Merry Christmas Original recording remastered
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My all-time favorite song is "O Holy Night", and his interpretation of it is superb, with a lush string arrangement, and a final gorgeous pianissimo note from Johnny. Hearing it never fails to inspire and move me.
This is a calming and peaceful collection, with songs like "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "Silent Night" taken at a slow and easy pace, with wonderful backing from Percy Faith and his orchestra. Mathis was a 23 years old when he recorded this in 1958, but was already a big star, and shows enormous musical maturity.
The bonus tracks, "Christmas Eve" and "My Kind of Christmas", I feel are slightly out of place. Though they were recorded a mere three years after the original songs for this album, they sound too "modern", as if they are from another era, and perhaps this is because the songs are not familiar classics like the rest; that slight quibble aside, this is an excellent collection of Christmas music, of such quality that it can be enjoyed any time of the year. The re-mastered sound is very good, and total time is 50'29.
For many of these Christmas songs on this album, Johnny Mathis's version is the standard. I can enjoy and appreciate the new versions of these songs, but this CD is the cornerstone of my Christmas collection.
Johnny's versions of "Sleigh Ride", "Winter Wonderland", "Silver Bells", "The First Noel", and "O Holy Night" are as much a classic as Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", Elvis' "I'll Be Home for Christmas", Nat "King" Cole's "The Christmas Song", and Dean Martin's "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow."
I can't think of a cd that says "Christmas" more than this one. Originally released in 1957, it is a timeless classic that should actually be passed on from generation to generation.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR
I love Christmas music, and have a collection that grows bigger each year. Still, Johnny Mathis has my favorite versions of some of these songs, especially "Winter Wonderland," with parts I've never heard anywhere else, and "Sleigh Ride." I also like his rendition of "What Child is This" which includes all three choruses, not just the one that everyone is most familiar with.
This is the kind of Christmas music that makes me want to light a fire, drink some hot chocolate, and just listen. You won't regret buying this classic CD.
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A must have for anyone who likes Christmas music or Johnny Mathis for that matter. This actually may be the best Christmas CD Mathis has put out when you compare it to the later... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Tadster
My wife had this first on vinyl and then cassette tape which got lost. It's her very favorite Christmas album. Glad to have it again.Published 2 months ago by Lewpubco
There are some Christmas albums that are pretty much required for those who like and remember the days when GREAT Christmas albums were put out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Timothy Verthein