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The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas to Clem and Mildred Mathis. As a small boy, the family moved to Post Street in San Francisco. It was there that he learned an appreciation of music from his father who taught him his first song, “My Blue Heaven”. At age eight, his father purchased an old upright piano for $25. When he ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Mathis Store

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000DFSI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

CD complete booklet, artwork and jewel case original included. Barcode has hole in it

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend for Mathis fans and nonfans alike.
Michael P. Vimont
I love the arrangements with guitar that so wonderfully compliment John's style.
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One of the greatest albums ever done by Johnny Mathis.
BARBARA J JOHNSON

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I had no earthly idea who Diane Warren was, so when I found out the song list I was like, oh, great. These are songs made famous by, among others, Celine Dion and Michael Bolton..two singers guaranteed to make me blow my chow!
I needn't have worried, though; Mathis takes these same songs and in his own QUIET way sets to work teaching these two how a song SHOULD be done.
"Because You Loved Me" is a very contemporary-sounding recording much like its successful and better predecessor, All About Love (1996). And to be honest, that synthesized sound puts me off a little. I believe Mathis sounds best when his voice is matched to real instruments, real violins, not a machine that tries to sound like them.
The song receiving the most airplay is "If You Asked Me To", and Mathis handles some major octave jumps with great skill. The surprise and joy is the re-engineered Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine hit "Live for Loving You"; it's been toned down a couple notches for the benefit of those of us over 35, but retains its Latin roots and is very danceable! I wish they would have made this either the first or the last track.
All in all, Mathis' vocal performances are very strong throughout, maybe a little high in a couple songs. I feel the mature Mathis voice works best in the lower registers. The arrangements work for the most part also; not too overdone, and there are some outstanding studio guitarists on this album. The worst songs in my opinion are the title song and "Set the Night to Music".
Someone who cherishes the sound and the orchestration of the teenage Mathis is going to be disappointed, but we've all got to grow up sometime. Mathis has gone way beyond "Chances Are" with his last two studio recordings, and it seems he's not looking back! Good for him.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Vimont on December 16, 1999
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I'm not a raving Mathis fan although I do like his music. Stopping off at a CD outlet that allows you to preview CDs before you buy them, I put on the headphones just out of curiosity to see how Mathis sang Warren's songs. WOW, was I pleasantly suprised. After hearing Don't Take Away My Heaven (my favorite song on the CD) and By the Time This Night Is Over, I was hooked. This CD has become one of my favorites! For those who say that Mathis doesn't sing it as well as (fill in the blank); perhaps this is because it's not the way you first heard the song. Highly recommend for Mathis fans and nonfans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard Shaw on July 29, 2013
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Because You Loved Me is one of Johnny Mathis finest albums in his six decade career. It shows why and how he has survived in the highly competitive music business, where singers come and go all the time.
This album unites two of the greatest romantic musical poets in the history of music. This album is a small selection from the large body of songs written by Diane Warren, a musical genius and an internationally famed writer and living legend. Every song on this album is perfectly sung by Mathis and when you are finished listening to it you will be totally enraptured.

Richard Shaw, author of Wendy Sayvetz, Judy Collins and Joan Baez - the beauty of folk music.( Kindle ).
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By Linda on August 2, 2013
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My friend and I recently met Diane Warren in London and found her to be an amazing person as well as the songwirter of our time. She is unbelievably tallented.
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By Ray Ramirez on May 23, 2013
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One of the best singers of all time, and still going strong. Great lyrics and a fantastic arrangement. Nice CD to listen to with someone you love.
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This is a fantastic CD. It is so different compared to the earlier albums by Mathis. I love the arrangements with guitar that so wonderfully compliment John's style. So beautiful..........................
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By BARBARA J JOHNSON on November 20, 2012
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Very nice and relaxing album. One of the greatest albums ever done by Johnny Mathis. Would definitely suggest for a gift.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2003
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I wanted to get the song "Because You Loved Me". I knew Celine Dion did the song but wanted to hear Johnny Mathis. These songs are very good. I am wondering why I do not hear them on the radio.
I'm glad I bought the CD.
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