"Perry Como" and "live" are words that don't seem to go together, but like so many other singers of his generation, he cut his teeth on-stage. Live on Tour was recorded long after those formative performances, capturing a run of shows given in Chicago in July of 1980 and appearing the following year on RCA. In other words, it's a portrait of Como in winter, a singer still in possession of his skills but happy to take a warm look back at his past. He's so happy to indulge in nostalgia, he sings "White Christmas" in the middle of July. This is part of a Bing Crosby medley, an expertly assembled salute to Como's main idol that also helps accentuate how Live on Tour captures a crowd-pleasing act: he's putting on a show, happy to sing hits no matter who had them. The concert is best when it relies either on Como's assurance or the splashy arrangements -- for those who lived through the time, it will undoubtedly evoke memories of Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethons -- and that's enough to cut through the often syrupy backing vocals, but even those are essential to the yesteryear charm on full display on Live on Tour.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Overture: Till the End of Time/Round and Round/Catch a Falling Star/Prisoner of Love/Temptation/Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)/It's Impossible
Bing Crosby Medley: Perry Crowd Interaction/Crowd Sings Happy Anniversary to Perry & His Wife/Bing Crosby Tribute Speech/Blue Skies/But Beautiful/Dear Hearts and Gentle People/Sweet Leilani/Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive/Swingin' on a Star/Pennies from Heaven/Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral/White Christmas/In
Como Medley: Till the End of Time/Catch a Falling Star/Round and Round/Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes