The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album

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The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album
Compilation album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1981
Recorded 1956–1959
1969–1980
Genre Vocal
Stage & Screen
R&B
Pop/Rock[1]
Length 1:06:38
Label Columbia
Johnny Mathis chronology
I Love My Lady
(1981)
The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album
(1981)
Celebration – The Anniversary Album
(1981)

The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 1981 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated July 25, 1981, and remained there for four weeks, peaking at number 173.[2]

The back cover of the album notes that there are four new tracks ("It Doesn't Have to Hurt Every Time", "Nothing Between Us but Love", "There! I've Said It Again", and "The Way You Look Tonight").[3] A cover of the Commodores hit "Three Times a Lady" had been released on the UK version of his 1980 album Different Kinda Different, which was retitled All for You, but the Mathis rendition of the song makes its US debut here.[4]

This release has a gatefold cover that opens to a gallery of photos of Mathis, many of which include other celebrities such as Jack Benny, Mike Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Henry Mancini, Jane Olivor, Prince Charles, Karen Valentine, Dionne Warwick, and Flip Wilson.[3]

The album was encoded with the CX noise reduction system.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:34
  2. "Begin the Beguine" (Cole Porter) – 4:16
  3. "Didn't We" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:43
  4. "It Doesn't Have to Hurt Every Time" (Jim Andron, Candy Parton) – 3:41
  5. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer, Ben Raleigh) – 2:49

Side 2

  1. "It's Not for Me to Say" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:05
  2. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 3:27
  3. "Three Times a Lady" (Lionel Richie) – 4:15
  4. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 3:17
    • Jack Gold – producer[3]
    • Arnold Goland – arranger, conductor[3]
  5. "Deep Purple" (Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish) – 3:31

Side 3

  1. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:02
  2. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 3:33
  3. "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet' (A Time for Us)" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota, Eddie Snyder) – 2:53
  4. "Nothing Between Us but Love" (Ray Parker, Jr., Candy Parton) – 3:21
  5. "There! I've Said It Again" (Redd Evans, David Mann) – 2:46
    • Jack Gold – producer[3]
    • Arnold Goland – arranger, conductor[3]

Side 4

  1. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" performed with Deniece Williams (Nat Kipner, John Vallins) – 2:55
  2. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 4:35
  3. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:40
  4. "Ready or Not" performed with Deniece Williams (Amber DiLena, Jack Keller) – 2:51
  5. "I'm Coming Home" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) – 3:24

Song information[edit]

Two of the four new tracks on the album had previously been recorded by other artists. "The Way You Look Tonight" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song[15] after it was performed in the 1936 film Swing Time by Fred Astaire,[16] whose recording of the song spent six weeks at number one that same year.[17] The second of the two, "There! I've Said It Again", had two number-one outings, the first of which, by Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra, enjoyed six weeks atop the Most Played by Jockeys chart in Billboard magazine in 1945 and sold one million copies;[18] Bobby Vinton's rendition of the song stayed in the top spot for four weeks on the magazine's Hot 100[19] and for five weeks on its Easy Listening chart[20] in addition to reaching number 34 on the UK singles chart in 1964.[21]

Personnel[3][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Deniece Williams – vocals ("Ready or Not", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late")
  • Nancy Donald – design
  • Mary Francis – design
  • David Vance – front cover photography

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898200830 
  • Whitburn, Joel (1994), Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits, 1940-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201063 
  • 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 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7 
  • Wiley, Mason; Bona, Damien (1996), Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0345400534 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "First 25 Years: Silver Anniversary Album - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n (1981) The First 25 Years – The Silver Anniversary Album by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C2X 37440.
  4. ^ (1980) All for You by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. London: CBS Records 86115.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K–48932.
  6. ^ a b c d (1978) The Best Days of My Life by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 35649.
  7. ^ a b c d (1969) Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet" (A Time For Us) by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records .
  8. ^ a b (1975) Feelings by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 33887.
  9. ^ a b (1980) Different Kinda Different by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 36505.
  10. ^ a b (2006) Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records 82876 88583 2.
  11. ^ a b (1977) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 34872.
  12. ^ a b (1978) You Light Up My Life by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 35259.
  13. ^ a b (1978) That's What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 35435.
  14. ^ (1973) I'm Coming Home by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 32435.
  15. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1005.
  16. ^ "Swing Time (1936) - Soundtracks". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 37.
  18. ^ Whitburn 1994, p. 128.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 1031.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 287.
  21. ^ "There! I've Said It Again". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 February 2014.