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No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: MATHIS,JOHNNY Title: CHRISTMAS WITH Street Release Date: 10/01/2000
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Media Type: CD
Title: CHRISTMAS WITH
Street Release Date: 10/01/2000
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Classic Mathis Christmas Music
John O'Neill | Alpharetta, GA | 12/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't let the picture on the cover of this one fool you. This is a Columbia release of Mathis's 1963 Mercury release "The Sounds of Christmas". It is also, in this listener's opinion, the best holiday release from Mathis. For this, his 2nd Christmas album, Mathis teams up with arranger Don Costa who provides some truly original arrangements. They're more fun, and at time more dramatic, than the typical "easy listening" style which Percy Faith came up with for Mathis's "Merry Christmas" release. Some of the highlights include a dramatic arrangement for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentelemen" which gives this traditional carol some extra power. Also the "Let It Snow" contained on this album is ultra-lush and may be the definitive version. "Carol of the Bells" also gets a wonderful arrangement with Mathis heading a choir. You'll also find tracks here that you won't find on other Christmas releases such as "Christmas is a Feeling in Your Heart" and "The Secret of Christmas" which speak to the true spirit of the holiday. Great stuff. The only concern I have about this CD reissue: When Columbia/Sony reissued it they deleted the whimsical and charming "Have Reindeer Will Travel" and the best version of "Little Drummer Boy" I've ever heard. If only they would issue it again with the two tracks restored and the original cover art... a nice close-up of a yonger Mathis with snowy mountains in the back-ground. Oh well... still it's the best of the lot."
A gorgeous classic album, but stripped of 2 songs
J. Grey | Indianapolis, IN USA | 12/27/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"At Christmastime, I think most people reach for things comfortable, things that bring back happy memories of Christmases past. For many of us, that means reaching for Johnny Mathis records. Er, make that CDs. And while Mathis's classic, _Merry Christmas_, is available in all its glory, his other classic, _The Sounds of Christmas_, isn't.Well, sort of. This album repackages _The Sounds of Christmas_, but deletes "Have Reindeer Will Travel" and "The Little Drummer Boy." What were these people thinking?!I borrowed my mother's well-worn 1964-ish pressing of _The Sounds of Christmas_ and made a tape that combines _Christmas with Johnny Mathis_ and the two lost songs. It's not perfect, but it'll do."
Those "missing" songs have been absent since vinyl days
Tim Neely | WI, USA | 10/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Columbia first re-released this on vinyl in 1971 on the old Harmony label (KH 30684). Because it was a budget label, the two songs "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel" were deleted at that time to save money. This CD is a straight reissue of that budget release.
That doesn't excuse the two songs' absence now, though; this just puts their absence into historical perspective.
Perhaps the Legacy label will do a full reissue of this album, which deserves greater recognition, the way it did Johnny's classic first Christmas album a couple years ago. It's a very good album as it is; it would be even greater in its complete form.