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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. When Sunny Gets Blue (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It's Not For Me To Say (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wonderful! Wonderful! (Single Version)Johnny Mathis 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chances AreJohnny Mathis 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. No Love (But Your Love) (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Twelfth Of Never (Single Version)Johnny Mathis 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wild Is The Wind (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Teacher, Teacher (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Certain Smile (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sleigh RideJohnny Mathis 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. My Funny Valentine (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. MistyJohnny Mathis 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Small World (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Maria (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Dancing On The Ceiling (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Stairway To The Stars (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Gina (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. What Will My Mary Say (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Sweetheart TreeJohnny Mathis 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (From the B'way Musical, "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)")Johnny Mathis 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Look Of Love (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. A Time For Us (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. I'm Coming Home (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Life Is A Song Worth SingingJohnny Mathis 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 99 Miles From L.A. (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What I Did For Love (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. When a Child Is Born (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (Album Version)Johnny Mathis fear. Deniece Williams 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Begin the BeguineJohnny Mathis 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Memory (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Friends In LoveJohnny Mathis and Dionne Warwick 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Prelude To A Kiss (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Let Your Heart Remember (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Un-Break My Heart (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Because You Loved Me (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries (Album Version)Johnny Mathis Featuring Forever Plaid 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. On Broadway (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000219986
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

40 legendary performances from probably the top male vocalist of the last 40 years or so. Includes Wonderful! Wonderful!; It's Not for Me to Say; Chances Are; The Twelfth of Never; No Love (but Your Love); Wild Is the Wind; Teacher, Teacher; A Certain Smile; Misty; Maria; Gina; What Will My Mary Say; Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (with Deniece Williams); I'm Coming Home; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever , and more.

Customer Reviews

I've always loved this artist and this is the best collection of hits.
There is plenty to interest fans who just want one Johnny Mathis collection as well as those who already have some of Johnny's music and wish to buy more.
Peter Durward Harris
"What I Did For Love," a song from A Chorus Song, showcases Johnny's vocal talents as he sings this with great sensitivity.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Olivares on August 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My relatives were Johnny Mathis fans when I was growing up. I liked his music then so I was curious to hear this double-album. Not surprisingly, I'm glad I got it.

The forty tracks on this compilation cover 1956 through 2000. To the new listener, it's an excellent introduction to a legendary artist. To the long time fan, it's a very impressive collection with tracks not found on previous Jon Mat compilations. The first eight tracks are mono. Most of his early hits like "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never" and "It's Not For Me To Say" were performed with Ray Conniff. Other hits include "Wonderful! Wonderful!", "A Certain Smile", "Gina" and his popular duet with Deniece Williams "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late". There's one Christmas song: "Sleigh Ride". "99 Miles From L.A." was originally from the 1975 album "Feelings" but here it's a live version. "A Time For Us" is actually the Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet.

He also sings songs from Broadway shows such as "Gypsy", "Cats", "West Side Story" and "Evergreen" to name a few. He also has a few movie tunes here as well. There are also several cover songs including most recently "Unbreak My Heart" and "Because You Loved Me". A few album cuts and some minor hits make up the rest of the album. The booklet has no essay; instead there's a track listing with recording dates, chart positions and some photos.

If you're just getting familiar with Jon Mat, you found a great place to begin your collection. If you have other collections already give this some consideration since it covers slightly more material. If you want just one Johnny Mathis compilation, this is it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Essential Johnny Mathis is a splendid two CD set that is an absolute must have for fans of the great Johnny Mathis. The sound quality is excellent and I like the artwork.

"Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)" starts the first CD with Johnny crooning just as well as any crooner ever could! The arrangement highlights Johnny's vocals and this suits me just fine. Johnny handles this tune with sophistication. "When Sunny Gets Blue" features Johnny with a lush musical arrangement; his voice is as smooth as silk. "It's Not For Me To Say" is a Johnny Mathis classic; he aces this number and it's gorgeous to hear! "Wonderful! Wonderful!" stuns me with its beauty; and listen also for "Chances Are." "Chances Are" is a rather romantic number that features Johnny front and center; it's beautiful when he delivers this so flawlessly.

"A Certain Smile" again features Johnny's excellent vocal talents and the arrangement makes good use of the strings; and there's also "Misty." "Misty" is easily worth the price of this CD set alone; I love every minute of it! "What Will My Mary Say" is another huge hit for Johnny Mathis; he bats this one straight out of the ballpark! Awesome!

The first CD ends with Johnny singing "The Look Of Love." Johnny never sings a superfluous note and this really impresses me.

The second CD continues the hits. "I'm Coming Hone" is a fantastic tune and Johnny sings this with panache, heart and soul. "What I Did For Love," a song from A Chorus Song, showcases Johnny's vocal talents as he sings this with great sensitivity. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" is a beautiful duet between Johnny and Deniece Williams; their voices complement each other perfectly and I love it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on December 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
You won't find "Tonight" (from Westside Story) in this collection. And you also won't get liner notes. Seems like a rush job to cash in on this remarkable singer and snag wallets from the pockets of nostalgic baby-boomers without doing a thing to earn the right.

The best thing I can say about this collection is that most casual fans will like the first disc, and they'll get turned on to new things they'll like on the second disc. I know of no other single CD disc you can buy that has as extensive a collection of recognizable "greatest hits" than what you'll get all on the first CD of this 2-CD set.

But if you're a real fan... get "The Music of Johnny Mathis -- A Personal Collection" 4-CD box set. It's really not a lot more money. (In fact, for a box set, it's a steal.) And you get informative liner notes. I know that's a lot of music, but like walking through someone's prolific garden, you get to pick and choose. And you probably won't miss what you were looking for. (Unless if you were looking for his great recording of "All the Time"...) Ah, well... I tried to help.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Brock VINE VOICE on January 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to Johnnie Mathis for over 40 years. And, while I did "stray" from his music in my 30's, I have found that as the years go by, I am making my way back to him. This is an album that does exactly that: takes me back to his music that I know and love. Regardless of your mood, there is a song on this album for you. When I listen, certain songs bring back very, very fond memories, while others are used to create new ones in my life today. It's an album worth having.
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