Best of the War Years

The Best of the War Years

by Perry Como
     
 

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Back in the '60s and '70s, no artist underscored the gap between the World War II generation and the baby boomers more than Perry Como. To the boomers (many of them, anyway), he was square, dated, and unhip -- music your parents listened to while you were off in another room cranking the Doors, Bob Dylan,

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Back in the '60s and '70s, no artist underscored the gap between the World War II generation and the baby boomers more than Perry Como. To the boomers (many of them, anyway), he was square, dated, and unhip -- music your parents listened to while you were off in another room cranking the Doors, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, or Led Zeppelin. And not everyone from the WWII generation appreciated Como; some people who are old enough to remember the '40s and '50s insist that he was never as cool as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, or Tony Bennett. To be sure, Como wasn't as edgy or adventurous as those fellow Bing Crosby admirers; regardless, he could still be a pleasing, darn enjoyable pop singer when he had strong material to work with. Spanning 1943-1946, The Best of the War Years takes listeners back to Como's most productive decade. Most of the CD focuses on V-Discs -- 78s that, in the '40s, were not sold commercially and were strictly for the enjoyment of the United States military. However, some of the tracks are from radio broadcasts. But whether he is performing for servicemen or radio listeners, Como usually embraces decent or excellent songs. Cornball novelty items are not a priority here, and the singer is in good to excellent form on romantic gems such as "Don't Blame Me," "It's the Talk of the Town," and "Like Someone in Love." Did Como record his share of schlock in the '50s? Absolutely, and Como himself hated some of the dreadful novelty items that he agreed to record during that decade. But the '40s recordings on this CD are generally respectable. For those who want to hear how pleasing Como could be when he had the right material, The Best of the War Years is enthusiastically recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157123128
catalogNumber:
1231
Rank:
143218

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Performance Credits

Perry Como   Primary Artist,Vocals
Will Bradley   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Leader
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Specs Powell   Drums
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
George Arus   Trombone
Ruth Berman   Harp
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Dave Bowman   Piano
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Carroll   Bass
Russ Case   Leader
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
John Ingram   Saxophone
Harry Katzman   Violin
Tommy Kay   Electric Guitar
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Tony Mottola   Guitar
John Owens   Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Saxophone
Samuel Rand   Violin
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Terry Snyder   Drums
Gene Traxler   String Bass
Herman Shertzer   Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Stanley Webb   Saxophone
Wolfe Tayne   Tenor Saxophone
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
John d'Agostino   Trombone
Fred Dornbach   Saxophone
Harry Hoffman   Violin
William Lockwood   Violin
Reggie Merrill   Alto Saxophone
Irving Prager   Violin
Henry Ross   Saxophone
Herbert Winfield   Trombone
Raymond Scott & His Orchestra   Piano,Leader
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Mickey McMickle   Trumpet
Frank Saracco   Trombone
Nat Natoli   Trumpet
Harold Furmansky   Viola
Samuel Persoff   Viola
Henry Rowland   Piano
Frank Worrell   Guitar
Robert Haggart   Bass
Lloyd Shaffer   Leader
Ted Steele   Leader
Murray Cohen   Saxophone
Ruth Hill   Harp

Technical Credits

Carroll Gibbons   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Herb Hendler   Producer
R. Scott   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Athan Maroulis   Liner Notes
Raymond Scott & His Orchestra   Arranger
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Lou Ricca   Composer
Jimmy Rule   Composer
Ira Schuster   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
James Dyrenforth   Composer
Jules Loman   Composer
Harry Glick   Composer

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