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It's Easy To Remember, Rebecca Kilgore, John Miller

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Original Release Date: 2000
Number of Discs: 1
Orb Discs; ASIN: B00004RD26

1. Old Devil Moon
2. Mountain Greenery
3. Put On A Happy Face
4. Look For The Silver Lining
5. He's A Tramp
6. Dreamsville
7. I'm Shooting High
8. There's A Small Hotel
9. Willow Road
10. Nobody Else But Me
11. A Certain Smile
12. If I Were A Bell
13. The Best Is Yet To Come
14. Let's Get Lost
15. I Remember You
16. Left Alone
17. It's Easy To Remember
18. Young At Heart


A Certain Smile, Bachue
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Audio CD (July 13, 1999)
Original Release Date: 1999
Number of Discs: 1
Culburnie; ASIN: B00000JFYO

1. A Certain Smile
2. Walk
3. My Johnny Was A Shoemaker
4. Disnae
5. The Phrayes
6. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
7. Marsaili Stewart Skinner
8. If I Were A Blackbird
9. The Music Box
10. Plums
11. The Birken Tree
12. Set To Rights
13. Fiddle-Idle
14. Loving Hannah
15. The Beaten Track/A Certain Smile

This music is the BEST Scottish music to be heard in years! February 1, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from Scotland
Bachue are Corrina Hewat and David Milligan. She plays the harp and sings, he plays piano and guitar. They are both masters on their respective instruments, Corrina with her unbelievable agility and tone and David with his jazz-inflected groove and technical prowess! I can't believe these two are not better known - it will just be a matter of time, I am sure. The songs are tinged with sadness (If I were a blackbird, Ballad of the sad young men, Lovin' Hannah) but her vocals are a cross between Rickie Lee Jones, Billie Holliday and Diane Krall. The sound is amazing and well worth a listen. They both write fantastic tunes as well as play some cracking traditional material - I never thought harp and piano could sound so good, and have such strength in sound. This is their second album - the first being 'Bachue Cafe' released on the Highlander label (HRMCD001 ) and is also a triumph which, having been released in 1996 , is still one of my favourite albums. Five stars for it, and for 'a certain smile' and I can't wait for the next one!


Look to the Rainbow [EXTRA TRACKS] [IMPORT], Astrud Gilberto
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Poly_; ASIN: B00000890Z
Track Listings
1. Berimbou
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. Felicidade
4. I Will Wait For You (Them
5. Frevo
6. Maria Quiet
7. Look To The Rainbow
8. Bim Bom
9. Lugar Bonito
10. El Preciso Aprender A Ser
11. Shes's Carioca
12. A Certain Smile
13. A Certain Sadness
14. Nega Do Cabelo Duro
15. So Nice (Summer Samba)
16. Voce Ja Foi A Bahia
17. Portugese Washerwoman


Teenage Love, Jerry Fuller
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Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
Original Release Date: 1996
Number of Discs: 1
Collectables Records; ASIN: B00000090T

1. Teenage Love
2. The Door Is Open
3. Through Eternity
4. Lipstick & Rouge
5. Angel From Above
6. Do You Love Me
7. Mother Goose at the Bandstand
8. A Certain Smile
9. I've Found a New Love
10. Blue Memories
11. Shy Away
12. Betty My Angel
13. Tennessee Waltz
14. Guilty of Loving You

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For American Bandstand Fans!! April 25, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from Orlando, Florida

Do you remember watching AB each week, copying the latest dance steps and listening to the top songs of the late '50's and early '60's? Then you will enjoy the Golden Classics Edition of Jerry Fuller - "Teenage Love." You are probably not familiar with Jerry Fuller as a singer, but as a songwriter you will recognize his 1961 hit "Travelin' Man" recorded by Ricky Nelson. He also wrote "A Wonder Like You" for Nelson and later wrote "Young Girl" and "Lady Willpower," which were hits for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. These early recordings of Fuller on the "Teenage Love" CD are reminiscent of the stylings of Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers and even Elvis. I wore out the grooves on my 45's listening to "Angel From Above," "Through Eternity," and "Betty My Angel" over and over again. For those of you who are not Baby Boomers, a 45 rpm record was the predecessor of the single CD. I urge you to get this classic CD - golden songs by a golden talent from a golden time.




Reel Songs, Joyce Breach, Keith Ingham
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Original Release Date: 1999
Number of Discs: 1
Audiophile; ASIN: B00003IE3U

1. I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All?
2. Love Is A Many Splendor Thing/Tender Is The Night
3. Zing A Little Zong
4. That Old Feeling
5. Mind If I Make Love To You?
6. That's For Me
7. All That Love Went To Waste
8. The Bad And The Beautiful/Laura
9. You Wonderful You
10. A Very Precious Love/A Certain Smile
11. The Tender Trap
12. Love Can Change The Stars
13. The Boy Next Door
14. Oh, But I Do!
15. The Best Of Everything
16. Wild Is The Wind
17. Did I Remember?
18. There Will Never Be Another You


Artistry [IMPORT], Martin Taylor
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Audio CD (May 30, 1996)
Original Release Date: 1996
Number of Discs: 1
Linn Records (Sco); ASIN: B00000399I

