In the Still of the Night (album)

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In the Still of the Night (album)
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1989
Recorded 1988 at
Alpha Studios,
Burbank, California ,
Conway Studios,
Hollywood, California,
Smoketree Studio,
Chatsworth, California[1]
Genre Vocal
R&B[2]
Length 39:23
Label Columbia
Producer Peter Bunetta
Rick Chudacoff [1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Once in a While
(1988)
In the Still of the Night
(1989)
In a Sentimental Mood: Mathis Sings Ellington
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
People (positive)[3]

In the Still of the Night is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in August 1989 by Columbia Records[4] and continues the trend that began with his 1986 collaboration with Henry Mancini, The Hollywood Musicals, in that the project is devoted to a specific theme that ties the songs together. Mathis hints at the theme for this album in the liner notes for his 1993 box set The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection, where he gives his thoughts on the 1964 Little Anthony and the Imperials song "I'm on the Outside Looking In" that he covered for his 1988 album Once in a While: "That was group singers' kind of material. I was singing other stuff. It wasn't the picture of the lone crooner standing in the spotlight. That's what I was doing when all this other stuff was going on. I never listened to it until it was brought to my attention by [that album's producers] Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff."[2] Mathis chose to continue his work with Bunetta and Chudacoff on this project, which focuses on "this other stuff" that Mathis refers to: pop and R&B hits from the 50s and 60s.

Reception[edit]

Although the album did not make it onto Billboard magazine's Top Pop Albums chart, it did receive praise in People magazine, where the reviewer remarks that Mathis and the album producers "make these songs sound reconsidered, not merely recycled."[3] It's also noted that "Mathis's ability to extract every last nuance from a lyric has never been employed to better advantage"[3] and that "Take 6's presence enables him to prove that he can keep up with the younger generation."[3] The album also received a positive review from Allmusic, where Bil Carpenter wrote, "Clean, uncomplicated orchestration"[2] and "One of Mathis's best recordings to date."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Still of the Night" featuring Take 6 (Fred Parris) – 2:38
  2. "It's All in the Game" featuring Take 6 (Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman) – 2:33
  3. "Since I Fell for You" (Buddy Johnson) – 3:09
  4. "You Belong to Me" (Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart) – 3:40
  5. "True Love Ways" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 2:58
  6. "Since I Don't Have You" (James Beaumont, Walter Lester, Joseph Rock, John Taylor, Joseph Verscharen, Janet Vogel) – 2:39
  7. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" (John D. Loudermilk) – 4:37
  8. "The End of the World" (Sylvia Dee, Arthur Kent) – 3:07
  9. "All Alone Am I" (Arthur Altman, Manos Hadjidakis) – 3:24
  10. "For Your Love" (Ed Townsend) – 3:37

Song information[edit]

The 1956 recording of the title track for this album by The Five Satins peaked at number three on Billboard magazine's R&B chart[5] and number 24 pop[6] in addition to selling one million copies.[5] Another million seller that Mathis updates in this set,"It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards,[7] enjoyed six weeks at number one pop[8] and three weeks in that spot on the R&B[7] and UK singles[9] charts. Lenny Welch had the most successful recording of "Since I Fell for You" when he reached number three on the magazine's list of Easy Listening hits[10] and number four pop in 1963.[11] "You Belong to Me" had its best showing as a 1952 hit for Jo Stafford that spent 12 weeks at number one pop[12] and one week in the top spot on the UK singles chart,[13] but the arrangement on this album more closely resembles that of the number seven rendition by The Duprees from 1962.[14] Mathis also eschews the style of the big hit version of "True Love Ways", a number 14 pop entry for Peter and Gordon in 1965[15] that got as high as number two on the UK singles chart,[16] and instead pays homage to the Buddy Holly original, which only reached number 25 UK in 1960.[16]

"Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners made it to number three on Billboard's R&B chart[17] and number 12 pop[18] in 1959. The Casinos took "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" to number six pop[19] and number 28 UK[20] in 1967. Skeeter Davis enjoyed four weeks at number one on the magazine's Easy Listening chart in 1963 with her recording of "The End of the World,[21] which also reached number two on both the pop[22] and Country[23] charts, number four R&B,[24] and number 18 UK.[25] Brenda Lee's "All Alone Am I" spent five weeks at number one Easy Listening[26] and also reached number three pop in 1962[27] and number seven UK in 1963,[28] and "For Your Love" by Ed Townsend made it to number 13 pop[29] and number seven R&B[30] in 1958.

Personnel[1][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Peter Bunetta – producer
  • Rick Chudacoff – producer
  • Jay Landers – executive producer
  • Cedric Dent – arranger (background vocals)
  • Mervyn Warren – arranger (background vocals)
  • Gary Brandt – recording engineer
  • Marc Ettel – recording engineer
  • Daren Klein – recording engineer
  • Frank Wolf – recording engineer
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing engineer
  • Mixed at Conway Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering engineer
  • Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California
  • Don Adey – assistant engineer (Alpha)
  • Bryant Arnett – assistant engineer (Conway)
  • Kristen Connolly – assistant engineer (Smoketree)
  • Richard McKernan – assistant engineer (Conway)
  • Marnie Riley – assistant engineer (Conway)
  • Steve Satkowski – assistant engineer (Alpha)
  • 24 Collection, Bal Harbour – wardrobe
  • Kyle Plyer – styling
  • Deev – grooming
  • Rebecca Chamlee Keeley – art direction
  • David Vance – photographer

Musicians[edit]

  • Garrett Adkins – trombone
  • Rick Braun – trumpets
  • Peter Bunetta – drums
  • Sonny Burke – organ
  • Alvin Chea (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • Rick Chudacoff – bass
  • Brad Cole – keyboards
  • Cedric Dent (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • Bill Elliott – keyboards
  • Melvin Franklin – background vocals
  • Mara Getz – background vocals
  • John Helliwell – clarinet and tenor sax
  • Dann Huff – guitar
  • Mark Kibble (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • Darrell Leonard – trumpet
  • Claude McKnight III (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • Doug Norwine – tenor sax
  • Jimmy Roberts – tenor sax
  • Amy Shulman – harp
  • Leslie Smith – background vocals
  • David Thomas (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • Mervyn Warren (Take 6) – background vocals; featured vocals ("In the Still of the Night", "It's All in the Game")
  • David Woodford – baritone sax and flute

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (1989) In the Still of the Night by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records OC 44336.
  2. ^ a b c d e "In the Still of the Night - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Picks and Pans Review: In the Still of the Night". People. November 27, 1989. 
  4. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  5. ^ a b Whitburn 2004, p. 205.
  6. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 349.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn 2004, p. 183.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 311.
  9. ^ "It's All in the Game". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 293.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1048.
  12. ^ Whitburn 1994, p. 157.
  13. ^ "You Belong to Me". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 301.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 754.
  16. ^ a b "True Love Ways". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 532.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 897.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 170.
  20. ^ "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  21. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 72.
  22. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 256.
  23. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 90.
  24. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 147.
  25. ^ "End of the World". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  26. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 157.
  27. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 562.
  28. ^ "All Alone Am I". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  29. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 991.
  30. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 587.

References[edit]

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  • Whitburn, Joel (2002), Joel Whitburn's Top Country Singles, 1944-2001, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201519 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201608 
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