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Johnny Mathis: Complete Christmas Collection (1958-2010)

Track List

>Ave Maria - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Winter Wonderland - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Sleigh Ride - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Blue Christmas - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>I'll Be Home for Christmas - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>White Christmas - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>O Holy Night - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>What Child Is This? - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>First Noel, The - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Silver Bells - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Silent Night, Holy Night - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Ol' Kris Kringle - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Give Me Your Love for Christmas [1961 Version] - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Christmas Eve - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>My Kind of Christmas - (featuring Percy Faith & His Orchestra)
>Sounds of Christmas, The
>Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
>Marshmallow World, A
>God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
>Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
>Little Drummer Boy, The
>Have Reindeer, Will Travel
>Secret of Christmas, The
>Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
>Carol of the Bells
>Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart
>Hallelujah Chorus
>Jingle Bell Rock
>Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
>My Favorite Things
>Give Me Your Love for Christmas
>Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
>What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
>Do You Hear What I Hear?
>Calypso Noel
>Little Drummer Boy, The
>Christmas Day
>Lord's Prayer, The
>Sign of the Dove
>Christmas Is... [Single Version]
>When a Child Is Born (Soleado) [Stereo Single Version]
>Very First Christmas Day [Single Version], The
>Christmas in the City of the Angels
>Lord's Prayer, The - (featuring Johnny Mathis/The Pips/Gladys Knight)
>When a Child Is Born [Soleado] - (featuring Johnny Mathis/The Pips/Gladys Knight)
>It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
>It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
>Jingle Bells
>Toyland
>Christmas Waltz, The
>Every Christmas Eve/Giving (Santa's Theme)
>Christmas Is for Everyone/Where Can I Find Christmas
>We Need a Little Christmas
>Caroling, Caroling/Happy Holiday
>It's Christmas Time Again
>O Tannenbaum - (featuring Johnny Mathis/Mannheim Steamroller)
>Joy to the World
>Heavenly Peace
>Away in a Manger
>Christmas Love Song, A
>Frosty the Snowman
>Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
>O Little Town of Bethlehem
>I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
>Snowfall/Christmas Time Is Here
>Merry Christmas
>Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - (featuring Johnny Mathis/Bette Midler)
>What a Wonderful World [Christmas Version] - (featuring Johnny Mathis/Lane Brody)
>Ave Maria [Long Version]

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Mike Piacentini.

Liner Note Authors: Joe Marchese; Johnny Mathis.

Recording information: 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (01/01/1969); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (01/01/1969); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/1969); Conway Recording, Hollywood (01/01/1969); Conway Recording,Hollywood (01/01/1969); Hollywood, California, USA (01/01/1969); Los Angeles, California, USA (01/01/1969); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (01/01/1969); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (01/01/1969); Right Track Studios, NY (01/01/1969); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (01/01/1969); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (01/01/1969); The Hop North, USA (01/01/1969); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/1969); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (01/01/1969); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (01/01/1986); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (01/01/1986); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/1986); Conway Recording, Hollywood (01/01/1986); Conway Recording,Hollywood (01/01/1986); Hollywood, California, USA (01/01/1986); Los Angeles, California, USA (01/01/1986); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (01/01/1986); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (01/01/1986); Right Track Studios, NY (01/01/1986); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (01/01/1986); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (01/01/1986); The Hop North, USA (01/01/1986); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/1986); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (01/01/1986); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (01/01/2002); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (01/01/2002); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/2002); Conway Recording, Hollywood (01/01/2002); Conway Recording,Hollywood (01/01/2002); Hollywood, California, USA (01/01/2002); Los Angeles, California, USA (01/01/2002); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (01/01/2002); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (01/01/2002); Right Track Studios, NY (01/01/2002); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (01/01/2002); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (01/01/2002); The Hop North, USA (01/01/2002); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (01/01/2002); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (01/01/2002); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (01/03/1958); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (01/03/1958); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (01/03/1958); Conway Recording, Hollywood (01/03/1958); Conway Recording,Hollywood (01/03/1958); Hollywood, California, USA (01/03/1958); Los Angeles, California, USA (01/03/1958); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (01/03/1958); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (01/03/1958); Right Track Studios, NY (01/03/1958); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (01/03/1958); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (01/03/1958); The Hop North, USA (01/03/1958); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (01/03/1958); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (01/03/1958); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Conway Recording, Hollywood (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Conway Recording,Hollywood (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Hollywood, California, USA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Los Angeles, California, USA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Right Track Studios, NY (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); The Hop North, USA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (02/23/1976-03/05/1976); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (04/23/1979); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (04/23/1979); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (04/23/1979); Conway Recording, Hollywood (04/23/1979); Conway Recording,Hollywood (04/23/1979); Hollywood, California, USA (04/23/1979); Los Angeles, California, USA (04/23/1979); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (04/23/1979); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (04/23/1979); Right Track Studios, NY (04/23/1979); Schnee Studio, No.Hollywood, CA (04/23/1979); The Hop North, No. Vancouer, BC, Canada, USA (04/23/1979); The Hop North, USA (04/23/1979); The Hop South, Los Angeles, CA (04/23/1979); Wimdmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland (04/23/1979); 30th St. Studio, New York City, USA (05/29/1979); Aireborn Studios, Zionsville, IN (05/29/1979); Capitol Records, Los Angeles, CA (05/29/1979); Conway Recording, Hollywood (05/29/1979); Conway Recording,Hollywood (05/29/1979); Hollywood, California, USA (05/29/1979); Los Angeles, California, USA (05/29/1979); One on One Studios, North Hollywood, Ocean Way (05/29/1979); Rec The Pop, Studio City, CA (05/29/1979).

A good-sized chunk of Johnny Mathis' career as a pop crooner is dedicated to Christmas music and for some, his rich tenor paired with the sound of lush string arrangements defines the holiday season. His evocative late-'50s arrangements of Yuletide standards like "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride," and "Winter Wonderland" are bona fide holiday classics and those are culled merely from his first Christmas LP. Throughout the next five decades, Mathis would go on to record five more Christmas albums, establishing himself deeply within the holiday pop canon. The Complete Christmas Collection stays true to its title, offering a whopping 71 career-spanning Christmas tracks that range from 1958 to 2010. There are certainly more succinct Johnny Mathis collections, but for fans of his Christmas songs, this three-disc set is the mother lode. ~ Timothy Monger



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