Track Listings
1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
2. Stella By Starlight
3. Teach Me Tonight
4. Dolphin, The
5. Georgia On My Mind
6. They Can't Take That Away From Me
7. Here There And Everywhere / Day Tripper
8. Just Squeeze Me
9. Gentle Rain
10. Cherokee
11. Certain Smile

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Art from the Artist February 22, 2000
Reviewer: Daniel Lee from Australia

How many Jazz guitarists are out there? How many are willing to release an entire CD of Solo playing? Martin Taylor is a true gentleman willing to share himself with the world and "Artistry" is a very intimate experience with one of the true greats of Jazz Guitar. Anyone interested in solo jazz guitar playing should listen to Martin and this CD is a great example of his work. His playing is so impressive yet not out of touch with his audience. He can really blow as he does on "Cherokee" but still remains sensitive, as on every track!. He really swings on Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me" and his rendition of the Beatles' "Day Tripper" demonstrates his ability to let his hair down. Martin's playing on "Artistry" is amazing to say the least without the typical guitarist tendancy to show off (much!). One listen and it's easy to see why he is being asked to play the calibre of gigs he is these days. "Artistry" reminds me of the small venue settings he used to play on his visits here to Australia and the closeness of the artist to his audience. It's almost as good as being there, just close your eyes and picture his fingers (if you can !)

best guitarist alive May 12, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from nashville

the best guitarist since ted greene. seemingly impossible versions of 'cherokee' and 'can't take that away. . .' solo lines doubled with rhythmic bass lines, wonderful attention to melody. GREAT touch. a MUST for guitarists.

Finest example of finger-style jazz guitar out today March 15, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from Los Angeles

Artistry displays Taylor at his best with complex and dense arrangements of jazz standards such as "Polkadots.." and lesser known favorites such as "The Dolhpin." His double time chord/melody/bass rhythms must be heard to be believed. Far superior to "Portraits".

Excellence March 12, 1999
Reviewer: Robert Wyatt from London

See Martin Taylor play a live solo concert and this album will become a must have addition to your record collection. If you have never had the pleasure of seeing him live then go out of your way to do so - if thats impossible then buy this CD. The playing and production are exemplary. Martin Taylor's technique on the jazz guitar is awesome, there is surely no finer exponent of this art working in the world today. It is almost beyond belief that some of these cuts were possible without overdubs - but then see him live and you'll understand why.


Sax at Midnight [IMPORT], Various Artists - Jazz
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Audio CD (November 8, 1995)
Empo; ASIN: B0000075LT

Track Listings
1. A Groovy Kind Of Love
2. Arthur's Theme
3. Misty
4. My Cherie Amour
5. We've Only Just Begun
6. All The Things You Are
7. If
8. Saving All My Love For You
9. Just The Way You Are
10. Moon River
11. I Love You Because
12. Always On My Mind
13. Just For You
14. Love Me Tender
15. Always
16. Sometimes When We Touch
17. Rose
18. Very Thought Of You
19. Beautiful Friendship
20. Chanson D'amour
21. Killing Me Softly
22. I'm In The Mood For Love
23. True Love
24. You Belong To Me
25. Jane
26. Secret Love
27. Unforgettable
28. Dreaming
29. Send In The Clowns
30. Summer The First Time
31. Nightingale Sang In Berke
32. Once In A While
33. Nearness Of You
34. Someone To Watch Over Me
35. When I Fall In Love
36. Certain Smile
37. Evergreen
38. Scarborough Fair
39. Try To Remember
40. Feelings
41. Wind Beneath My Wings
42. This Masquerade
43. Everlasting Love
44. You Make Me Feel Brand New
45. It's Impossible
46. Clouds
47. Autumn Leaves
48. Everything I Own
49. With You I'm Born Again
50. Shadow Of Your Smile
51. Stranger On The Shore
52. Three Times A Lady
53. As Time Goes By
54. Where Is The Love?
55. Here's That Rainy Day
56. You're Part Of Me
57. Laura
58. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
59. Way We Were
60. Music Of The Night
61. Someone In Your Life
62. Crying
63. You Light Up My Life
64. Sentimental Journey
65. Walk Away
66. When You Wish Upon A Star
67. Fly Me To The Moon
68. Midnight Sun Will Never Shine
69. Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
70. That Old Devil Called Love
71. For All We Know
72. Love Is All Around
73. Laughter In The Rain 74. Yesterday Once More
75. How Can I Love Her?
76. Cherish
77. This Thing Called Love
78. You're The Only Good Thing
79. This Guy's In Love With
80. What Are You Doing
81. Until It's Time For You To Go
82. Vincent
83. Endless Love
84. In The Wee Small Hours


Johnny Mathis Live, Johnny Mathis
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Audio CD (August 9, 1988)
Original Release Date: 1983
Number of Discs: 1
Sony/Columbia; ASIN: B0000025VA
Other Editions: Audio Cassette
Track Listings
1. I Believe In Love
2. Misty
3. Begin The Beguine
4. Fly Away
5. Certain Smile
6. Memory
7. Twelfth Of Never
8. Try To Win A Friend
9. Ninety-Nine Miles From L.A.
10. Chances Are
11. Orange Colored Sky
12. When A Child Is Born

