different from the singles market, so these recordings do not feature Como's hit singles of the period. In fact, their contents are a far cry from "Hot Diggity Dog Ziggity Boom" and the other novelties the singer was being required to turn out for the teenage singles market. Rather, the albums are carefully considered collections of classic pop songs. The 12 tracks that make up So Smooth somewhat belie the title, since Como is so animated on selections like the opener, Peggy Lee's "It's a Good Day," "I've Got the World on a String," and "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues." He is more restrained on ballads such as "As Time Goes By" and "My Funny Valentine," but his pleasure at getting to perform the works of Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hart is palpable. Though the entire Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and, on three tracks, the Ray Charles Singers are employed, some selections, notably "You Do Something to Me," feature just Como with a rhythm section, and We Get Letters follows that pattern even further, using only a subset of the orchestra to allow the singer a far more personal approach to songs like George Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Somebody Loves Me." On these albums, Como bid to join competitors Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole in the emerging album market. He never gave enough attention to LPs, but these releases demonstrate that he could have made a string of classic albums if he'd tried.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431276426
  • Catalog Number: 2764
  • Sales rank: 4,243

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Perry Como Primary Artist
George Barnes Guitar
Eddie Bert Trombone
Mel Davis Trumpet
Robert Byrne Trombone
John Barrows French Horn
Maurice Brown Cello
James Buffington French Horn
Mac Ceppos Violin
Reinhart Elster Harp
Harry Glickman Violin
Isadore Zir Viola
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Tony Mottola Guitar, Electric Guitar
Abraham Richman Saxophone
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Terry Snyder Drums
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Jack Zayde Violin
Solomon Deutsch Violin
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Stanley Webb Saxophone
Jack Lasberg Bass
John d'Agostino Trombone
Maurice Hershaft Violin
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Howard Kay Viola
Zelly Smirnoff Violin
Harry Terrill Saxophone
Philip Zolkind Saxophone
Samuel Persoff Viola
Henry Rowland Piano
Robert Haggart Bass
James Maxwell Trumpet
Abram Borodkin Cello
Mel Solomon Trumpet
Technical Credits
Joe Carlton Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Jules Cassard Composer
Dudley Mecum Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Ange Lorenzo Composer
Joseph Reed Alden Composer
Henry Brunies Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music Orchestra Leader
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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