The Wonderful World of Make Believe
|The Wonderful World of Make Believe|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Concentrating on ballads once again, the album is very typical of Mathis' output of the period with its Broadway and movie songs, standards and a few more obscure titles.
- "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
- "House of Flowers"
- "Beyond the Sea"
- "Sky Full of Rainbows"
- "Sands of Time"
- "Alice in Wonderland"
- "Dream, Dream, Dream"
- "The World of Make-Believe"
- "When You Wish Upon a Star"
- "Beyond the Blue Horizon"
Billboard Album Chart
This was Mathis' 24th consecutive charting album peaking at #75 on the Billboard album chart in its original release. As such, it holds the destinction of being his lowest charting original album to this point.
Of the songs on the album, three come from Broadway musicals and two from Disney films. From Broadway, Mathis continues his recorded exploration of the score of "Kismet" with the moody "Sands of Time" while the title song of the exotic Harold Arlen/Truman Capote show House of Flowers is included. He also revists the score of Camelot with its title tune. From the scores of two classic Disney animated films come the title song of Alice in Wonderland, while the Academy Award-winning song for 1940, "When You Wish Upon a Star", is from Pinnochio.
Standards on the album include "Beyond the Sea", a hit for Bobby Darin, "Shangri-la" (recorded by both Vic Damone and Peggy Lee), "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", and a tour-de-force performance of "Beyond the Blue Horizon" featuring the rarely heard verse.
- All Music Billboard Album Chart Position