Wonderful Wonderful

Wonderful Wonderful

by Johnny Mathis
     
 

Wonderful Wonderful, the second Johnny Mathis LP, features an orchestra under the direction of Percy Faith. The album is a beautiful selection of 12 songs, none of which were part of Mathis' half a dozen or so hits released on 45 rpm in 1957. Conspicuous in its absence is his first hit, "Wonderful! Wonderful!," which this album is titled after. Actually, the…  See more details below

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Wonderful Wonderful, the second Johnny Mathis LP, features an orchestra under the direction of Percy Faith. The album is a beautiful selection of 12 songs, none of which were part of Mathis' half a dozen or so hits released on 45 rpm in 1957. Conspicuous in its absence is his first hit, "Wonderful! Wonderful!," which this album is titled after. Actually, the word "Wonderful" drops down eight times on the LP jacket under Mathis' name and alongside a handsome and youthful photo by Normand Menard of the soon-to-be legend. What's impressive about this excellent recording is that Ray Conniff was the gentleman orchestrating the hits while Faith, whose "Theme from A Summer Place" would be omnipresent on radios in 1960, does the honors here. This is a substantial recording, with Mathis covering Cole Porter's "Looking at You" and "All Through the Night," the Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer chestnut "That Old Black Magic," as well as two other Mercer co-writes, "Early Autumn" and "Day In, Day Out," which concludes the project. Even at the outset of his career, the voice that would become so familiar is in control and not just flirting with perfection -- the instrument is perfectly tuned and full of life. The uncredited liner notes here, though firmly set in promotion mode, are informative and worthwhile, noting that Bob Price did the arrangements on "Too Close," "Looking at You," and "Day In, Day Out," with Faith handling that chore on the other nine selections. The production is sublime and the album is a real treasure, a solid effort before the label and singer determined what the formula and routine would be on record after record. The only place where there is naïveté is in the direction they would take this artist, and that adds to the beauty of it all. Jimmy Abato's alto sax and Ernie Royal's trumpet do wonders next to Mathis' voice.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2009
Label:
Hallmark Uk
UPC:
5050457074326
catalogNumber:
5707432

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Tracks

  1. Will I Find My Love Today?
  2. Looking at You
  3. Let Me Love You
  4. All Through the Night
  5. It Could Happen to You
  6. That Old Black Magic
  7. Too Close for Comfort
  8. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  9. Year After Year
  10. Early Autumn
  11. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  12. Day In - Day Out

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mathis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Percy Faith   Conductor
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Jimmy Abato   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Percy Faith   Arranger
Woody Herman   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Bob Prince   Arranger
Jerry Bock   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Sidney Shaw   Composer
Larry Holofcener   Composer
Sean Fogarty   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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