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Merry Christmas Original recording remastered

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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?".

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis
  2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - Johnny Mathis
  3. Sleigh Ride - Johnny Mathis
  4. Blue Christmas - Johnny Mathis
  5. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  6. White Christmas - Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  7. O Holy Night - Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  8. What Child Is This? - Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  9. The First Noel - Johnny Mathis
  10. Silver Bells - Johnny Mathis
  11. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Johnny Mathis
  12. Silent Night, Holy Night - Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  13. Christmas Eve - Johnny Mathis
  14. My Kind of Christmas - Johnny Mathis


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002S94HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on July 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's a pity that Rodney Crowell hasn't had more commercial success than he has acquired. The man just knows how to write songs. This disc, his top one commercially, shows how a REAL country musician can take elements of rockabilly, pop and country and meld them together to form something that doesn't come off as kitschy or ignorant sounding. You won't find any Tim McGraw whining or Garth Brooks attempting to sing with soul on this album, this one is all heart. Crowell's progressive country stood out from the pack of pop country stars in the late 80's who almost killed the genre. Their music was easy to digest, but it held no weight. It was music for the moment and thank heavens that moment is gone. The songs on this album, however, will be remembered long after Mr. Crowell has left us. "She's Crazy for Leaving" was an instant classic. It's an "I'm sorry baby, but I'm still right" kind of song where Rodney just plays off the girl as being insane for not staying with him. He did nothing wrong, right? "Above and Beyond," sounds perfect in this batch of tunes, and does nothing to take away from the others who recorded it. "After All This Time" is another song destined for greatness. As a whole, the songs on this album are superb. Give Rodney Crowell his due. He is a great songwriter, and the intelligent man's country singer. And if you sware you've never heard him before, just take a look at "Ashes by Now" on Lee Ann Womack's album and see who wrote it. That goes for Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" as well.
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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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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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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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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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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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