Live It Up! (Johnny Mathis album)
|Live It Up!|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Live It Up! is the sixteenth album released by Johnny Mathis. It was his thirteenth original studio album with three compilations of hit singles having been released by him at this point.
This is the second and final album collaboration between singer Mathis and arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle. Where their earlier album together featured a set list of ballads and swingers, this album features all uptempo songs. As such, it makes a perfect companion to the earlier album.
- "Live It Up" - 3:28
- "Just Friends" - 4:01
- "Ace in the Hole" - 2:46
- "On a Cold and Rainy Day" - 3:06
- "Why Not" - 2:08
- "I Won't Dance" - 3:58
- "Johnny One Note" - 2:39
- "Too Much Too Soon" - 2:51
- "The Riveria" - 3:03
- "Crazy in the Heart" - 3:55
- "Hey, Look Me Over" - 1:48
- "Love" - 3:46
Billboard Album Chart
This was Mathis' fifteenth consecutive charting album peaking at #14 on the Billboard album chart in its original release. Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, it was a stronger seller than the previous collaboration between singer and conductor released the year before which had stalled at #38.
As was often the case in the early years of his career, Mathis includes a song by Cole Porter, "Ace in the Hole", even including the seldom-heard verse. The title track has lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the husband and wife lyric writing team whose work Mathis would frequently record later in his career. From Broadway comes "Hey, Look Me Over" from the 1960 musical "Wildcat" which starred Lucille Ball while "Johnny One Note" from 1937's "Babes in Arms" is the work of Rodgers and Hart and allows Mathis the chance to display a full range of notes at a swinging tempo. From Hollywood comes the song "Love" from the 1946 film "Ziegfeld Follies" where it was introduced by one of Mathis' all time favorites Lena Horne while "I Won't Dance" was featured in the 1935 film "Roberta" where it was amusingly performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The only true Tin Pan Alley standard on the album is "Just Friends".