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Open Fire Two Guitars + Heavenly + Warm & Swing Softly
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Editorial Reviews

Johnny's #4-charting album from 1958 found him shedding the usual orchestral backing for, just two acoustic guitars and that magnificent voice. Includes Embraceable You; My Funny Valentine; Bye Bye Blackbird , and more.

1. Open Fire
2. Bye Bye Blackbird
3. In the Still of the Night
4. Embraceable You
5. I'll Be Seeing You
6. Tenderly
7. When I Fall in Love
8. I Concentrate on You
9. Please Be Kind
10. You'll Never Know
11. I'm Just a Boy in Love
12. My Funny Valentine

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMY3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Brislen on September 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This reissue of a 1959 album for Columbia is a classic! At the time, Mathis was as hot as one could get in record sales with hit after hit following his 1956 breakthrough smash, IT"S NOT FOR ME TO SAY. This album was risky as it was a departure from the "formula" which his audience had become used to. It was terrific then and still is today. This is Mathis in his prime with excellent material comprised of great old standards. A pleasant surprise is the title tune, a little known, wistful ballad which is the equal of any of the better known songs on the album. It would be interesting to hear the mature Mathis of today perform these same tunes with a small ensemble behind him. Until then, enjoy this one it's a winner.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By fcs@ceebic.org on June 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you liked "Misty" and "The Twelfth of Never" you will love this album. Every selection is hauntingly beautiful, and unlike some of Mathis' other albums, there is a consistency of mood in this one which leaves the listener mesmerized.This is the epitome of mood music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cassel on April 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I loved this album in '59 and love it more now then ever. The songs are among the great tunes ever written. Besides that, the arrangements and improvizations of the 2 guitars and a bass are outstanding. Having seen Mathis live in the early 60's I was aware that he is a great song stylist. He's a terrific jazz singer and this comes through on some of the tunes. The arrangement of "In the Still Of The Night" is very cool. Mathis has an incredible voice. If you have the chance, see him live and you'll be sold.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Simply, one of the most romantic light-jazz albums ever. I relished the vinyl from the late '50s until it became too scratched to enjoy. Frankly, I can't understand why Mathis or the publisher waited so long to release this on CD as it blows away anything he ever has done in terms of his artistry, sexiness and sensitivity. Maria and Tenderly are especially haunting. Mathis's voice quality was superb, at the height of his "game." As an instrument, his voice blends exquisitely with the beauty and delicacy of the two guitarists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a sure bet for setting the mood for a romantic candlelight dinner for two. Johnny was truly at his vocal and artistic peak when this timeless album was recorded and issued. While today universally recognized as one of the greatest romantic music albums ever recorded, it was not (strangely) one of his biggest sellers back in 1959-60. The best thing about this wonderful CD reissue is that Sony Legacy did a magnificent remastering job here. A classic to forever enjoy and cherish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful music. Soothing, romantic, puts you in a different place. Brings back many memories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I had this collection on L P and transfered it to tape when I moved to Florida. I played the heck out of it and now it is GREAT to see it available on CD. This is a masterpiece in every selection, the arrangements and his control are fabulous. A must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Geluz on January 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My wife and I enjoyed "Open Fire, Two Guitars". Giving it 4 stars is short of excellent. He sounded great and I remember it from when I first listened to it with friends. We actually listened to it while we drank martinis over an open fire place during my U.S. Foreign Service years in the 1960s. I would highly recommend it to any Johnny Mathis fans. It's a great C.D. for people in love, regardless of their ages.

Bob Geluz
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