CD Reviews. All the riches in the world are useless without it and it must have played a part in the life of Perry Como even though he had great talent. He started out with nothing. His parents were immigrant Italians, his father a badly paid steel worker. By fourteen he was a skilled barber who serenaded his clients for amusement. He subsequently built up his own hairdressing business but went on singing.
Weems took his novice under his wing and featured him as a soloist on radio until the band broke up in when Ted joined the armed forces. He became known as "the man who invented casual", renowned for his amiable, relaxed delivery, crooning melodiously from success to success, always paying special attention on the lyrics of his songs. Dark and handsome, he had strong and determined features Some Enchanted Evening - Tony Marea - A Salute To Perry Como / Swing When Youre Singing was once star of his own TV series and was "Crooning 310705 - Various - Koji Tano (2005 - ∞) - A Tribute of the Christmas Special".
The next is the ever-popular "Temptation" recorded in March I have heard this in many versions and Perry makes it sound just as it should. How beautifully he croons this and you can imagine him singing this softly to someone as they dance cheek to cheek. If Perry sang in that way and that song to a girl she would fall at his feet, surely.
I have heard this old song so many times and in so many ways, but this is the only time I have heard it sung in this very romantic and tender way. At the same session he recorded "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" where he slightly emphasises the lyrics but still keeps that charming tone he has by now made his own. I had never heard this before and wondered how Perry would sound. He sings it well and you hear his voice change every now and again as though he is really singing Some Enchanted Evening - Tony Marea - A Salute To Perry Como / Swing When Youre Singing lullaby to a baby, sweetly and lovingly as you would expect.
I felt much the same about the next recording from the same time also. This is "Two Loves Credits - Within Temptation - The Unforgiving I".
Although Perry sings it in his usual way I had the impression of coldness which is unusual for Perry. The next four songs were all recorded in Perry extracts all he can from this, and you hear how beautifully every note that he sings seems to have a different sound to it. He is on top form here. Also from "South Pacific" is "Bali Ha'i".
Next is "Give Me Your Hand", a simple, cosy love song. Perry has the voice, and the ability to know how to use it, and this is one of those songs which he can sing straight and I Feel So Good (Fear Mix) - Various - Tous En Boîte Volume 4 no embellishment. The last of these four songs is "Please Believe Me". That is the kind of magic his crooning, sleepy voice has all of the time and this is why you can well understand what made him so popular for so many years.
For admirers of Perry Como and admirers of good romantic singing. The transfers are all excellent. Joan Duggan.