All Customer Reviews
Good Performance, but not the best of the live recordings. February 9, 1999
Reviewer: imgeorg@rocketmail.com from OKC

To experience Mathis in top form, backed by top-notch arrangements performed by a top-notch orchestra, is something I've experienced five times since "discovering" him in 1984. It's something not easily captured on record. "Johnny Mathis Live" is a good representation of a Johnny Mathis concert...it's not the best I've ever heard, though. That honor goes to the only other Mathis live recording from 1972, which is, sadly, long since out-of-print, called "Johnny Mathis In Person, recorded live in Las Vegas". If I may sing the praises of D'Arneil Pershing and Roy Rogosin, they did the best job of backing Mathis' stellar vocal performance with their imaginative arranging and conducting skills. This recording, from a concert in Great Britain, falls short in terms of excitement level for me. Unlike its predecessor, this recording was turned into a kind of "Johnny's Greatest Hits Live" and tries to give the feel of a show in ten songs. Can't be done, folks. It should have been another double album like its predecessor, and the "greatest hits" should have been greatly condensed...just like they are in concert.

No one sings as well as Johnny "Live" June 16, 1998
Reviewer: A music fan from Blue Bell, PA, USA

"Johnny Mathis Live" is truly my favorite Mathis album. Any fan who has gone to a live Mathis concert can understand when I state that Johnny Mathis sounds better live than on any of his recordings - the arrangements at a live concert are tremendous and support his voice to maximum effect. My personal favorite on this CD is "99 Miles from L.A.". This version moves me to tears every time I hear it. Johnny infuses the song with emotion and longing. Of course, the live version of "The Twelth of Never" is a hundred times better than the original recording. This version features Mathis backed by a guitar and its simplicity makes for a sublime experience. This CD brings the concert experience into your home - you won't be disappointed!


Music to Watch Girls By [IMPORT], Various Artists
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1. Music To Watch Girls By
2. Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
3. Good Life
4. Spanish Eyes
5. Thme From A Summer Place
6. On The Street Where You Live
7. Beyond The Sea
8. Valley Of The Dolls
9. Joanna
10. Wishin & Hopin
11. Wichita Lineman
12. Moon River
13. Girl With The Sun In Her
14. Certain Smile
15. Magic Moments
16. Up Up & Away
17. Fly Me To The Mon
18. That's Amore (That's Love)
19. Almost Like Being In Love
20. Guantanamera
21. Love Letters
22. Move Over Darling
23. Downtown
24. Swinging Safari
25. These Boots Are Made For Walking
26. Blue Velvet
27. Mack The Knife
28. Blue Moon
29. Lady Is A Tramp
30. Mambo Italiano
31. Do You Mind
32. No One But You
33. She
34. Sugar Town
35. Fools Rush In
36. Let There Be Love
37. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
38. It Had To Be You
39. Born Free
40. Don't Sleep In The Subway

Editorial Reviews
Album Description

Outstanding easy listening/ lounge comp with gems by Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Dusty Springfield and more! 38 tracks including such classics as 'Spanish Eyes', 'Born Free', 'Don't Sleep In The Subway', 'Guantanamera', Witchita Lineman', 'These Boots Are Made For Walking' and 'It Had To Be You'. 1999 release. Slimline double jewel case.

All Customer Reviews
A GOOD, WHOLESOME COLLECTION! February 13, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from Johannesburg, South Africa
For those of us lucky (and old?) enough to have been around in the late fifties and through most of the sixties, this album re-creates an era when popular music was clean and wholesome. This package contains almost every big name in music of that era - one notable omission is Sinatra (Frank, that is!) which does not detract from the nevertheless classy mix of artists. Sadly some of these greats (Dino/Darin but to name two) are no longer with us, but we can be pleased that their music is. The quality of the recordings is, without exception, outstanding, which makes the listening experience that much more a pleasure. Congrats to Sony/Columbia who have put this together.

#1 CD of the year! January 25, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from losangeles

What a great collection...if you thought you had it all, this one may prove you wrong. Born in '61, I hadn't heard many of these tunes since I was a small kid. It's amazing how powerful the songs must have been on a very young mind at the time. Thanks Mom and Dad! Wow! You'll love it...2 CD's long...and it is heads and tails above most compilations including anything from Rhino. This is true bachelor pad music, but with a classy and groovy danceability. You WILL NOT be disappointed. A#1+++++++

Brilliant September 4, 1999
Reviewer: uobroin from San Francisco, USA
Brilliant selection of music - for all ages
Fabulous evocative collection... August 1, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from Lichfield, England

I had this as a Birthday present. If you were born, as I was, in the late 1950's then you heard your parents sing these tunes and they were the background to your early years. The compilation bowls from one historical masterpiece to another with smooth and yoyful simplicity. No-one will be able to resist the urge to throw their head back and dance... Yet this set is diferent. They are not the simply the tunes we hear every day studded between the well known jems are some surprising and delightful less well known pieces.




