The Singles

The Singles

by Johnny MathisJohnny Mathis


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The conceit behind the 2015 box The Singles is simple: collect all the songs Johnny Mathis originally released as singles while he was at Columbia. That is a long stretch of time -- it begins with 1956's "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and ends in 1981 with "Nothing Between Us But Love" -- and The Singles also covers ground not often heard on a Johnny Mathis collection, with a full 31 of its 87 tracks seeing their CD debut here. It should be noted that this doesn't mean The Singles contains every one of Mathis' hits. Anything originally appearing on an album is not here, which means a handful of charting hits are missing in action (the biggest among these is "Misty," the 1959 number 12 hit that's part of the Grammy Hall of Fame), and while they're missed, there's also something to be said for breaking Mathis' career down to 45s. For one, it's easy to trace trends within this confined setting. Mathis may not have chased fads -- a large part of his charm lay in how he embraced old-fashioned crooning at the height of rock & roll, yet seemed youthful -- but times invariably change, no matter how intently Mitch Miller tried to preserve the middle of the road in amber. Miller handed over the everyday production reins of Mathis to Al Ham as the '50s gave way to the '60s and there was a slow shift in Johnny's records, as he retained the syrupy gaze of Miller but also broadened his palette to encompass elements of widescreen drama but, just as often, he'd return to the velvet pop he pioneered with Miller. Mathis took a four-year hiatus in the middle of the '60s, riding out the peak of the British Invasion and Motown over at Mercury, then returned to a Miller-less Columbia in 1967, finding it a place amenable to appropriations of current pop trends. Mathis remained a crooner -- he didn't dress in paisley and pick up an acoustic guitar -- but he dabbled in modern production trends and sang songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Webb, and Burt Bacharach & Hal David. This stretch of singles -- beginning about halfway through the third disc and ending partway through the fourth -- is the most varied portion of The Singles, so it's the most interesting to hear, while the remaining late-'70s material is nice adult contemporary. Nevertheless, the first two discs contain the music that crystallized Johnny Mathis' appeal: he made the middle of the road seem fresh and if Mitch Miller's productions grow wearisome, Mathis' voice never does.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751205529
catalogNumber: 512055
Rank: 117069


Disc 1

  1. Wonderful! Wonderful!
  2. When Sunny Gets Blue
  3. It's Not for Me to Say
  4. Warm and Tender
  5. Chances Are
  6. The Twelfth of Never
  7. Wild Is the Wind
  8. No Love (But Your Love)
  9. When I Am with You
  10. Come to Me
  11. All the Time
  12. Teacher, Teacher
  13. A Certain Smile
  14. Let It Rain
  15. Call Me
  16. Stairway to the Sea
  17. You Are Beautiful
  18. Let's Love
  19. Someone
  20. Very Much In Love
  21. I Look at You
  22. The Flame of Love

Disc 2

  1. Small World
  2. You Are Everything to Me
  3. The Story of Our Love
  4. The Best of Everything
  5. Cherie
  6. Starbright
  7. All Is Well
  8. Hey Love
  9. My Love for You
  10. Oh That Feeling
  11. How to Handle a Woman
  12. While You're Young
  13. You Set My Heart to Music
  14. Jenny
  15. Should I Wait (Or Should I Run to Her)
  16. Laurie, My Love
  17. Wasn't the Summer Short?
  18. There You Are
  19. My Kind of Christmas
  20. Christmas Eve
  21. Sweet Thursday
  22. One Look
  23. Marianna
  24. Unaccustomed As I Am
  25. That's the Way It Is

Disc 3

  1. I'll Never Be Lonely Again
  2. Gina
  3. I Love Her That's Why
  4. What Will My Mary Say
  5. Quiet Girl
  6. Every Step of the Way
  7. Sooner or Later
  8. I'll Search My Heart
  9. All the Sad Young Men
  10. Don't Talk to Me
  11. Among the First to Know
  12. Long Winter Nights
  13. Night Dreams
  14. Whoever You Are, I Love You [From the B'way Musical, "Promises, Promise
  15. For All We Know
  16. Wherefore and Why
  17. The Last Time I Saw Her
  18. Darling Lili
  19. Sign of the Dove
  20. Christmas Is...
  21. Ten Times Forever More

Disc 4

  1. I Was There
  2. Evie
  3. Think About Things
  4. If We Only Have Love
  5. This Way Mary
  6. Sometimes
  7. I
  8. Take Good Care of Her
  9. Walking Tall
  10. Turn the Lights Down
  11. Christmas In the City of the Angels
  12. The Very First Christmas Day
  13. The Lord's Prayer
  14. When a Child Is Born
  15. Nothing Between Us but Love
  16. It Doesn't Have to Hurt Every Time
  17. There! I've Said It Again
  18. Three Times a Lady
  19. The Way You Look Tonight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mathis   Primary Artist
Ray Conniff   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Allyn Ferguson   Conductor
Gene Page   Conductor
Perry Botkin   Conductor
Capps   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Ernie Freeman   Conductor
Robert Mersey   Conductor
Glenn Osser   Conductor
D'Arneill Pershing   Conductor
Pete King   Conductor,Choir Conductor

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Johnny Mathis   Composer,Liner Notes
Carole King   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Allyn Ferguson   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Ron Dante   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Frank deVol   Producer
Jim Lane   Direction
Clark Gassman   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ray Ellis   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Bob Feldman   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Arnold Goland   Composer
Jack Gold   Composer,Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Mersey   Producer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Ray Parker   Composer
Candy Parton   Composer
D'Arneill Pershing   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Tony Romano   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Paul Vance   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Ham   Producer
Billy Myles   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Composer
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra   Composer
Dave Mann   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Jim Andron   Composer
Roger Lyons   Composer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Felice Mancini   Composer
Herbert Rehbein   Composer
Alfred Lord Tennyson   Composer
Gene Allan   Composer
Albert Beach   Composer
Eric Blau   Composer
Leon Carr   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Alan Jeffreys   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Composer,Producer
Fred Jay   Composer
Peter Lind Hayes   Composer
Norman Kaye   Composer
Molly-Ann Leikin   Composer
Sam Lewis   Composer
Spence Maxwell   Composer
Giuseppe Cioffi   Composer
Michael Colicchio   Composer
Eaton Magoon   Composer
W. Scharf   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
J. M. Robinson   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer
Tony Piano   Composer
Michael Coldin   Composer
Fred Haber   Composer
Barbara Hayden   Composer
Frederic Loewe   Composer
Neil Westen   Composer
Ernie Richman   Composer
Thomas Garlock   Composer
Suzy Elman   Composer

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