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Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration

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Johnny Mathis 10/31/2006

Review

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. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sleigh Ride Johnny Mathis 2:56
  3. 2 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) Johnny Mathis 4:15
  4. 3 Silver Bells [From the Lemon Drop Kid] Johnny Mathis 3:30
  5. 4 Silent Night, Holy Night Johnny Mathis 3:47
  6. 5 O Holy Night Johnny Mathis 4:31
  7. 6 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [From Meet Me in St. Louis] Johnny Mathis 3:34
  8. 7 It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas [From Here's Love] Johnny Mathis 2:14
  9. 8 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnny Mathis 2:46
  10. 9 Toyland [From Babes in Toyland] Johnny Mathis 3:41
  11. 10 Caroling, Caroling/Happy Holiday Johnny Mathis 3:45
  12. 11 The Christmas Waltz Johnny Mathis 2:36
  13. 12 Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Johnny Mathis 1:57
  14. 13 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Johnny Mathis 3:33
  15. 14 O Tannenbaum Mannheim Steamroller 2:55
  16. 15 Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! [Previously Unreleased] Johnny Mathis 2:43

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