|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Released||November 18, 1963|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Romantically is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on November 18, 1963, by Columbia Records and was also the final original studio album recorded by Mathis for the label prior to his moving to Mercury Records. Mathis had recorded exclusively for Columbia from 1956 to 1963. After a brief stint with Mercury, he returned to Columbia in 1967. His first Mercury project, Sounds of Christmas, was actually released six weeks before this one, on October 4.
Allmusic's Joe Viglione notes something aside from the label change about the place of this release in the Mathis catalog. "This album was recorded during the classic phase of the icon's career, his Top 40 hits coming to a halt around this time. There would be a 15-year gap before he would see that kind of attention again. And while all his releases throughout the 1970s have precision and value, there's something very special about the forces at play here.". He also mentions that the singer's voice "works very effectively on 'Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo', 'Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)', and 'Autumn in New York'." Although he gives side two a mixed review, he does describe "In Wisconsin" as "perfect for any 'bachelor pad' compilation" and sums up side one as "just a lovely slice of orchestrated treasures."
Billboard offered a prediction. "Johnny Mathis fans will find this LP irresistible, as will the lovers of romantic ballads." They especially liked the selections here. "Each of the 12 songs are standard blockbusters—perfectly suited for Mathis."
- "Getting to Know You" from The King and I (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 3:11
- "Moonlight in Vermont" (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) – 3:40
- "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" from Lili (Helen Deutsch, Bronislaw Kaper)– 3:30
- "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" from Friendly Persuasion (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:51
- "Autumn in New York" from Thumbs Up! (Vernon Duke) – 4:50
- "In Wisconsin" (Calvin Bostick) – 3:15
- "All That Is Missing" (Eddie Snyder, Paul Vance) – 2:58
- "The Sound of Music" from The Sound of Music (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 3:22
- "Theme from "Carnival!"" from Carnival! (Bob Merrill) – 2:33
- "Too Young to Go Steady" from the musical Strip for Action (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:42
- "It's Only a Paper Moon" from The Great Magoo (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose) – 3:53
- "September Song" from Knickerbocker Holiday (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 4:07
- Johnny Mathis – vocals
- Ernie Altschuler – producer
- Don Costa – arranger and conductor
- Tom Palumbo – cover photo
- (1996) Johnny by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records CK 64893. The CD booklet for Johnny mentions the release dates for both of these albums since they were recorded back-to-back.
- "Romantically - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- (1963) Romantically by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8898.
- "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1963-12-21. p. 25.
- (2014) The Complete Global Albums Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88843091432.
- Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
- "Rapture/Romantically - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- (1956) "Too Young to Go Steady/Never Let Me Go" by Nat King Cole [side A label]. Los Angeles: Capitol Records F3390.