CD The Essential 3.0 [Digipak] [Johnny Mathis] (CD 6974734),
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The Essential 3.0 [Digipak] [Johnny Mathis]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - (mono)
    2. When Sunny Gets Blue - (mono)
    3. It's Not For Me to Say [From Lizzie] - (mono)
    4. Wonderful! Wonderful! - (mono)
    5. Chances Are - (mono)
    6. No Love (But Your Love) - (mono)
    7. Twelfth of Never, The - (mono)
    8. Wild Is the Wind [From Wild Is the Wind] - (mono)
    9. Teacher, Teacher
    10. Certain Smile [From A Certain Smile], A
    11. Sleigh Ride
    12. My Funny Valentine [From Babes in Arms]
    13. Misty
    14. Small World [From Gypsy]
    15. Maria [From West Side Story]
    16. Dancing on the Ceiling [From Evergreen]
    17. Stairway to the Stars
    18. Gina
    19. What Will My Mary Say
    20. Sweetheart Tree [From The Great Race], The
    21. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [From On a Clear Day You Can See Forever]
    22. Look of Love [From Casino Royale], The
    23. Time for Us [From Romeo and Juliet], A
    0. DISC 2:
    1. I'm Coming Home
    2. Life Is a Song Worth Singing
    3. 99 Miles from L.A.
    4. What I Did for Love [From A Chorus Line]
    5. When a Child Is Born
    6. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
    7. Begin the Beguine
    8. Memory [From Cats]
    9. Friends in Love
    10. Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) [From Saludos Amigos]
    11. Prelude to a Kiss
    12. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? [From The Birthday Party]
    13. Let Your Heart Remember
    14. Unbreak My Heart
    15. Because You Loved Me
    16. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries [From Fosse]
    17. On Broadway [Smokey Joe's Caf]
    0. DISC 3:
    1. When I Fall in Love [From One Minute to Zero]
    2. I Wish I Were in Love Again [From The Boys from Syracuse]
    3. Bye Bye Barbara
    4. No Strings [From No Strings]
    5. Beyond the Blue Horizon [From Monte Carlo]
    6. Last Time I Felt Like This [From Same Time, Next Year], The
    7. Amar y el Querer, El
    8. Baia (No Baixa do Sapateiro) [From The Three Caballeros]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 68827

  • Credits
    ProducerDarcy M. Proper (Compilation); Didier C. Deutsch (Compilation)

    Photographer: David Vance.
    By the time this three-CD, 48-track anthology hit the stores in 2010, consumers had a wide choice of Johnny Mathis compilations that contained his biggest hits in variable surroundings, ranging from succinct single-disc collections to box sets. This one does have all of the major late-'50s/early-'60s hits you'd expect of anything with "essential" in its title. Yet it doesn't quite live up to its potential as an optimum medium ground for those who want more than a bare-bones greatest-hits comp, but less than an exorbitant box set. For one thing, it's missing a good number of his less popular 1958-1963 Top 40 hits, with "Come to Me," "All the Time," "Call Me," "Someone," "Starbright," and "Every Step of the Way" all somehow failing to make the cut. More importantly, there's too much of an effort to make this a career-spanning selection, with the entirety of disc two devoted to his post-1970 work. A small minority of listeners who have followed him with equal zeal all along might disagree, but really, the truly essential Johnny Mathis was laid down prior to 1965. In the late '50s and early '60s, he was the very best at what he did; from the 1970s onward, he was just a run-of-the-mill adult contemporary singer, albeit one who did return briefly to the top of the charts in 1978 via his duet with Deniece Williams, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late." So in disc one, in place of some his early hits, listeners get far less "essential" Christmas and Broadway musical standards, while overall there is far more of his middle-of-the-road later stuff than there should be. Does this still have a lot of Mathis' best songs, and some of the most popular make-out music of all time? Sure, but it's all on disc one. ~ Richie Unterberger

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