I'm in the Mood for Sax [IMPORT] , Various Artists
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Audio CD (July 20, 1996)
Mci; ASIN: B00000B1D9
Track Listings
1. I'm In The Mood For Love
2. True Love
3. You Belong To Me
4. Jane
5. Secret Love
6. Unforgettable
7. Dreaming
8. Send In The Clowns
9. Summer The First Time
10. Nightingale Sang In Berke
11. Once In A While
12. Nearness Of You
13. Someone To Watch Over Me
14. When I Fall In Love
15. Certain Smile
16. Evergreen
17. Scarborough Fair
18. Try To Remember
19. Feelings
20. Wind Beneath My Wings
21. This Masquerade


Instrumental Moods [IMPORT], Various Artists
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Audio CD (November 12, 1995)
Mci; ASIN: B00000AZPK
Track Listings
1. This Guy's In Love With You
2. Till There Was You
3. Very Thought Of You
4. Moon River
5. Another Suitcase In Anoth
6. Windmills Of Your Mind
7. Just For You
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. You've Got A Friend
10. This Masquerade
11. Amanda
12. Cavatina
13. What Are You Doing The Re
14. Laura
15. Jane
16. Gymnopedie
17. Nearness Of You
18. Clouds
19. Shadow Of Your Smile
20. Secret Love
21. Air On A G-String
22. Homeward Bound
23. Don't Cry For Me Argentin
24. Autumn Leaves
25. Tonight I Celebrate My Love
26. Send In The Clowns
27. Sometimes When We Touch
28. Maria
29. If
30. Without You
31. True Love
32. Fly Me To The Moon
33. Something
34. Misty
35. You Light Up My Life
36. Only You
37. Vincent
38. I'm In The Mood For Love
39. When You Wish Upon A Star
40. With You I'm Born Again
41. Norwegian Wood
42. Stranger On The Shore
43. Unforgettable
44. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
45. We've Only Just Begun
46. Way We Were
47. I Don't Know How To Love Him
48. Love Story
49. Everything I Own
50. Arthur's Theme
51. Nights In White Satin
52. Evergreen
53. People
54. Do You Want To Know A Secret
55. Have I Told You Lately
56. Endless Love
57. With One Look
58. You Are So Beautiful
59. Try To Remember
60. I Cried For You
61. Cherish
62. Yesterday Once More
63. Memory
64. First Time Ever I Saw You
65. My Cherie Amour
66. Killing Me Softly
67. It's Impossible
68. Can't Help Falling In Love
69. Feelings
70. Walk On By
71. Love Changes Everything
72. If You Leave Me Now
73. You Make Me Feel Brand New
74. That Ole Devil Called Love
75. Sound Of Silence
76. Three Times A Lady
77. When I Fall In Love
78. Only He
79. Hello
80. All The Things You Are
81. I Love You Because
82. Certain Smile
83. Imagine
84. Scarborough Fair


The Music Of Johnny... [BOX SET], Johnny Mathis
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Audio CD (October 5, 1993)
Original Release Date: 1993
Number of Discs: 4
Sony/Columbia; ASIN: B00000287Y
Track Listings
Disc: 1

1.When Sunny Gets Blue - (mono)
2.It's Not For Me To Stay - (mono)
3.Wonderful! Wonderful! - (mono)
4.In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - (mono)
5.It Could Happen To You - (mono)
6.All Through The Night - (mono)
7. Chances Are - (mono)
8. Twelfth Of Never, The - (mono)
9. Wild Is The Wind - (mono)
10. There Goes My Heart
11. What'll I Do
12. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
13. By Myself
14. Warm
15. When I Am With You
16. I Heard A Forest Praying
17. I Look At You
18. Certain Smile, A
19. Someone
20. You'll Never Know
21. More Than You Know
22. Moonlight Becomes You
23. Heavenly

Disc: 2
1. Ride On A Rainbow, A
2. Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A
3. Misty
4. Small World
5. Best Of Everything, The
6. Maria
7. Tonight
8. Isn't It A Pity
9. I Married An Angel
10. Spring Is Here
11. Don't Blame Me
12. Stairway To The Stars
13. Love Look Away
14. Smile
15. You Set My Heart To Music
16. Gina
17. What Will My Mary Say
18. Laura
19. Long Ago And Far Away
20. Clopin Clopant (Comme Ci, Comme Ca)
21. In Love For The Very First Time

Disc: 3 1. Time For Us, A
2. Live For Life
3. Man And A Woman, A
4. Evie
5. If
6. Theme From Summer Of '42 (The Summer Knows)
7. Speak Softly Love
8. Betcha By Golly Wow
9. Happy
10. Arianne
11. I'm Coming Home
12. And I Think That's What I'll Do
13. Life Is A Song Worth Singing
14. Let Me Be The One/I Won't Last A Day Without You
15. One Day In Your Life
16. Feelings
17. Yellow Roses On Her Gown
18. When A Child Is Born
19. All The Things You Are
20. We're All Alone
21. One
22. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - (with Deniece Williams)

