Johnny Mathis Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration
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||Sleigh Ride||Johnny Mathis||2:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)||Johnny Mathis||4:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Silver Bells||Johnny Mathis||3:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Silent Night||Johnny Mathis||3:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Holy Night||Johnny Mathis||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas||Johnny Mathis||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas||Johnny Mathis||2:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year||Johnny Mathis||2:46||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Toyland||Johnny Mathis||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Caroling, Caroling / Happy Holiday||Johnny Mathis||3:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Christmas Waltz||Johnny Mathis||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Have a Holly Jolly Christmas||Johnny Mathis||1:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm||Johnny Mathis||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Tannenbaum||Johnny Mathis||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!||Bette Midler||2:46||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Johnny Mathis' best Christmas recordings date from the late '50s, when he recorded Merry Christmas for Mitch Miller and Columbia, and from the mid-'60s, when he recorded The Sounds of Christmas for Mercury. Mathis was a wonderful holiday singer, easily able to summon the congenial warmth and energetic cheerfulness that made his version of "Sleigh Ride" a perennial hit. Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration compiles six songs from that pair of classic records, along with a handful from 1986 and four from the 2000s. Two rarities are also included: a version of "O Tannenbaum" that Mathis recorded with Mannheim Steamroller for their 2004 holiday album, Christmas Celebration, and a duet with Bette Midler ("Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!") that was previously unreleased. The cheer between Mathis and Midler is a little forced, and the disc has plenty of room for a half-dozen more songs from the '50s and '60s, but Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration is a solid collection.
The Second Compilation
I hesitated for a long time getting this cd because to me the playlist for a 50th celebration seems a bit short. Target has this for sale at $9.99 and it's this price that made me finally purchase it. The song selection is indeed very sparse given Johnny's Christmas catalog, whole albums "Christmas With Johnny Mathis, "For Christmas, and "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" were skipped, making the 1993 "Personal Collection" which really was a completer for his boxed set, a bit more meatier. The mastering for the 1993 collection was really poor and I think Epic/Legacy knew it and deleted the set, it's been re-released as a remaster in 2004. Overall the song selection is good but 50 years? I would have pulled all the stops given the wealth of material and made this a stuffed two disc set.
50th Anniversary Christmas CD
Great compilation! The songs were perfectly chosen. A must for Mathis fans. :)
Born: September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, TX
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s