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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
By the time this three-CD, 48-track anthology hit the stores in 2010, consumers had a wide choice of Johnny Mathis compilations that contained his biggest hits in variable surroundings, ranging from succinct single-disc collections to box sets. This one does have all of the major late-'50s/early-'60s hits you'd expect of anything with "essential" in its title. Yet it doesn't quite live up to its potential as an optimum medium ground for those who want more than a bare-bones greatest-hits comp, but less than an exorbitant box set. For one thing, it's missing a good number of his less popular 1958-1963 Top 40 hits, with "Come to Me," "All the Time," "Call Me," ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
By the time this three-CD, 48-track anthology hit the stores in 2010, consumers had a wide choice of Johnny Mathis compilations that contained his biggest hits in variable surroundings, ranging from succinct single-disc collections to box sets. This one does have all of the major late-'50s/early-'60s hits you'd expect of anything with "essential" in its title. Yet it doesn't quite live up to its potential as an optimum medium ground for those who want more than a bare-bones greatest-hits comp, but less than an exorbitant box set. For one thing, it's missing a good number of his less popular 1958-1963 Top 40 hits, with "Come to Me," "All the Time," "Call Me," "Someone," "Starbright," and "Every Step of the Way" all somehow failing to make the cut. More importantly, there's too much of an effort to make this a career-spanning selection, with the entirety of disc two devoted to his post-1970 work. A small minority of listeners who have followed him with equal zeal all along might disagree, but really, the truly essential Johnny Mathis was laid down prior to 1965. In the late '50s and early '60s, he was the very best at what he did; from the 1970s onward, he was just a run-of-the-mill adult contemporary singer, albeit one who did return briefly to the top of the charts in 1978 via his duet with Deniece Williams, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." So in disc one, in place of some his early hits, listeners get far less "essential" Christmas and Broadway musical standards, while overall there is far more of his middle-of-the-road later stuff than there should be. Does this still have a lot of Mathis' best songs, and some of the most popular make-out music of all time? Sure, but it's all on disc one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976882723
  • Catalog Number: 768827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words) (3:53)
  2. 2 When Sunny Gets Blue (2:42)
  3. 3 It's Not For Me To Say (3:04)
  4. 4 Wonderful! Wonderful! (2:49)
  5. 5 Chances Are (3:02)
  6. 6 No Love (But Your Love) (2:19)
  7. 7 The Twelfth of Never (2:27)
  8. 8 Wild is the Wind (2:26)
  9. 9 Teacher, Teacher (2:39)
  10. 10 A Certain Smile (2:48)
  11. 11 Sleigh Ride (2:59)
  12. 12 My Funny Valentine (3:36)
  13. 13 Misty (3:35)
  14. 14 Small World (3:18)
  15. 15 Maria (3:48)
  16. 16 Dancing On the Ceiling (3:56)
  17. 17 Stairway To the Stars (4:53)
  18. 18 Gina (2:46)
  19. 19 What Will My Mary Say (3:11)
  20. 20 The Sweetheart Tree (2:14)
  21. 21 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [From On a Clear Day You Can See F (2:47)
  22. 22 The Look of Love (3:42)
  23. 23 A Time For Us (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm Coming Home (3:24)
  2. 2 Life is a Song Worth Singing (6:04)
  3. 3 99 Miles From L.a. (3:39)
  4. 4 What I Did For Love (2:46)
  5. 5 When a Child is Born (3:44)
  6. 6 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (2:59)
  7. 7 Begin the Beguine (4:17)
  8. 8 Memory (3:02)
  9. 9 Friends In Love (4:05)
  10. 10 Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) (4:15)
  11. 11 Prelude To a Kiss (2:54)
  12. 12 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (5:59)
  13. 13 Let Your Heart Remember (4:37)
  14. 14 Unbreak My Heart (5:02)
  15. 15 Because You Loved Me (4:37)
  16. 16 Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries - Forever Plaid (2:46)
  17. 17 On Broadway (3:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When I Fall In Love (4:31)
  2. 2 I Wish I Were In Love Again (3:38)
  3. 3 Bye Bye Barbara (2:35)
  4. 4 No Strings (3:15)
  5. 5 Beyond the Blue Horizon (3:01)
  6. 6 The Last Time I Felt Like This (2:58)
  7. 7 El Amar Y El Querer (4:12)
  8. 8 Baia (No Baixa Do Sapateiro) (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Mathis Primary Artist
Henry Mancini Conductor
Lincoln Mayorga Conductor
Michel Legrand Conductor
Ralph Burns Conductor
Al Caiola Guitar
Gene Page Conductor
Alex Acuña Percussion
Thom Bell Conductor
Rev. Dave Boruff Saxophone
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Frank Carroll Bass
Don Costa Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Chuck Domanico Bass
Jack Feierman Conductor
Ernie Freeman Conductor
Milt Hinton Bass
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Lester Mendez Keyboards
Robert Mersey Conductor
Tony Mottola Guitar
Kenny O'Brien Background Vocals
Glenn Osser Conductor
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Randy Waldman Piano
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Francis Benítez Background Vocals
Natisse Bambi Jones Background Vocals
John Robinson Drums
Bernadette "Brandy" Jones Background Vocals
Maxine Walters Background Vocals
Efran Toro Percussion
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Henry Mancini Arranger, Composer
Lincoln Mayorga Arranger
Johnny Mathis Producer
Michel Legrand Arranger, Producer
John Lewis Orchestra Director
Irving Mills Composer
Allyn Ferguson Arranger
Mitch Miller Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Arranger
Jerry Leiber Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Ernie Altschuler Producer
George Avakian Producer
Thom Bell Arranger
Alan Bergman Composer, Producer
Marilyn Bergman Composer, Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, Producer
Denny Diante Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Kenny Gamble Producer
Humberto Gatica Producer
Jack Gold Producer
Jay Graydon Producer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Leon Huff Producer
Jay Landers Producer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Glenn Osser Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Mark Portmann Arranger
Phil Ramone Producer
Al Stillman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Irving Townsend Producer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
D. Foster Composer
R. Gilbert Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Al Ham Producer
Brad Dechter Arranger
William Ross Producer
Bob Willoughby Inside Photo
Hank Parker Inside Photo
Bret Lopez Cover Photo
Sandy Speiser Inside Photo
Bob Cato Tray Photo
Hooshik Bayliss Art Direction
Richard Jay-Alexander Producer
Mike Kull Tape Research
T.S. Eliot Composer
S.K. Russell Composer
L. Anderson Composer
W. Frank Harling Composer
A.L. Webber Composer
P. Vance Composer
L. Bernstein Composer
I. Gordon Composer
B. Champlin Composer
B. Howard Composer
L. Robin Composer
B. Raleigh Composer
A. Hammond Composer
M. Legrand Composer
J. Vallins Composer
A. Barroso Composer
R. Henderson Composer
J. Graydon Composer
L. Creed Composer
Rick Hunt Arranger
Mike Berniker Producer
Art Freeman Vocal Arrangements
Norman Menard Inside Photo
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