Disc: 4
1. Last Time I Felt Like This, The - (with Jane Olivor)
2. Love
3. With You I'm Born Again
4. Warm
5. Friends In Love - (with Dionne Warwick)
6. El Amar Y El Querer
7. Love Won't Let Me Wait - (w/Deniece Williams)
8. 99 Miles From L.A.
9. I Had The Craziest Dream
10. Baia (No Baixa Do Sapateiro) - (prev. unrel.)
11. Toyland
12. I'm On The Outside Looking In
13. It's All In The Game - (with Take 6)
14. You Belong To Me
15. All Alone Am I
16. Photograph - (previously unreleased)
17. Island, The - (previously unreleased)
18. Something To Live For
19. Prelude To A Kiss
20. I Have A Love - (with Barbra Streisand)/One Hand, One Heart - (with Barbara Steisand)

Editorial Reviews

Mathis was among the singers who, in the '60s and '70s, churned out an album every few months--often made up largely of the same recent chart hits his peers (Andy Williams, Jerry Vale) were covering. Despite the presence of "Feelings," however, this four-CD box is low on chaff and high on the wispy romanticism of hits such as "Chances Are," "Misty," and "It's Not for Me to Say." --Rickey Wright

What the Critics Say:

Lavish four-CD box set containing 86 songs (hits and rarities) of unashamed romance, chosen by Johnny Mathis himself, plus 68-page booklet with biography, song-by-song commentary and personal photos. --Ian Cranna -- © Emap Consumer Magazines Limited. For personal use only.

Mathis Magic
February 1, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from Sikeston, MO

How could you give any Johnny Mathis compilation anything less than 5 stars? You can't! This is an excellent musical history of the greatest male vocalist recorded music has ever known. Finally, on CD, are his passionate versions of One Day In Your Life and Let Me Be The One. However, I would have liked to have seen included more magical Mathis music from the 1970s such as his earlier version of Windmills of Your Mind, Stardust and I Only Have Eyes For You. Of course, there is so much wonderful, wonderful Mathis music that either there could have been two or three more discs or a second box set altogether. I question Columbia's decision not to have more of Mathis' LPs available on compact disc, especially those from the Seventies. For instance, he had tremendous albums in the 1970s I would love on compact disc such as Killing Me Softly With Her Song, When Will I See You Again, Close To You, Romeo And Juliet, Feelings, Hold Me Kiss Me Thrill Me and the list goes on. Chances are that maybe Columbia will one day release all of his music on CD or at least put together a 1970s package which should include all the above mentioned songs. In a world gone crazy with rapping and screaming, its so nice to still have Mathis music be a glimmer of light and hope in the darkness.

Outstanding ! ---- A Musical Journey
January 23, 1999
Reviewer: Mamabearjk@aol.com from St. Louis, Mo.

Seem to be a few feelings about "Feelings" here.------------ I think this is a MUST for every dedicated Johnny Mathis fan, or for anyone who enjoys a gentle evening of good music. The selections begin in the 50's and build chronologically right through the 90's----truly a historical tracking of Johnny Mathis' career. Very nostalgic for those of us who aren't 20 any longer. A favorite winter evening at our house is a warm fire, a glass of wine and "The Music of Johnny".

This is the Best of the so-called "Boxed Sets"
January 19, 1999
Reviewer: imgeorg from Oklahoma City

Disc 3 is my personal favorite, with Disc 2 a close second. This is the set called the "Personal Collection" because of Johnny's personally selecting every song on here, and he comments on every song he's picked in the accompanying booklet, which is a joy to read. And I agree, I don't know why "Feelings" is on here, either!


I Like Your Face, Jad Fair & The Shapir-O-Rama
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Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
Original Release Date: 1999
Number of Discs: 1
Wire Monkey; ASIN: B00002EISH

Track Listings
1. Grand Champion
2. Lucky
3. Certain Smile, A
4. Better Than Better Than Before
5. Norman

A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, Walter Wanderley, Astrud Gilberto
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Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
Original Release Date: 1966
Number of Discs: 1
Uni/Verve; ASIN: B00000DBYU
Track Listing

1. Certain Smile, A
2. Certain Sadness, A
3. Nega Do Cabelo Duro
4. So Nice (Summer Samba)
5. Voce Ja Foi Bahia
6. Portuguese Washerwoman
7. Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)
8. Call Me
9. Here's That Rainy Day
10. Tu Mi Delirio
11. It's A Lovely Day Today
12. Sadness Of After, The - (previously unissued)
13. Who Needs Forever? - (previously unissued)

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When Astrud Gilberto (wife to the great singer and guitarist Joćo Gilberto) sang the now-classic "The Girl from Ipanema" in 1964, she'd had no formal vocal training. It mattered little, as her laid-back sensuality overflowed through the song and propelled her on to several more musical projects. This 1966 collection with the small combo of organist Walt Wanderley, guitarist Joćo Gilberto, bassist José Marino, and Claudio Slon on drums features Gilberto's reposed voice in such a seductive, warm light, one thinks they've died and gone to drink martinis in a Rio lounge. The album includes a mix of classic bossa nova tunes ("So Nice" and "Call Me") sung in both English and Portuguese. Astrud was as cool as a cucumber and her untrained, nonchalant grace gave her singing its unique charisma. It wasn't until the late 1980s that the world heard this sort of passive, detached persona again in the bewitching vocals of Cesaria Evora, proving once again that style and delivery are just as important as distinct vocal tone. Astrud Gilberto taught us great singers aren't made on a voice alone. --Karen K. Hugg

