Live (Johnny Mathis album)

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Live (Johnny Mathis album)
Live album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1984
Recorded May 1983 at
London Apollo Victoria,
London, England[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 41:06
Label Columbia
Producer Denny Diante[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
A Special Part of Me
(1984)
Live
(1984)
Right from the Heart
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Live is a live album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in October 1984 by Columbia Records[3] and includes performances of some of his classics ("Misty", "The Twelfth of Never", "Chances Are"), songs from recent albums ("Begin the Beguine", "Memory", "Orange Colored Sky"), and three previously unrecorded songs (described below) that have not appeared on a Mathis studio album since.

On October 24, 1995, the album was released for a second time on compact disc as part of a 3-disc set that also included Mathis's 1959 studio album Heavenly and the 1977 stereo reissue of 1958's Johnny's Greatest Hits.[4]

Track listing[1][edit]

  1. "I Believe in Love" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Kenny Loggins) – 3:31
    • Jim Barnett – arranger
  2. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:07
  3. "Begin the Beguine" (Cole Porter) – 3:47
    • Gene Page – arranger
    • Victor Vanacore – arranger
  4. "Fly Away" (Peter Allen, David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager) – 3:46
    • Larry Steelman – arranger
  5. "A Certain Smile" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:44
    • Larry Steelman – arranger
  6. "Memory" (T. S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn, Andrew Lloyd Webber) – 3:00
    • Gene Page – arranger
    • Larry Steelman – arranger
  7. "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:06
  8. "Try to Win a Friend" (Larry Gatlin) – 3:30
    • Gil Reigers – arranger
  9. "99 Miles from L.A." (Hal David, Albert Hammond) – 3:35
  10. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:10
  11. "Orange Colored Sky" (Milton DeLugg, Willie Stein) – 3:09
    • Allyn Ferguson – arranger
  12. "When a Child Is Born" (Ciro Dammicco, Fred Jay) – 3:41
    • Jim Barnett – arranger
    • Gene Page – arranger

Song information[edit]

"I Believe in Love" was performed by Barbra Streisand on the soundtrack of the 1976 film A Star Is Born[5] but was released as a single by Kenny Loggins in 1977 that reached number 37 on Billboard magazine's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening songs in the US[6] and number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] "Fly Away" had its best showing on these two charts by different artists: in 1981 Peter Allen took the song to number 55 on the Hot 100[8] and number 45 on what was now the Adult Contemporary chart,[9] whereas Stevie Woods made it to number 23 Adult Contemporary[10] and number 84 pop with the song in 1982.[11] And "Try to Win a Friend" was included on two albums in 1973: Larry Gatlin's The Pilgrim[12] and Dottie West's If It's Alright with You/Just What I've Been Looking For.[13]

Personnel[1][edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (1984) Live by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records FC 38699.
  2. ^ a b "Johnny Mathis Live - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ "Heavenly/Greatest Hits/Live - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Star Is Born (1976) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 164.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 586.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 33.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 7.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 301.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1076.
  12. ^ (1973) The Pilgrim by Larry Gatlin [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 36541.
  13. ^ (1973) If It's Alright with You/Just What I've Been Looking For by Dottie West [album jacket]. New York: RCA Records APD1-0151.

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201691 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802