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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028VQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Mathis has been a family tradition all of my life. I grew up in a home that played his music, and we went to his concerts from the time of my childhood through today. His music was something that was shared in my family, because we had an appreciation of great musical song stylists, and there are no others who can exceed in the quality of their emotion, phraseology, and presentation the way that Johnny can!
This CD has some of his finest songs, including "How Can You Keep the Music Playing", which we had the pleasure of hearing in concert even before he recorded it. Michel LeGrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman know how to create wonderful music, and Johnny's interpretation brings out the best of their songs. You will thoroughly enjoy this recording!
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Finding quality songs, using quality producers, and performing with quality musicians has been the Mathis method for many years. Quality is certainly the hallmark of this recording featuring the music of French composer Michel Legrand and the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. In fact, the exceptional sound clarity is the first thing that should strike the listener upon playing the compact disc for the first time. Non-existent background noise, crystalline piano, and undistorted vocals all reflect the loving care put into the production of this recording. Mathis comes home to the style and sound that made him one of the first black millionaires in the entertainment industry over 40 years ago. Unlike the previous two recordings, 1990's Grammy-nominated, jazz-based "In a Sentimental Mood-Mathis Sings Ellington" and 1991's eclectic "Better Together-The Duet Album", this 1993 recording features the style that made Johnny Mathis famous: simple romantic solo ballads backed with tasteful orchestration. Mathis has never been afraid to find new avenues for his voice; on the other hand, he is aware of his limitations. He knows he will never be a soulful singer; but as a song stylist, Mathis is one of the best, being second only to Frank Sinatra in album sales. Anyone wanting to relax after a hard day at work or school will find that this recording hits the spot. Get the compact disc, because tapes just don't do justice to quality recordings such as this one. In this age of degrading lyrics and senseless noise, Mathis remains a welcome staple in popular music's menu. END
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By A Customer on January 15, 2000
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I purchased this CD with the intent of acquiring a collection of movie themes written by Michel LeGrand that were not abstract jazz (which is apparently the composers prefered style). I grew up with Johnny - my mother adored him and when I saw he had a current collection of LeGrand themes I thought "what the heck, I'll try it". I was very impressed that Johnny was still able to "do it for me" after all these years. If you like Johnny Mathis you will enjoy this CD a great deal. In addition to Johnny's voice the arrangements are gorgeous. I can't tell you how many CD's I've purchased trying to find a recording of LeGrand music that was straight forward - elegant - and recognizable.
Thanks, Johnny!
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Here is another wonderful album by the greatest singer since Nat King Cole. Legrand, the Bergmans, and Mathis have collaborated on an album of beautiful songs--half of which I had never heard before. I was pleasantly surprised. The songs are dreamy, mellow, sung in Johnny's incomparable style. Of course, he is the master balladeer, whose enunciation and phrasing are always perfect. Even if someone else has recorded a song, Johnny always sings it his way. The orchestration and arrangements of each song are perfect and unique. Johnny creates a mood of intimacy and sensuality as if he is just singing to you alone. I have always heard the song, How Do You Keep The Music Playing, with an orchestra accompaniment. It was uniquely different and beautiful to hear it with just piano accompaniment. This album should be in the collection of anyone who is a Mathis fan.
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I have never been disapointed in anything this man has done. Like I have said before, if you do not have this then you are missing out on another great CD. He begins and ends with the song "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" Just beautiful music!
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What a combination; that heart-string warbling, warm, passionate & precise tone, inflection, and well timed and phrased singing, thick, lush, top-notch orchestral/instrumental back-up, and world-class sound/studio Production, plus as perfectly melodic a group of 'American Song-book' songs, as he and his producer could choose, equals imo, one of his finest , three Recordings. Those who love the above combination, probably know which the other two are (1 was with Henry Mancini around 1990, 2nd is 'Isn't It Romantic' circa late 90s?, and 3rd, this one. Also a Close 4th, is the more upbeat, recording he did of & with a certain (very talented), female, song-writer back in the late 90s)!! Kudos to Mr. Mathis; what an incredible & long career, and how wonderful that he managed to sustain his exceptional, unique voice, health, and passion for recording, great Songs of the times!! Once a professional singer myself, his was one of the 3-4 singers who i used to closely imitate, singing one of his more famous songs. I loved doing that for a crowd as much as simply kicking back or working to the background sounds of Mathis, Barbara Streisand/Tony Bennett, F Sinatra, John Gary, Andy Williams, Celine Dion, and more recently, Michael Buble, etc. This is a recording you'll never get tired of playing!!!
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