PERRY COMO "SO SMOOTH" RCA LPM-1085 RCA Victor Orthophonic Recording Record
Original US 1st Press LP released in 1955 on the Deep Groove RCA Label. Cat: LSM-1085. This album is in MONO.
The month that Perry Como moved up to a one-hour TV variety show, he also released his first 12" LP, So Smooth. Like such peers as Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole, Como viewed the LP format differently from the singles market, eschewing the kind of novelties he was recording for 45/78 release in favor of collections devoted to well-known standards dating back to the 1930s. Sinatra is remembered for pioneering such concept albums, but Como had preceded Sinatra's 1954 10" sets Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy with his own TV Favorites disc in 1952. Here, he dipped into songs that would become Sinatra signature numbers, such as "I've Got the World on a String" and "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," as well as favorites like "My Funny Valentine" and "As Time Goes By." The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra, which featured plenty of strings, was augmented by the perky Ray Charles Singers, who made themselves intrusively obvious on "For Me and My Gal" among other tracks.