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Open Fire, Two Guitars

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMY3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dennis Brislen on September 2, 1999
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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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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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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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By A Customer on June 3, 2000
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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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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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Long a favorite of mine, Open Fire, Two Guitars, gives us his splendid renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook and they are stunning indeed. With his incredibly fine vocal abilities, beautiful phrasing and penchant for including the introductions to the songs in all his performances, Johnny offers up some of the creme de la creme of his catalog of music. Songs like, My Funny Valentine, Embraceable You, I'll Be Seeing You, In The Still of The Night, Bye Bye Blackbird, When I Fall in Love, and so many more give us an opportunity to hear these favorites in a entirely new way...Johnny's way. The result is an album of songs you won't soon forget. I owned the original vinyl on this title until I wore it out! This is the CD format and it is everything I remembered it to be...minus the scratches! I simply would not be without this collection of songs sung by one of the "young" masters...the inimitable Johnny Mathis.
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Another gem from Johnny Mathis. Perfect vocals, arrangements and song selection. On this album Johnny is backed by two guitars which really allows you to appreciate how beautiful an instrument his voice is. In an age when singers release albums every 3 or 4 years it is incredible to think that Johnny released this album, Heavenly and Faithfully all in the same year (1959). Songs include I'll Be Seeing You, My Funny Valentine, Tenderly and In The Still Of The Night.
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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.” I ordered the remastered CD as an anniversary present. The beautiful, clear, classic voice of Johnny Mathis is wonderful to listen to again on this CD which is faithful to the original recording. After all these years the music still touches the heart.
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