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Heavenly

Johnny Mathis

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Album Review

Heavenly is Johnny Mathis' most successful regular album release, exceeded in his catalog only by the compilation Johnny's Greatest Hits and the seasonal Merry Christmas collection. It's not hard to understand why; this record is the epitome of Mathis' approach to music. Standards like "More Than You Know" and "Moonlight Becomes You" are joined by show tunes like "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Stranger in Paradise" and a few more recent titles, such as the Burt Bacharach-composed title song and "That's All." The tempos are slow, the strings swell, and Mathis' vulnerable tenor, dripping with tender emotion yet never missing a beat, soars and swoops over all. The best track, a revelation when it appeared on this album, is "Misty," a treatment of Erroll Garner's jazz piano classic with a newly added lyric by Johnny Burke. Few could have carried off that lyric (go ahead, try and think of another male singer of the '50s who could handle it), but it was perfect for Mathis, and the track was spun off for a single that became his biggest hit in two years and remains one of his signature songs. Though still fairly early in his career, Mathis had done a lot of recording; Heavenly was actually his tenth album release in less than three years (counting two hits collections and the Christmas album). As a result, he was a recording veteran while still being fresh enough to give his performances real feeling. It all came together on Heavenly, Mathis' longest running number one album which spent more than five-and-a-half years in the charts.

Customer Reviews

Heavenly

A sock hop in the gym with "Heavenly" playing over the loudspeakers ... there is no better definition of high school romance at the end of the 50's. This album is an absolute classic for today's "60-somethings"; the music may seem tame to teenagers now, but they will never find more romantic "date music" no matter what the decade it is. Enjoy !!!

Just Stunning

This album is a masterpiece. Not a bad song in the bunch, but Misty and That's All take the cake. Both are priceless, with Misty defining perfection. Glenn Osser deserves equal billing as the arrangements compliment Johnny's voice brilliantly. Genius, gift, glorious. With a good wine and the right partner, listen carefully and you'll hear how they really figured out -- 50 years ago! -- exactly how this is best done.

A Masterpiece

Without question, this is a masterpiece.This is how to sing a song, not the rubbish of so many of the so called singers of today.It's a good thing this is on CD because i would wear out an LP record.

Biography

Born: September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the last and most popular in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the rock-dominated 1960s, Johnny Mathis concentrated on romantic readings of jazz and pop standards for the ever-shrinking adult contemporary audience of the '60s and '70s. Though he debuted with a flurry of singles chart activity, Mathis later made it big in the album market, where a dozen of his LPs hit gold or platinum and over 60 made the charts. While he originally concentrated on theme-oriented...
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