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One of the last and most popular in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the rock-dominated 1960s, Johnny Mathis concentrated on romantic readings of jazz and pop standards for the ever-shrinking adult contemporary audience of the '60s and '70s. Though he debuted with a flurry of singles chart activity, Mathis later made it big in the album ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Mathis Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002S94HK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Winter WonderlandJohnny Mathis 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)Johnny Mathis 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sleigh RideJohnny Mathis 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blue ChristmasJohnny Mathis 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'll Be Home for ChristmasJohnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. White ChristmasJohnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. O Holy NightJohnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What Child Is This?Johnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The First NoelJohnny Mathis 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Silver BellsJohnny Mathis 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It Came Upon the Midnight ClearJohnny Mathis 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Silent Night, Holy NightJohnny Mathis with Percy Faith & His Orchestra 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christmas Eve (Album Version)Johnny Mathis 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. My Kind of ChristmasJohnny Mathis 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Merry Christmas was Johnny Mathis' seventh studio album for the Columbia label and his first of Christmas material. Featuring the orchestra of Percy Faith, the album would peak at #3 on Billboard's Christmas album chart and make a return appearance for the next eleven years. Total sales in the US alone are over two million copies. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Captain Kirk on 12 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If ever there was an album to convey perfectly the sentiments of the Christmas season this must be it.This has been a favourite album of my family for more years than I care to remember.Johnny Mathis with the fabulous Percy Faith and his Orchestra has got to be one of the best combinations for any Christmas album.There have been a number of compilations of these tracks available over the years but at last the album has been restored to it's complete version and it sounds wonderful.

The album was recorded in Columbia's 30th Street Studios in New York City in the summer of 1958 but you would never have guessed it!
The atmosphere of Christmas is portrayed beautifully in each song and the orchestral arrangements by Percy Faith are stunning.Johnny was only in his early twenties when this album was recorded but his interpretations of the songs are mature, sincere and at times quite moving. The huge recording studio where this album was made was a former disused church in the city which had a wonderful ambience which lended itself perfectly to these recordings.The sound engineer was Harold Chapman,one of the best in the business and the resulting sound is superb.
The crystal clear vocals and brilliantly sparkling orchestral backing must be heard to be appreciated - you would never believe that these recordings are almost 50 years old!

Johnny Mathis went on to make other Christmas albums,some of them in a more secular style using other arrangers such as the great Don Costa but for me, this is the definitive one.There are also 2 bonus tracks "Christmas Eve" and "My Kind Of Christmas" taken from another album arranged and conducted by Don Costa and recorded in 1961.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dean Thompson on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful ! This is my first Johnny Mathis album I've ever bought, & I can't understand how at my age, 46, I've overlooked him all these years. Actually on the strength of this album I bought several other "Mathis" albums through Amazon. This is a fantastic piece of listening & I think that most of the tracks were put down in about 1958/59 & Johnny's voice comes through so pure & true its lovely. Out of all my Christmas CD's this one got played the most this year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Mathis has one the sweetest, smoothest voices I have ever heard, and it is perfectly matched for these lovely Christmas tunes; he even makes the two up-tempo numbers included, "Winter Wonderland" and "Sleigh Ride", sound soft and mellow.
My all-time favorite song is "O Holy Night", and his interpretation of it is superb, with a lush string arrangement, and a final gorgeous pianissimo note from Johnny. Hearing it never fails to inspire and move me.
This is a calming and peaceful collection, with songs like "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "Silent Night" taken at a slow and easy pace, with wonderful backing from Percy Faith and his orchestra. Mathis was 23 years old when he recorded this in 1958, but was already a big star, and shows enormous musical maturity.
The bonus tracks, "Christmas Eve" and "My Kind of Christmas", I feel are slightly out of place. Though they were recorded a mere three years after the original songs for this album, they sound too "modern", as if they are from another era, and perhaps this is because the songs are not familiar classics like the rest; that slight quibble aside, this is an excellent collection of Christmas music, of such quality that it can be enjoyed any time of the year. The re-mastered sound is very good, and total time is 50'29.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I grew up with my parents playing this CD every year. To this day, the opening measures make me think of the fun of Christmas past.
I love Christmas music, and have a collection that grows bigger each year. Still, Johnny Mathis has my favorite versions of some of these songs, especially "Winter Wonderland," with parts I've never heard anywhere else, and "Sleigh Ride." I also like his rendition of "What Child is This" which includes all three choruses, not just the one that everyone is most familiar with.
This is the kind of Christmas music that makes me want to light a fire, drink some hot chocolate, and just listen. You won't regret buying this classic CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coolmoonriver on 7 Oct. 2013
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when I was a child ,im now 60,this was our family's Christmas album when I got married and left home I ordered this album and played it and played it , a wonderful Christmas album ....
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By Aderyn on 25 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD replaces an old Johnny Mathis tape I had with Christmas songs. Most of the original songs are on the tape, especially Johnny Mathis's version of O Holy Night which I love. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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By John H. Whiffen on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Johnny Mathis is an old favourite of ours and we were very pleased to find this Cd to replace an audio cassette, we have had for years and be able to enjoy his rendition of these carols. The price and delivery was first class thank you
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