Swing Softly

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Swing Softly
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Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Vocal[1]
Length 31:53
Label Columbia
Producer Mitch Miller
Johnny Mathis chronology
Johnny's Greatest Hits
(1958)Johnny's Greatest Hits1958
Swing Softly
(1958)
Merry Christmas
(1958)Merry Christmas1958
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Swing Softly is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 1958 by Columbia Records and is a departure from the ballads that accounted for the vast majority of singles and album tracks he had recorded thus far. This project features uptempo arrangements of popular standards, most of which originated in movie or stage musicals, and a couple of new songs: "To Be in Love" and "Easy to Say (But Hard to Do)".

The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's list of the 25 Best-Selling Pop LPs in the US in the issue dated September 8, 1958, and peaked at number six over the course of 16 weeks.[2] It also spent its one week on the UK album chart at number 10[3] and received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies in the US on December 4, 1962.[4]

The album was released for the first time on compact disc in 2000 as one of two albums on one CD, the other LP being another of his Gold records, Warm from 1957.[5]

Reception[edit]

Allmusic's Greg Adams noted, "Close listeners will appreciate the purity of Mathis's vocal technique, which differs markedly from that of later singers for its infrequent use of modulation."[1] He concludes, "Mathis swings with ease on these twelve favorites and offers something a little bit different from his previous albums."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "You Hit the Spot" from Collegiate (Mack Gordon, Harry Revel) – 2:52
  2. "It's De-Lovely" from Red Hot and Blue (Cole Porter) – 2:47
  3. "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 1:45
  4. "Like Someone in Love" from Belle of the Yukon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:40
  5. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" from Something to Shout About (Porter) – 2:12
  6. "Love Walked In" from The Goldwyn Follies (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "This Heart of Mine" from Ziegfeld Follies (Arthur Freed, Harry Warren) – 2:31
  2. "To Be in Love" (Bart Howard) – 3:01
  3. "Sweet Lorraine" (Clifford Burrell, Mitchell Parish) – 2:24
  4. "Can't Get Out of This Mood" from Seven Days' Leave (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:08
  5. "I've Got the World on a String" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:11
  6. "Easy to Say (But Hard to Do)" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:44

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Swing Softly - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
  3. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". riaa.com. Retrieved 18 October 2016.  Type Johnny Mathis in the Search box and press Enter.
  5. ^ "Warm/Swing Softly - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b (1958) Swing Softly by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CL 1165.

Bibliography[edit]

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