All Customer Reviews
Excellent!
May 11, 2000 Excellent!
May 11, 2000
Reviewer: esquire1973

I had this on vinyl for a very long time. (At an estate sale, I happened upon approximately 60 or so old Brazilian lp's, this being one of them.) I finally purchased it on cd, and fell in love with it again. Typical Gilberto, and as usual, Wanderly does not fail to deliver the goods. Also check out Verve's "Round Midnight" collection of Astrud, if only for "Non-Stop to Brazil" alone. That song never fails to please. Now if I can only find her version of "Planes, Boats and Trains" on cd. Perhaps, if I had to choose, my favorite Astrud song of all time.

4 parts cheesy organ, 1 part Astrud's lovely voice
May 1, 2000
Reviewer: A music fan from San Francisco

I disagree with the positive reviewers completely. I am a casual Astrud listener who unfortunately bought based on their reviews, and was let down. I just wanted Astrud's lovely voice with simple accompaniment. What I got was an organ drowning out her voice. I have since bought the Silver Collection, which I think will suit better most people wanting a casual listening experience where the emphasis is truly on her lovely, simple voice.

Astrud's best album, no doubt.
April 13, 2000
Reviewer: noventafrom Florianópolis, Brazil

No everything-including-the-kitchen-sink arrangements. Just Gilberto's lush voice, Wanderley's ace organ playing, solid drumming by Claudio Slon and some v ery welcome guitar by Carlos Lyra (NOT Joćo Gilberto, like the cd booklet wildly guesses), along with a very good selection of songs, make up Astrud's best album. Why is this the best one? Because of the bare bones production, the fantastic playing and the good repertoire choice. It reveals what Astrud's really all about: a great pop singer.

Second Only to Getz/Gilberto; Maybe Even a Tie.
April 29, 1999
Reviewer: James Bunnelle

After several second-rate Astrud compilations, Verve has finally reissued her one recording with the Walt Wanderly Trio, with bonus tracks and 20-bit digital mapping that results in great clarity and seperation of sound. The six tracks from these sessions tacked on to the end of BEACH SAMBA was a cruel and unusual teaser for Astrud fans, not to mention the smattering of tunes that ended up on various compilations. But one no longer has to spend a small fortune amassing the tunes from these compilations in order to reconstruct a piecemeal version of the album, because Verve's "By Request" series has finally come through. In my opinion, this is the greatest summer/springtime record of all time: the echoing organ, the percussion, Astrud's vocals--one can't help but picture a polka-dotted beach ball bouncing around on South American shores. Astrud's voice, while never technically stunning and more Chet Baker than Ella Fitzgerald, serves as a stunning counterpart to the small combo's rhythmic drive. Honestly, at times you'd think it was a nonet rather than a trio due to the rich production style that sounds much more like Joao Gilberto's recordings for World Pacific than the subsequent West-Coast influenced Getz recordings. The majority of the tunes are uptempo, with only a couple of ballads thrown in for balance. The Portugese cuts are excellent ("Nega Do Cabelo Duro", "Voce Ja Foi Bahia"), as well as "Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)" and the minor hit "Call Me". For the price, this is a magnificent bargain. Now if Verve would only put out a remastered version of the recording she did with Jobim (apart from the antiquated, horrible-sounding SILVER COLLECTION disk), all would be complete.


More Johnny's Greatest Hits, Johnny Mathis
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Original Release Date: 1959
Number of Discs: 1
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Other Editions: Audio Cassette
Track Listing

1. Small World
2. Someone
3. Very Much In Love
4. You Are Everything To Me
5. Let It Rain
6. Flame Of Love, The
7. Certain Smile, A
8. Call Me
9. You Are Beautiful
10. Teacher, Teacher
11. Stairway To The Sea
12. Let's Love

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This a Must-Have CD from the Golden Early Mathis Times
March 25, 2000
Reviewer: carlos-from-rio from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is the second single collection from Mathis in the 60s. Great music, great arrangements, great singing. It“s Mathis at his best.


16 Most Requested Songs, Johnny Mathis
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Track Listings
1. Chances Are
2. It's Not For Me To Say
3. Misty
4. Wild Is The Wind
5. Wonderful! Wonderful!
6. Maria
7. Twelfth Of Never, The
8. Small World
9. Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born")
10. Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet"
11. What Will My Mary Say
12. When Sunny Gets Blue
13. Certain Smile, A
14. Love Story, (Where Do I Begin)
15. Didn't We
16. Gina

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It's been suggested that almost as many baby boomers were conceived to the romantic sounds of Johnny Mathis's voice as to Sinatra's--and when you consider that Johnny's Greatest Hits stayed on Billboard's Top 40 chart for 178 weeks beginning in '58 (that's more than twice as long as Dark Side of the Moon, folks!), it's easy to understand why. Sony has used this "16 Most Requested" routine on a number of their easy-listening vocalists (including Sinatra and Andy Williams), but this one is special in that it takes the cream of Mathis's Greatest Hits album and rounds it out with his 1970s take on several movie theme hits, including Love Story and Romeo & Juliet. A truly unique and romantic sound. --Bill Holdship

