Johnny (Johnny Mathis album)

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Johnny
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Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released July 15, 1963[1]
Recorded January 7–8, 1963 at
CBS 30th Street Studio
New York, NY[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 39:12
Label Columbia
Producer Ernie Altschuler[3]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Johnny's Newest Hits
(1963)
Johnny
(1963)
Sounds of Christmas
(1963)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Billboard positive[4]

Johnny is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on July 15, 1963,[4] by Columbia Records and later described on Allmusic as "a nice blend of standards, show tunes and then-new compositions."[2]

The LP debuted on Billboard magazine's album chart in the issue dated August 24, 1963, and remained there for 27 weeks, during which time it got as high as number 20.[5]

This album was "remixed and mastered from the original session tapes in 20-bit Super Bit Mapping"[1] for its first release on compact disc on May 7, 1996.[6]

Reception[edit]

Cub Koda of Allmusic described this Mathis outing as "one of his best… with Costa's arrangements fitting like a glove around Mathis's pipes."[2] He also mentions some standout performances. "Everything on here works just fine, but pay special attention to 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World', 'I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me', Cole Porter's 'I Love You', and Duke Ellington's 'Jump for Joy'."[2] The reviewer concludes, "No big hits on here, maybe, but a more solid track-by-track Johnny Mathis album you'd be hard pressed to find."[2]

Upon its release, the review in Billboard was more focused upon his switch from Columbia to Mercury Records. "Mathis has departed the label, but his memory (in terms of sales and dollars and cents) is likely to linger on with this latest grouping, done up to Don Costa's slick arrangements."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Easy Does It" (Kenny Jacobson, Rhoda Roberts) – 2:08
  2. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" from Jumbo (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:45
  3. "Miracles" (Bart Howard) – 2:51
  4. "(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young" (M. Phillippe-Gérard, Johnny Mercer) – 3:47
  5. "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 4:01
  6. "Poor Butterfly" from the musical The Big Show (John Golden, Raymond Hubbell) – 4:15

Side two[edit]

  1. "Jump for Joy" (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:15
  2. "Joey, Joey, Joey" from The Most Happy Fella (Frank Loesser) – 3:56
  3. "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" (Clarence Gaskill, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:00
  4. "I Love You" from Mexican Hayride (Cole Porter) – 3:27
  5. "Weaver of Dreams" (Jack Elliott, Victor Young) – 3:13
  6. "No Man Can Stand Alone" (Jack Segal, Paul Vance) – 2:35

Recording dates[1][edit]

  • January 7, 1963 – "(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young", "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me", "I Love You", "Joey, Joey, Joey", "Miracles", "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", "No Man Can Stand Alone", "Poor Butterfly", "Weaver of Dreams"
  • January 8, 1963 – "Easy Does It", "Jump for Joy", "Never Never Land"

Personnel[edit]

Original album[edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Ernie Altschuler – producer[3]
  • Don Costa – arranger and conductor[3]
  • Ted Brosman – recording engineer[1]
  • Frank Laico – recording engineer[1]
  • Robert Waller – recording engineer[1]
  • Ralph Cowan – cover painting[3]

1996 CD reissue[1][edit]

  • Didier C. Deutsch – producer; liner notes
  • Thomas Ruff – remixing, mastering
  • Adam Block – project director
  • Joy Gilbert – product manager
  • Lisa Sparagano – design
  • Hope Chasin – packaging manager
  • Sony Music Photo Library – photos
  • Remixed and mastered at Sony Music Studios, New York

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h (1996) Johnny by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records CK 64893.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Johnny - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d (1963) Johnny by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8844.
  4. ^ a b c "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1963-08-10. p. 10. 
  5. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
  6. ^ "Johnny – Johnny Mathis – Release Info". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7