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The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection

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Johnny Mathis 10/5/1993

Review

The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection is exactly that, a four-disc box set of recordings hand-picked by Johnny Mathis, with an accompanying booklet filled with biographical information and his recollections about each song. The 86 selections are arranged in chronological order from Mathis' first recording, "When Sunny Gets Blue" from 1956, through to a 1992 duet with Barbra Streisand. The set has a few previously unreleased cuts from late in Mathis' career and a number of hits, but due to the personal nature of the repertoire there is no particular focus on hits or singles; as a result very few of Mathis' '60s hits are included. Instead the program is oriented towards the standards and show tunes Mathis loves, and the booklet makes clear his appreciation for the fine lyricists and composers whose material he interpreted through the years. These melodically and lyrically sophisticated songs better demonstrate Mathis' superlative vocal abilities than many of the chart-bound pop songs the box set omits. The packaging is aggravating in that the track list on the box is alphabetical and in no way corresponds with the actual running order -- the listener must leaf through the thick booklet to find out the disc and track number for each selection. The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection is for fans with an interest in Mathis as a person and as a singer's singer. For those who want a comprehensive anthology of Mathis' hits, no such box set has yet been assembled. ~ Greg Adams
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 When Sunny Gets Blue Johnny Mathis 2:41
  3. 2 It's Not for Me to Say Johnny Mathis 3:3
  4. 3 Wonderful! Wonderful! Johnny Mathis 2:48
  5. 4 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning Johnny Mathis 3:14
  6. 5 It Could Happen to You Johnny Mathis 3:48
  7. 6 All Through the Night Johnny Mathis 2:57
  8. 7 Chances Are Johnny Mathis 3:1
  9. 8 The Twelfth of Never Johnny Mathis 2:25
  10. 9 Wild Is the Wind Johnny Mathis 2:23
  11. 10 There Goes My Heart Johnny Mathis 3:40
  12. 11 What'll I Do Johnny Mathis 2:55
  13. 12 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face Johnny Mathis 3:28
  14. 13 By Myself Johnny Mathis 4:8
  15. 14 Warm Johnny Mathis 3:24
  16. 15 When I Am With You Johnny Mathis 2:55
  17. 16 I Heard a Forest Praying Johnny Mathis 3:11
  18. 17 I Look at You Johnny Mathis 2:41
  19. 18 A Certain Smile Johnny Mathis 2:47
  20. 19 Someone Johnny Mathis 2:57
  21. 20 You'll Never Know Johnny Mathis 4:6
  22. 21 More Than You Know Johnny Mathis 4:13
  23. 22 Moonlight Becomes You Johnny Mathis 4:3
  24. 23 Heavenly Johnny Mathis 3:19
  25. 1 A Ride on a Rainbow Johnny Mathis 4:6
  26. 2 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening Johnny Mathis 3:58
  27. 3 Misty Johnny Mathis 3:34
  28. 4 Small World Johnny Mathis 3:19
  29. 5 The Best of Everything Johnny Mathis 2:43
  30. 6 Maria Johnny Mathis 3:46
  31. 7 Tonight Johnny Mathis 3:11
  32. 8 Isn't It a Pity? Johnny Mathis 3:55
  33. 9 I Married an Angel Johnny Mathis 3:48
  34. 10 Spring Is Here Johnny Mathis 3:49
  35. 11 Don't Blame Me Johnny Mathis 4:38
  36. 12 Stairway to the Stars Johnny Mathis 4:52
  37. 13 Love, Look Away Johnny Mathis 3:28
  38. 14 Smile Johnny Mathis 3:16
  39. 15 You Set My Heart to Music Johnny Mathis 2:44
  40. 16 Gina Johnny Mathis 2:46
  41. 17 What Will My Mary Say Johnny Mathis 3:9
  42. 18 Laura Johnny Mathis 4:36
  43. 19 Long Ago (And Far Away) Johnny Mathis 3:42
  44. 20 Clopan Clopant (Comme Ci, Comme Ca) Johnny Mathis 3:37
  45. 21 In Love for the Very First Time Johnny Mathis 3:17
  46. 1 A Time for Us Johnny Mathis 2:54
  47. 2 Live for Life Johnny Mathis 2:55
  48. 3 A Man and a Woman Johnny Mathis 3:23
  49. 4 Evie Johnny Mathis 3:6
  50. 5 If Johnny Mathis 3:4
  51. 6 Theme from Summer of '42 (The Summer Knows) Johnny Mathis 2:38
  52. 7 Speak Softly Love Johnny Mathis 3:7
  53. 8 Betcha by Golly, Wow Johnny Mathis 2:47
  54. 9 Happy Johnny Mathis 3:37
  55. 10 Arianne Johnny Mathis 3:28
  56. 11 I'm Coming Home Johnny Mathis 3:23
  57. 12 And I Think That's What I'll Do Johnny Mathis 3:39
  58. 13 Life Is a Song Worth Singing Johnny Mathis 6:1
  59. 14 Let Me Be the One/I Won't Last a Day Without You Johnny Mathis 4:5
  60. 15 One Day in Your Life Johnny Mathis 4:13
  61. 16 Feelings Johnny Mathis 3:28
  62. 17 Yellow Roses on Her Gown Johnny Mathis 4:33
  63. 18 When a Child Is Born Johnny Mathis 3:43
  64. 19 All the Things You Are Johnny Mathis 3:34
  65. 20 We're All Alone Johnny Mathis 3:18
  66. 21 One Johnny Mathis 2:26
  67. 22 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late Johnny Mathis 2:59
  68. 1 The Last Time I Felt Like This Johnny Mathis 2:54
  69. 2 Love Johnny Mathis 3:28
  70. 3 With You I'm Born Again Johnny Mathis 4:5
  71. 4 Warm Johnny Mathis 4:38
  72. 5 Friends in Love Johnny Mathis 4:2
  73. 6 El Amar y el Querer Johnny Mathis 4:7
  74. 7 Love Won't Let Me Wait Johnny Mathis 4:16
  75. 8 99 Miles from L.A. Johnny Mathis 3:43
  76. 9 I Had the Craziest Dream Johnny Mathis 3:5
  77. 10 Baia (No Baixa Do Sapateiro) [Previously Unreleased] Johnny Mathis 4:9
  78. 11 Toyland Johnny Mathis 3:41
  79. 12 I'm on the Outside (Looking In) Johnny Mathis 3:21
  80. 13 It's All in the Game Johnny Mathis 2:33
  81. 14 You Belong to Me Johnny Mathis 3:40
  82. 15 All Alone Am I Johnny Mathis 3:23
  83. 16 Photograph [Previously Unreleased] Johnny Mathis 4:32
  84. 17 The Island Johnny Mathis 4:0
  85. 18 Something to Live For Johnny Mathis 3:39
  86. 19 Prelude to a Kiss Johnny Mathis 2:52
  87. 20 I Have a Love/One Hand, One Heart Barbra Streisand 4:42

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