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TV Favorites [Collectables]

  • 1. You'll Never Walk Alone
    2. Black Moonlight
    3. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
    4. Summertime
    5. While We're Young
    6. My Heart Stood Still
    7. I Concentrate on You
    8. Over the Rainbow
    9. Prisoner of Love
    10. Because
    11. When You Were Sweet Sixteen
    12. Far Away Places
    13. Song of Songs
    14. 'Til the End of Time
    15. Temptation
    16. If
    17. As Time Goes By
    18. I've Got the World on a String
    19. My Funny Valentine
    20. For Me and My Gal
    21. It's the Talk of the Town
    22. It Happened in Monterey
    23. Breezin' Along With Breeze
    24. In the Still of the Night
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2766

  • Credits

    TV FAVORITES contains Perry Como's 1st two 10-inch 1952 RCA LPs: TV FAVORITES and SUPPER CLUB FAVORITES. In addition there are 8 bonus tracks from SO SMOOTH, Como's 1st 12-inch 1955 RCA LP.
    Personnel includes: Perry Como (vocals); Mitchell Ayres Orchestra; Russ Case Orchestra; Henri Rene Orchestra; Ray Charles Singers.
    Producers include: Hugo Winterhaler, Dave Kapp, Eli Oberstein, Joe Carlton.
    Recorded in New York, New York between 1945 & 1955. Originally released on RCA (3013) & RCA (3044).
    From 1948, when Columbia Records introduced the LP, to 1955, the dominant format for the 33 1/3 rpm disc was a 10" version that usually held eight tracks. As of 1955, the better-known 12" version came to the fore. RCA Victor Records, which initially opposed the LP, had given in by 1952, when its leading artist Perry Como issued several of the 10" albums. One was a newly recorded set called TV Favorites, a collection of song standards such as "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Summertime," and "Over the Rainbow." Another was a revamped version of his 1949 album of 78s, Supper Club Favorites (the Chesterfield Supper Club was the initial name of his radio and later television show). This one was a hits compilation featuring number one singles, like "Prisoner of Love," "'Till the End of Time," and "If," that Como had scored between 1945 and 1951. Collectables Records' 2001 CD compilation TV Favorites contains all eight tracks from both these original 10" LPs, plus eight tracks culled from Como's first 12" LP, 1955's So Smooth, for a 24-track collection running more than 73 minutes. The result is a good sampling of Como's early hits and his performances of some classic pop songs between 1945 and 1955. That said, the collection could have been better assembled. It would have made more sense to sequence the Supper Club Favorites tracks before the TV Favorites tracks to make the album roughly chronological. And rather than using the So Smooth tracks, it would have made more sense to use a third 10" album, A Sentimental Date With Perry Como. The earlier material presents Como as the belter he was in the 1940s and early '50s, while the 1955 recordings are much more in his relaxed style, and the difference is noticeable. ~ William Ruhlmann

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