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Good Night Dear Lord

4.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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His #10 charting album from 1958, featuring Percy Faith orchestrations of such traditional songs of faith as Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Ave Maria .
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ADA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Columbia would only re-release all their artists albums like this, the world would be a better place, musically, anyways. This album comes from sessions with long-time Columbia arranger and conductor Percy Faith with the timeless vocals of Johnny Mathis. Both vocals and arrangements are flawless, reverent, and beautiful. Johnny's version of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is the most touching I've ever heard. Both "Ave Maria"s are outstanding as well. The title track, "Good Night, Dear Lord" is a plaintive prayer set to music that really sets the mood without being overly "religious", if you will. But perhaps the greatest stand-out on this disc is the absolutely beautiful "I Heard A Forest Praying". This album is a welcoome addition to the listener of ANY denomination.
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This may be the album thaat best illustrates the complete "mathis" range .From the very low in good night dear lord and swing low, sweet chariot to the very high in" Eli, El i and " koi nidre and "Ave Maria. This christmas the Jewish community highlighted this album and after listening to it again forty years later, i, believe this may be the most artistic demonstration of johnny's vocal virtuosity. Clearly one of his top ten albums of all time.
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Johnny Mathis recorded this album in the late 1950s. Many

jewish people bought it because Johnny sang 3 fabulous jewish

songs in it: Kol Nidre , Eli Eli, and Where Can I go?.

It must have taken Johnny long hours to learn these jewish songs

which he sang beautifully. His voice was at his best.

Kol Nidre is a prayer sung at the day of atonement (Yom Kippur)

the holiest day of the jewish year/ It is sung in hebrew.

Eli Eli, is sung in Yiddish, asking G-D why he has forsaken us.

It acquired a deeper significance after the holocaust.

The other song WHERE CAN I GO, is about the jewish people

wondering from country to country, searching for a place to

go because they did not have a homeland. It was a song that

surfaced during the holocaust. After the establishment of Israel

the jewish state, additional lyrics were added that now we have

a homeland where we can go. This song is bilingual, sung in

English and Yiddish. In the 1960s Steve Lawrence also recorded

it and it became well known.

This album had such influence that even Barbra Streisand remembered buying it when she was a teenager. Barbra STREISAND

later recorded an album titled HIGHER GROUND, where she included

some songs from Good Night, Dear Lord, such as that wonderful

song ONE GOD and DEEP RIVER.

Thank you, Johnny Mathis, for recording such a fabulous LP .
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This CD is a veritable classic of all time! Johnny's velvet voice, with all the spiritual passion behind it--a rare treat to find. I had this album years ago but gave up my turntable, so it is wonderful to revisit these powerful songs. My favorite is "One God", which affirms that we can't all claim "My God's better than your God" because there is just one creator, a belief that is dear to my heart. This song was ahead of its time, popular before Unitarianism and eastern philosophy became so widespread with westerners. His rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" will vibrate deep in your heart. And the title cut,"Good Night, Dear Lord", is all about having daily gratitude, a wonderful affirmation. Perhaps the most soulful song for me is "Deep River", which never ceases to amaze and tug at my heartstrings. "Eli Eli" and "Kol Nidre" is bound to strike a special chord for people of the Jewish faith, while Catholics can match Johnny's "Ave Maria" with the best of the best they've ever heard sing this song, and it might just step into the favorite position. Though I cite that these songs will have a great deal of meaning for people of particular religions, I find this collection to be non-dogmatic and in a sense, non-denominational. They just are a straight shot to the heart and to the spirit, and that's the way I like it. Johnny's voice and amazing range is delicious to my ears, my heart, and my soul. His high notes are pristine, his bass notes are so emotion-stirring. The orchestral arrangements by Percy Faith provide a beautiful frame for this masterpiece. If you can find this collection, buy it, and I think you will take much delight in it.
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Love Good Night. Dear Lord. Had it years ago and lost it. The whole album is beautiful!! Just had to have it again.
Johnny Mathis is my favorite singer. Especially love Kol Nidre, Eli Eli and Deep River.

Paula
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Good Night Dear Lord by Johnny Mathis is not easy to find in any form; so when I found this CD on Amazon, I did not think twice about getting it.
This is my husband's favorite album. He received the CD from me for Christmas,and now enjoys hearing it on his Boz.
For anyone who loves Johnny Mathis, this CD is a" must have" for your collection.
It arrive in excellent condition ; all I had to do was gift wrap it.
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