For the Good Times

Perry Como

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For the Good Times Review

by William Ruhlmann

This British budget compilation sold on television is subtitled "20 Greatest Love Songs." It ranges through 37 years of Perry Como's recording career on RCA Victor, from the 1947 hit "When You Were Sweet Sixteen" to a 1980 treatment of "You Are My World." In between are such hits as "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" (1952), "Catch a Falling Star" (1958), "Magic Moments" (1958), and "It's Impossible" (1970). But many of the tracks are non-hits (at least for Como) from the 1970s, including country standards like the title song and "The Most Beautiful Girl" (the Charlie Rich hit, not the old Rodgers & Hart song, despite an erroneous songwriting credit) and pop evergreens like "Close to You," "Send in the Clowns," "The Way We Were," and "We've Only Just Begun," as well as Como's easy listening hit "And I Love You So." It's a no-frills collection skewed toward Como's later work, but there is much for a fan to enjoy.

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