The Essential 3.0

The Essential 3.0

by Johnny Mathis


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The Essential 3.0

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886976882723
catalogNumber: 768827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mathis   Primary Artist
Henry Mancini   Conductor
Lincoln Mayorga   Conductor
Michel Legrand   Conductor
Ralph Burns   Conductor
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
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   Composer,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
Stillman   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
D. Foster   Composer
R. Gilbert   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
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
L. Creed   Composer
Rick Hunt   Arranger
Mike Berniker   Producer
Art Freeman   Vocal Arrangements
Norman Menard   Inside Photo

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