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Tony H. from EVERETT, MA
Reviewed on 5/14/2018...
This is a superb Perry Como album, and the only one in his career he ever recorded in Hollywood. The singing is excellent, although some of the songs are unfamiliar. Como does the 1980s hits "That's What Friends Are For," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," "The Wind Beneath My Wings"; and the hit from "La Cage Aux Folles" that Como had earlier recorded as a single, "The Best of Times." He also does excellent readings of the Rodgers & Hart standards "My Heart Stood Still" and "You're Nearer."
For my money, the best song on the album is "Do You Remember Me."
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Perry's final album for the RCA Victor Records Label!
firstname.lastname@example.org | Nova Scotia, Canada | 02/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Perry's final album for RCA recorded in February, 1987. It was a joint production of Perry's own company ( Roncom ) and his talented conductor Nick Perito. All of the songs were arranged and conducted by Perito and the overall recording quality is superb. Recorded at Evergreen Studios, Burbank, California, the final album was mastered in New York by RCA's Jack Adelman. Two of the songs "The Best of Times" and "You're Nearer" are new versions of earlier recordings, the latter having been recorded almost twenty years earlier for Perry's beautiful album "Look To Your Heart" RCA LSP-4052. Amazingly, Perry's re-recording of "You're Nearer" is a virtual mirror image of the original performance . . . demonstrating very little change in Perry's voice at age 75 than when he was merely 56 at the time of the original recording. The highlight of this album is surely "The Wing Beneath My Wings" which could easily have been Perry's last "Gold" single had BMG been more attentive to business . . . or so the story goes! But that song and this whole album are Como classics nevertheless! This is Perry's only album released simultaneously on vinyl and compact disc. Strangely, BMG has not re-released even one of Perry's popular music albums in the CD format within North America . . . though many of them have been re-released in Japan. Buy this CD quickly before they decide to eliminate it as well!"
Mr. C's Great Swansong
email@example.com | 01/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with my compatriot below that "The Wind Beneath My Wings" is a great record and could have been a hit - coming two years BEFORE Bette Midler's platinum record of it. Still, I think some of the other fine recordings on this album deserve attention too. "Do You Remember Me" is a wonderfully sentimental ballad well-suited to the septuagenarian Como. "Bless The Beasts And The Children" is a song with a message; in my view, there's a clearly discernible argument here in favour of the humane treatment of animals. It should be remembered that Como was always a devout Catholic. It was rare that Como ever touched material with a social message, but it's nice that he chose to do so for his last album. "My Heart Stood Still" is, of course, a key entry from Rodgers & Hart in the Great American Songbook, but Nick Perito's arrangement is unusual, even a bit quirky in comparison to other more grandiose arrangements, such as that by Nelson Riddle for Sinatra. Como clearly understands the low-key arrangement and sings it effectively. The key performance on this album, however, is, in my view, "That's What Friends Are For", in which Perito opts for an up-tempo big-band arrangement, very different from the arrangement in the best-selling recording in which Stevie Wonder's harmonica is central. This recording proves how well Como could swing - something he unfortunately never did often enough. The female vocal chorus on the track sounds somewhat anachronistic, but, otherwise, it's an outstanding recording, reminding us that although he may not be making new records any longer, we can always count on him to be there for us through the records he made!"