Innocence Never Sung As Sweetly As On This Mathis Collection
March 30, 2000
Reviewer: kaatgp from FL

Most 1950S crooners played (and lived, to a degree) the life of martini-mixing men of the world. Johnny Mathis, here with 16 of his greatest hits, gained his strength and fame from naivete'. Handsome, athletic, gifted with pipes the timbre of Ella Fitzgerald's, Mathis and orchestral collaborators Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Frank DeVol, and Glenn Osser crafted sparsely orchestrated, delicately sung hits celebrating love's opening moments. Mathis sings convincingly of love's discovery ("Gina," "Maria," the oh-so-good "Small World.") and fear of the unknown ("Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," the definitive vocal "Misty," featuring music's most romantic introduction). Teenagers fell for this music which shared, at best, a thread with rock n' roll; Mathis sung the confusion and exhiliration they felt, only more tenderly. The 60s-70s film songs (themes from "Star is Born," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Love Story," plus Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We") are well-sung, romantically done filler. They keep up the album's romantic mood, but lack the drama (and bombast)of the Streisand/Williams originals. Better to hear "Wonderful, Wonderful" and even the hokey "What Would My Mary Say?" for the jazz singer Johnny Mathis might have become but (fortunately, for him and us), did not. A classy set, and highly recommended

Gentle, Smooth, and relaxing
November 18, 1999
Reviewer: Steve Popp (poppford@yahoo.com) from Bellefontaine, OH
Chances are, this may be the best CD purchase that you can make. In this CD hear Johnny singing his soft songs that made him known as one of the most amazing easy listening singers of his time.

The appeal of Johnny Mathis is still very strong
November 12, 1999
Reviewer: a devoted fan from Atlanta, GA,USA

There can never be enough romance. The beautiful music and incomparable of delivery of Johnny Mathis confirm romance will never die. This collection has so many beautiful songs that still tug at the heart strings. His sound has endured beyond many of the pop singers of his day and many subsequent singers. This is a great tribute to a great vocalist

Smooth and Romantic
September 16, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from Las Vegas, NV

One song alone makes this CD a worthy purchase for me, and that's "When Sunny Gets Blue"...I could listen to it every day and never tire of it! Just one of the prettiest songs ever recorded, and Johnny's version of "Misty" is also about as lush and romantic as you could ever hope for. Some of the songs are dated and skippable, but these two will never go out of style!


Look To The Rainbow, Gil Evans, Astrud Gilberto
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Original Release Date: 1967
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Track Listings

1. Berimbau
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. Felicidade
4. I Will Wait For You
5. Frevo
6. Maria Quiet (Maria Molte)
7. Look To The Rainbow
8. Bim Bom
9. Lugar Bonita (Pretty Place)
10. El Preciso Aprender A Ser So (Learn To Live Alone)
11. She's A Carioca
12. Certain Smile, A
13. Certain Sadness, A
14. Nega Do Cabelo Duro
15. So Nice (Summer Samba)
16. Voce Ja Foi A Bahia
17. Portuguese Washerwoman

Customer Reviews
Has its highlights, but is overall disappointing
November 16, 1999
Reviewer: bossa lover from Providence

I'm crazy about bossa nova, and like many hardcore bossa lovers, I can't really get into Astrud Gilberto's voice. When she sings in Portuguese it's alright, but hearing her in English just annoys me and brings out the fact that she really can't sing all that well. If you truly lover bossa nova, stick to Joao Gilberto, Baden Powell, Luiz Bonfa, and Jobim.

An album that captures absolute 'felicidade'
April 3, 1999
Reviewer: A music fan from Ann Arbor, Michigan

The first time I heard this album, I was absolutely hooked! The combination of Astrud Gilberto's soft, alluring voice and the masterful orchestrations of the late Gil Evans is altogether amazing. It seems impossible that such lush, soaring harmonies in the brass section could possibly enhance the intimacy of Astrud's voice, but here, the impossible is accomplished. I highly recommend this album!


The Ultimate Hits Collection, Johnny Mathis
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Original Release Date: 1998
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Track Listing
1. Wonderful! Wonderful!
2. It's Not For Me To Say
3. When Sunny Gets Blue
4. Chances Are
5. Twelfth Of Never, The
6. Wild Is The Wind
7. Certain Smile, A
8. Misty
9. Maria
10. Stranger In Paradise
11. Stardust
12. Sweetheart Tree, The
13. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
14. I'm Coming Home
15. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - (with Deniece Williams)
16. Friends In Love - (with Dionne Warwick)
17. Brazil - (previously unreleased, with Henry Mancini)
18. 99 Miles From L. A. - (live)

All Customer Reviews
Dont Lose Your Money: This is not an Honest Hit Repackage
March 25, 2000
Reviewer: carlos-from-rio from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Why does American Sony repackage the same songs with different covers and offer some few tracks to attract buyers? I do not take it as honest as a market strategy should be. Browse back to Mathis originals and buy other CDs: "Johnny Greatest Hits", "Johnny" are good bets.

good phraseing
September 18, 1999
Reviewer: mistermaxxx@yahoo.com from usa

This man has an elegance in his tone and the way he presents his music. He has been so good at just singing the heart into a song when you need music with style, class and feeling this is a must have. He sounds even better today than before. If hegot solid material then folks would really have to worry cuz the guy can still phrase.

great but not ultimately great! August 17, 1999
Reviewer: Nunki from 99 Miles from L.A.

