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Open Fire Two Guitars

Johnny MathisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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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 (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 (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathis at his best! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis in his purest form 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album for lovers of Great musical standards 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of All Time June 3, 2000
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A romantic music essential. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Fire Two Guitars February 8, 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate!!! May 2, 1999
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Open Fire, Two Guitars 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one really great CD! Thanks for the customer service.
Published 29 days ago by Deborah J. Dirk-Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memories
My husband and I have been married for 53 years. When we were dating “our song” was Johnny Mathis’ singing My Funny Valentine on the LP “Open Fire, Two Guitars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mizb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He is the best no matter what he sings I have all his CD's
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
Always loved this as an LP, now even better. It was a gift that was much appreciated. Always try to see Johnny whenever he tours near us.
Published 4 months ago by P. Kienzle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Johnny Mathis is the best of the best. He sings these songs with his special guitarist. Great music to listen to sipping wine or having dinner with special guests. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jaclou
5.0 out of 5 stars His best album
Delicate guitar work matched by a sensitive, sinuous and eloquent voice. For anyone wondering if the crooners of the Fifties and Sixties still have anything to offer, this is a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Doreski
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Fire Two Guitars---A fine Surprise and A Keeper
I didn't quite know what to expect when I ordered this CD, but it gets 5 stars from me because of its simplicity. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms P. Wooldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I'm very pleased with the CD. Johnny Mathis has such a smooth voice. My wife and I listen to this often. She loves it.
Published 10 months ago by Duane Stensvad
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathis, Pure and Simple
Johnny Mathis is famous for singing standards with beautiful orchestral arrangements to back his unique vocal talent. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. HIRN
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathis and basic backup - WOW!
For pure music this session is awesome. Johnny's voice needs no critique-it is awesome. Supported by not 2 guitars and a bass all you get is music - no embellishments, no big bad... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Saikin
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