Como Swings/For the Young at Heart

Como Swings/For the Young at Heart

by Perry Como


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Como Swings and For the Young at Heart are chronologically consecutive albums in Perry Como's discography, not counting the holiday collection Seasons Greetings, so it makes sense for Collectables Records to have combined the 1959 and 1961 releases on one CD in its series of Como two-fers. But stylistically they are very different records. Como Swings was the singer's attempt to make an album like one of Frank Sinatra's popular up-tempo LPs of the 1950s, such as Songs for Swingin' Lovers. Arrangers Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews wrote a bunch of charts that aped the sound Billy May got for Sinatra, full of blaring horn fanfares and loud percussion. Song after song features these aggressive orchestrations, which push Como to assert himself more than usual. Arranger O.B. Masingill, on the other hand, takes a different tack for the 12 songs that make up For the Young at Heart, all of which have the word "young" in the title. The strings are gone, a prominent chorus sings along with Como, and the horns are frequently muted or just restrained, as Masingill imposes a lightly swinging style on the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra. The approach is more conducive to the singer, who turns in characteristically warm and easy interpretations. The big changeover on the CD occurs between track 12, "Begin the Beguine," and track 13, "When You and I Were Young, Maggie," when things suddenly calm down considerably. Both albums have their virtues, but this CD should really be thought of as two separate collections that happen to have been run together.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431276525
catalogNumber: 2765

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Perry Como   Primary Artist
Urbie Green   Trombone
Klink   Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Mel Davis   Trumpet
Eddie Safranski   Bass
Robert Byrne   Trombone
Robert Alexander   Trombone
Maurice Brown   Cello
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Casamenti   Guitar
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Sol Gubin   Drums
Max Hollander   Violin
Isadore Zir   Viola
John Lawson   Trumpet
Dick Lieb   Trombone
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Saxophone
Danny Perri   Guitar
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Samuel Rand   Violin
George Ricci   Cello
Abraham Richman   Saxophone
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Sylvan Shulman   Violin
Terry Snyder   Drums
Todd Sommer   Drums
Harry Urbont   Violin
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Jack Zayde   Violin
Dick Hixon   Trombone
Solomon Deutsch   Viola
Felix Orlewitz   Violin
Stanley Webb   Saxophone
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
John d'Agostino   Trombone
Maurice Hershaft   Violin
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Milton Schlesinger   Drums
Harry Terrill   Saxophone
Philip Zolkind   Saxophone
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Sid Jekowsky   Saxophone
Leon Frengut   Cello
Henry Rowland   Piano
Robert Haggart   Bass
James Maxwell   Trumpet
Abram Borodkin   Cello
Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music   Leader
Carlos Fleischmann   Violin

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Johnny Richards   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Rick Cartey   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
James Austin Butterfield   Composer
George Washington Johnson   Composer
Dominick Belline   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Carole Joyner   Composer

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