Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

by Johnny MathisJohnny Mathis


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Johnny Mathis began working with Jack Gold in 1969 and the producer helped nudge the singer into the modern age, having him cover songs from Rod McKuen, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and songs from hit films. Gold continued with this formula on 1970's Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, an album filled with modern classics, including selections from McKuen, Webb, and three from Bacharach & David. These are overshadowed by numbers by George Harrison ("Something"), Paul Simon ("Bridge Over Troubled Water"), and Fred Neil ("Everybody's Talkin'"), every one of which defines the transition from the '60s to the '70s. Mathis, who last saw the inside of Billboard's Top 40 in 1963, had his eyes on the times, as did Gold, who helped give the LP a feel that's certainly lush but determined to dodge the Mitch Miller-endorsed middle of the road. Perhaps it's possible to read Mathis' interpretation of "Alfie" as pushing homoerotic boundaries, but the message at best feels coded. "Alfie" is best understood as part of the dominance of sophisticated craft in MOR at the dawn of the '70s, a horizon to which Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head is proudly a part of. The songs are known and the arrangements are comfortably plush, which means it felt cozy in 1970 and it remains comforting decades later, because it manages to meld memories of Mathis' Mitch Miller peak with the paisley overtones of the '60s hangover, so it feels of its time and out of it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064006817
catalogNumber: 681
Rank: 86689

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mathis   Primary Artist
Perry Botkin   Conductor
Capps   Conductor
Ernie Freeman   Conductor
Robert Mersey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Phil May   Engineer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Francis Lai   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Capps   Arranger
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Ernie Freeman   Arranger
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Jack Gold   Producer
Robert Mersey   Producer
Jerry Keller   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Pierre Barouh   Composer
Herbert Rehbein   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
John Sellards   Art Direction
Jack Gold   Composer
Jeff James   Producer
Joe Marchese   Reissue Producer,Annotation
Charles Singleton   Composer

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