Sounds of Christmas
|Sounds of Christmas|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Released||October 4, 1963|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Sounds of Christmas is the 21st album released by vocalist Johnny Mathis. It was his 17th original studio album with four compilations of hit singles having been released by the singer to this point. It was his second Christmas album, originally released on Mercury Records in 1963.
After a highly successful career as a recording artist with Columbia Records from 1956 to 1963, Mathis moved to Mercury Records for which he recorded exclusively from 1963 to 1967, releasing ten studio albums and thirteen singles. The change was motivated by a desire for greater control over his recordings including owning the masters. This album was the first to be recorded and released by the singer for Mercury.
As with Mathis' final studio albums for Columbia, Don Costa, although he was credited as a producer, provided the album's musical direction. The album works well as a sequel to his previous Christmas collection, Merry Christmas, as it also seamlessly blends traditional Christmas carols ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") with classical musical ("Hallelujah Chorus") and popular Christmas songs ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer").
In 1971, Columbia Records reissued the album as Christmas with Johnny Mathis on its budget Harmony Records imprint, with different cover art and omitting two songs, "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel", from the original track list. This incarnation of the album was later reissued on compact disc. The complete album was issued on CD with its original title and tracklist by Legacy Recordings in November 2014, as part of the box set The Complete Global Albums Collection.
- "The Sounds of Christmas" - 2:35
- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - 2:53
- "A Marshmallow World" - 2:37
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - 3:19
- "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - 4:12
- "The Little Drummer Boy" - 3:32
- "Have Reindeer, Will Travel" - 3:31
- "The Secret of Christmas" - 4:12
- "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - 2:20
- "Carol of the Bells" - 1:22
- "Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart" - 3:03
- "Hallelujah Chorus" - 4:02
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