Perry Como

Complete RCA Christmas Collection

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AllMusic Review by 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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Perry Como 03:13 Amazon
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Perry Como 02:54 Amazon
3
Perry Como 03:51 Amazon
4 Perry Como 02:45 Amazon
5 Perry Como 03:00 Amazon
6
Perry Como 03:03 Amazon
7 Perry Como 02:21 Amazon
8
Perry Como 02:31 Amazon
9 Perry Como 03:29 Amazon
10 Perry Como 04:41 Amazon
11 Perry Como 08:10 Amazon
12
Perry Como 03:16 Amazon
13
Perry Como 03:32 Amazon
14 Perry Como 02:36 Amazon
15
Perry Como 03:46 Amazon
16 Perry Como 04:00 Amazon
17 Perry Como 03:33 Amazon
18
Perry Como 02:53 Amazon
19 Perry Como 02:40 Amazon
20
Perry Como 02:47 Amazon
21
Perry Como 02:20 Amazon
22 Perry Como 03:37 Amazon
23
Perry Como 00:40 Amazon
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Perry Como 00:17 Amazon
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