I was inspired to pick something from this collection since I discovered it is now available for sale in downloadable form and decided to go with the little known Christmas Dream.
The collection was first released on CD by Collectors Choice Music and then re-released last year by Real Gone Music. It contains all of the Christmas music that Perry Como recorded for the RCA label and is a treasure trove of seasonal music from a legendary voice.
This track has an odd pedigree for a Christmas song, having played in the beginning of the 1974 Nazi hunting thriller, The Odessa FIle. The song was composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber for the soundtrack and Como released it as a single that year (though it barely cracked the Billboard top 100). The song definitely reflects some of the cynicism of the Vietnam/Watergate era, with lyrics like:
Every year I dream it, hoping things will change,
An end to the crying, the shouting, the dying,
And I hope you will dream it too!
Nights should all be silent,
Days should all slow down,
An end to the hurry, the noise and the worry!
Christmas becomes an antidote to the negativity of the world, as Como wishes that every day could be like Christmas (ironically, the title of his next Christmas single would be I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever). But the tune has a jaunty feel, with a bit of accordion to propel it forward and a children’s choir to bring in some more innocent warmth (though when you know the plot of The Odessa File focuses on hunting Nazi’s, the German chorus takes on a different tone).
(Christmas Trivia Point: The Odessa File was directed by Ronald Neame who also directed the 1970 musical version of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge.)
Here’s the track list of the 2013 ADVENTUre in Carols (with links to Amazon MP3 purchase):
- Deck the Halls – Terry Baxter and His Orchestra
- Christmas Time is Here – Martha Carson
- Snowy White Snow/I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Craig Douglas
- Christmas Dream – Perry Como
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