Wonderful Wonderful (album)
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Released||August 6, 1957|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
UK album cover
Wonderful Wonderful is the second studio album by Johnny Mathis released in 1957 on the Columbia Records label, in stereo and monoaural. The album was issued in the UK by Fontana Records with alternate artwork. It was reissued on CD by Columbia in 2001, paired with the 1956 album Johnny Mathis.
The album features an orchestra under the direction of Percy Faith with orchestrations by Ray Conniff, and consists of 12 songs, none of which were part of Mathis' half a dozen or so hits released on 45 rpm in 1957. Conspicuous in its absence is his first hit, "Wonderful! Wonderful!," which this album is titled after.
- "Will I Find My Love Today?" (Sean Fogarty, Sidney Shaw) - 3.32
- "Looking at You" (Cole Porter) - 2.16
- "Let Me Love You" (Bart Howard) - 3.47
- "All Through the Night" (Porter) - 2.56
- "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 3.47
- "That Old Black Magic" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 2.51
- "Too Close for Comfort" (Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Larry Holofcener) - 2.34
- "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (David Mann, Bob Hilliard) - 3.13
- "Year After Year" (Howard) - 3.12
- "Early Autumn" (Ralph Burns, Woody Herman, Johnny Mercer) - 3.38
- "You Stepped Out of a Dream" (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn) - 2.44
- "Day In, Day Out" (Rube Bloom, Mercer) - 2.08
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The songs included on the album feature the work of some of America's most revered tunesmiths including Cole Porter ("All Through The Night" & "Looking at You"), Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer ("That Old Black Magic"), Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen ("It Could Happen To You"). Mathis also revisits the work of Bart Howard with "Let Me Love You". Howard was the composer of "Fly Me To The Moon" featured on Mathis' debut album Johnny Mathis in 1956. It's also interesting to note that many of the songs on this album had previously been recorded by established artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne. Despite his youth at just 21 years of age, Mathis' versions compare favourably with those recorded by these musical greats.