Let It Be Me - Mathis In Nashville

September 21, 2010 | Format: MP3

$10.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 17, 2010
  • Release Date: September 17, 2010
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 46:48
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  • ASIN: B00433OCYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,558 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The song selection is great and his voice his terrific.
Susan J
Love listening to these country classics done in the unbeatable style of my favorite artist.
Roberta Johnson
I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves the older music!!
Diana Gay Daley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Wilson on September 21, 2010
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This is the best Johnny Mathis' album in years, and trust me, I buy them all, day of release. It's always saddened me that he gets so little attention---where is his Kennedy Center Honors?---but that's the world's loss. "JM in Nashville" finds Mathis in fine voice---as silky as ever, but more engaged than I've heard him in a while; I think he's having a good time. Listeners will too.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patty on September 24, 2010
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Johnny Mathis has not released a new CD since May of 2008 and I have been eagerly awaiting his new release. It does not disappoint.
His voice is so pure and sweet on this CD. He sounds effortless yet fully engaged. Buy it and really listen to this man sing. He brings
tears to my eyes.
I agree with another reviewer--where is his Kennedy Center Honor?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Markus on September 22, 2010
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I am amazed at how youthful and pure Mr. Mathis's voice still is. A fantastic album that I'll listen to over and over.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter O. Swanson on September 25, 2010
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I bought this album for my bride (of 42 years!), and we've enjoyed it tremendously.
JM sounds so good, that I wondered if it was a repackaging of an earlier unreleased album. It's that cleanly sung. Best I can divine is that it is indeed fresh work, and it is of the finest kind. A wonderful album, however it came to be. Astonishingly smoothly sung. It takes some courage to cover "Love Me Tender" - but it works soooo well. Likewise, "Shenandoah" with a great quote taken "From The New World" by Antonin Dvorak at the head and the tail of the selection. It truly is a wonderful album! Thank you, Johnny Mathis, for the enjoyment you bring.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
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It first looked like a 50s-60s Sony Legacy reissue: minor at best, cheesy at worst. Johnny Mathis, for most of 55 years the smooth, suave crooner covering everyone from Ellington to Diane Warren and working with producer/arrangers from Percy Faith to Gamble/Huff, sings countrypolitan standards posing in front of a red barn and green field right out of a "Real McCoys" colorized rerun.

Yet "Let It Be Me," one of only three new, non-holiday releases from Mathis this last decade, proves the timelessness of these classic country hits and of Mathis' tender singing. The set list lends itself to overdramatization and, at worst, parody: "Crazy" and "Love Me Tender" are iconic performances by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley, while Ray Charles rendered "You Don't Know Me," and "I Can't Stop Lovin' You" as two of the most heartbroken ballads in his canon. (They became oily and tossed-off in Jerry Vale and Frank Sinatra's respective hands, and Dean Martin hit with this stuff only in Jimmy Bowen's quasi 50's ballad arrangements.)

But Mathis rests his delicate delivery on a warm bed of strings for each song, with vocals astonishingly close to the ones singing "Misty," "Chances Are," and his other classics pondering the opening moments of new romance. Mathis wisely brings this romantic singing view to his readings of Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" and his gentle duet "Let It Be Me" with Allison Krauss (who shows some versatility after raising sand two years ago with that other high-voiced, rock and roll romantic icon on their hit album.) You might not ever want to hear another version of "What A Wonderful World"; Louis Armstrong's gruff, knowing vocals could have rendered the song ironic but instead made it one about resilience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg New York City on October 2, 2010
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I was a bit skeptical about this recording, as I'm an enormous fan of Mathis' years where he wasn't simply doing popular covers of songs (i.e., recordings such as "I'm Coming Home" and the inexplicably unreleased on CD or MP3, "Mathis Is....", both produced by the king of Philly sound, Thom Bell, as well as the dynamic "The Best Years Of My Life" (not the least of which is the unparalleled duet with Mathis' most perfect duet partner, Jane Olivor)) but Mathis (at what, 74 years old recording this) is as silken and smooth as ever. If the astonishing long notes Mathis is so famous for aren't here, no matter -- it's just a direct, heartfelt, effortless, and elegant recording (backed in part by the luminous Alison Krauss on the title track), and I believe Vince Gill is in the mix at times as well. I believe this recording was done live in Nashwille with the musicians, rather than Johnny piping it in from Los Angeles (and the Mathis self-multi-tracked harmonies at certain points are wonderful, wonderful indeed).

To sum it up, all you have to do is go right to go right to the track, "Shenandoah". Personally, I had tears running down my face when I first heard this, and it's one of the most beautiful, elegiac (as is much of this recording) recordings by Mathis or anyone else, ever.

Johnny, please come to New York City (as in Manhattan, not New Jersey or the outside boroughs) -- I wasn't living here yet, but I flew in for your Carnegie Hall debut, and you'll always hold the deepest place in my heart. (oh, Sony Legacy =- please get on the ball and release the Mathis Chic-produced great lost recording, "I Love My Lady" -- what's the point of keeping it in the vaults?)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By OKKathy on September 27, 2010
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A must have for any Johnny Mathis fan! His voice is as strong as ever! This is not your typical "Country" album, it has been "Mathisized" & made oh so much better! :-)
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