The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway
|The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway is the twelfth album released by Johnny Mathis. It is the tenth original studio album recorded by the singer (two hit singles compilations "Johnny's Greatest Hits" and "More Johnny's Greatest Hits" were among his album releases to this point). Originally released in 1960 as a two LP set, it was also released as two single LP's as "The Rhythms of Broadway" and "The Ballads of Broadway" respectively.
While the earlier Mathis albums had mostly been recorded under the musical direction of Percy Faith, for this album that function was handled by Glenn Osser for the ballads record and by Ralph Burns for the uptempo record. While the ballads follow the pattern of his previous performances being touched with typical Mathis elegance and restraint, the uptempo numbers find Mathis in a very loose and uninhibited state which may surprise those only familiar with his later work. Indeed, on the upbeat songs he at times seems to channeling one of his musical heroes, Lena Horne, emulating her exaggerated enunication and throwing in a number of Horne's guttural growls for effect. While exciting in their way, these performances owe more to Horne than Mathis and he is more effective on uptempo material on other albums such as 1958's Swing Softly and 1962's Live It Up!
- "Moanin' Low"
- "Fun to Be Fooled"
- "I Have Dreamed"
- "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
- "My Romance"
- "Dancing on the Ceiling"
- "I Married an Angel"
- "Isn't It a Pity?"
- "Spring Is Here"
- "Don't Blame Me"
- "Taking a Chance on Love"
- "The Party's Over"
- "Everything's Coming Up Roses"
- "Guys and Dolls"
- "I Wish I Were in Love Again"
- "You Do Something to Me"
- "Let's Misbehave"
- "I Could Have Danced All Night"
- "A Cock-Eyed Optimist"
- "I Just Found Out About Love"
- "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)"
- "I Am in Love"
- "Love Eyes"
- "Love Is a Gamble"
Billboard Album Chart
This lavish two record set was the eleventh consecutive Johnny Mathis album to chart, peaking at #6 on the Billboard album chart in its original release. This proved conclusively at the time that no matter what style of music Mathis chose to record and release on album it would be successful.
On a number of his earlier albums, Mathis had recorded songs by Cole Porter. For this collection he included four songs by this great composer, all on the uptempo record: "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" from 1928's "Paris", "You Do Something to Me" from 1929's "Fifty Million Frenchmen", "Let's Misbehave" from 1937's "You Never Know", and "I Am in Love" from 1953's "Can-Can".
To this point, Mathis had less frequently dipped into the catalogue of Rodgers and Hart. However, their work is heavily featured throughout this collection with five of their collaborations recorded: "Dancing on the Ceiling" from 1930's "Ever Green", "My Romance" from 1935's "Jumbo", "I Wish I Were in Love Again" from 1937's "Babes in Arms" and "I Married an Angel" and "Spring Is Here" from the 1938's "I Married an Angel".
Other notable songs on the album include the Gershwin's "Isn't It a Pity?" from 1933's "Pardon My English", Lerner and Loewe's "I Could Have Danced All Night" from 1956's "My Fair Lady", "The Party's Over" from 1956's "Bells Are Ringing" with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Comden and Green, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Cock-Eyed Optimist" from 1949's "South Pacific" and "I Have Dreamed" from 1951's "The King And I", Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls" from the 1950 musical of the same name, and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from 1959's "Gypsy: A Musical Fable" which featured the words of Stephen Sondheim set to the music of Jule Styne.
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