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Merry Christmas Original recording remastered


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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, August 24, 2004
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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 (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002S94HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
3. Sleigh Ride
4. Blue Christmas
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. White Christmas
7. O Holy Night
8. What Child Is This?
9. The First Noel
10. Silver Bells
11. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
12. Silent Night, Holy Night
13. Christmas Eve
14. My Kind Of Christmas

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of the holiday classic featuring 14 Christmas standards including "Winter Wonderland", "Sleigh Ride", "Blue Christmas", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "White Christmas", "O Holy Night", & "What Child Is This?".

Customer Reviews

Johnny Mathis's voice is wonderful.
Kenny Badgett
I grew up with my parents playing this CD every year.
Mark Baker
This is simply one of the best Christmas albums ever.
Timothy J. Mckenna

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Johnny Mathis has one the sweetest, smoothest voices I have ever heard, and it is perfectly matched for these lovely Christmas tunes; he even makes the two up-tempo numbers included, "Winter Wonderland" and "Sleigh Ride", sound soft and mellow.
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.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By quoter on December 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Any lover of Christmas music who doesn't have this cd is missing out terribly. It's amazing these songs were recorded all the way back in 1958. This is the standard that all Christmas music is measured by. With this most current remastered release, we have all the songs sounding better than ever. Christmas in our family wouldn't be the same without this music. That's how special it is.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Stilwell on November 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I grew up with this Christmas album and it is my favorite! The whole CD is good, so you don't have to skip any songs. It is the one Christmas CD that I always play. I see that they have added two songs to this CD that weren't on the original, so I can't vouch for those. Be sure and buy this CD, you won't regret it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rusir-10 on December 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can't even begin to be rational about this cd. I first heard it as a child when my parents would play it every year at christmas. Yes, I'm old enough to talk about a classic - it was an album that my parents played for me. In fact, I still expect to hear a skip in "I'll be home for Christmas". Since then, I've owned this "album" as a tape and now a CD.
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Historian on December 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the greatest Christmas albums ever recorded. The pairing of Johnny Mathis' beautiful voice with the uncomprimising arrangements of Percy Faith and His Orchestra are one of the greatest matches in music history.
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.
Enjoy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I grew up with my parents playing this CD every year. To this day, the opening measures make me think of the fun of Christmas past.
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just can't say enough about this album. I've been listening to it since I was a kid and Christmas in our family just wouldn't be the same without it. To say that each song is recorded perfectly would be an understatement. Johnny's voice is unbelievable. Such emotion! The orchestrations by Percy Faith are unforgettable. If you do not own this album, you are sorely missing out during the holiday season.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the Christmas Album against which all others are judged. Considering this is 40 years old it is incredible. I first bought this album about 8 years ago and realized I grew up listening to these songs as a kid on TV or Radio. We must have played this album at least a 100 times that Christmas. It is that good
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