This is very good compilation of Johnny Mathis finest songs. It would be better if the Live Version is replaced by the Studio Version. Also, this compilation should include Gina. So, this album is great but not ultimately great.

How many times can this stuff be repackaged?
November 11, 1998
Reviewer: A music fan from St. Michael PA

Sure, the music is great, and it's great to finally hear the 1986 "Brazil." Unfortunately, this stuff has appeared in so many compilations that it's not necessary. And every time a new album comes out the price goes up! Please Columbia, the masters of repackaging repackaged material, let Johnny make new albums.


More Golden Hits, Mantovani Orchestra
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Track Listing
1. Cara Mia
2. Stranger In Paradise
3. Gigi
4. Deep Purple
5. Certain Smile, A
6. Ebb Tide
7. Way You Look Tonight, The
8. Love Is A Many-Splendoured Thing
9. Long Ago (And Far Away)
10. Till
11. Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A
12. Together


Movie Music: The Definitive Performances (Film Soundtrack Compilation) [SOUNDTRACK] Soundtrack For A Century (Series), Various Artists - Soundtracks - Anthologies
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Disc: 1
1. Music For Silent Movies - Charlie Young
2. Singin' In The Rain (from "Hollywood Revue Of 1929") - Cliff Edwards
3. You Are Too Beautiful (from "Hallelujah, I'm A Bum") - Al Jolson
4. Guy What Takes His Time, A (from "She Done Him Wrong") - Mae West
5. Temptation (from "Going Hollywood") - Bing Crosby
6. Inka-Dinka-Doo (from "Joe Palooka") - Jimmy Durante
7. Rock And Roll (from "Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round") - The Boswell Sisters
8. Lullaby Of Broadway (from "Gold Diggers Of 1935") - Dick Powell
9. Way You Look Tonight, The (from "Swing Time") - Fred Astaire
10. Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, A (from "Higher And Higher") - Frank Sinatra
11. Secret Love (from "Calamity Jane") - Doris Day
12. Man That Got Away, The (from "A Star Is Born") - Judy Garland
13. Giant (from "Giant") - The Warner Bros Orchestra & Chorus
14. March From The River Kwai (from "Bridge On The River Kwai") - Mitch Miller, His Orchestra & Chorus / Colonel Bogey March (from "Bridge On The River Kwai") - Mitch Miller, His Orchestra & Chorus
15. An Affair To Remember (from "An Affair To Remember") - Vic Damone
16. Certain Smile, A (from "A Certain Smile") - Johnny Mathis
17. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (from "Let's Make Love") - Marilyn Monroe
18. Overture (from "West Side Story") - Orchestra Conducted By Johnny Green
19. With A Little Bit Of Luck (from "My Fair Lady") - Stanley Holloway & Ensemble
20. To Sir With Love (from "To Sir With Love") - Lulu
21. Mrs. Robinson (from "The Graduate") - Simon & Garfunkel
22. Ballad Of Easy Rider (from "Easy Rider") - The Byrds
23. Be (from "Jonathan Livingston Seagull") - Neil Diamond
24. Way We Were, The (from "The Way We Were") - Barbra Streisand

Disc: 2
1. Suicide Is Painless (M*A*S*H) (from "M*A*S*H") - The Mash
2. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (from "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid") - Bob Dylan
3. Evergreen (from "A Star Is Born") - Barbra Streisand
4. On The Road Again (from "Honeysuckle Rose") - Willie Nelson
5. Tender Years (from "Eddie & The Cruisers") - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
6. Footloose (from "Footloose") - Kenny Loggins
7. Take My Breath Away (from "Top Gun") - Berlin
8. It Had To Be You (from "When Harry Met Sally") - Harry Connick, Jr.
9. John Dunbar Theme, The (from "Dances With Wolves") - Orchestra Conducted By John Barry
10. State Of Love And Trust (from "Singles") - Pearl Jam
11. When I Fall In Love (from "Sleepless In Seattle") - Celine Dion/Clive Griffin
12. Streets Of Philadelphia (from "Philadelphia") - Bruce Springsteen
13. I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump (from "Forrest Gump") - Orchestra Conducted By Alan Silvestri
14. Childhood (from "Free Willy 2") - Michael Jackson
15. Sweetest Thing, The (from "Love Jones") - Refugee Camp All-Stars/Lauryn Hill
16. Men In Black (from "Men In Black") - Will Smith
17. I Say A Little Prayer (from "My Best Friend's Wedding") - Diana King
18. Southampton (from "Titanic") - Orchestra Conducted By James Horner
19. My Heart Will Go On (from "Titanic") - Celine Dion
20. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (from "Armageddon") - Aerosmith


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