Johnny Mathis – The Christmas Album (2002) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Johnny Mathis – The Christmas Album (2002)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:10 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,13 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 30:33 min | Scans included | 841 MB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 30:33 min | Scans included | 644 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound

Johnny Mathis is one of the few classic artists whose names have become synonymous with the holidays. He practically owns “Marshmallow World,” for instance. The silky smooth crooner has released at least one new Christmas album every decade since his ’50s hit-making heyday. His first entry of the 2000s may not be the best choice for the uninitiated, but anyone who’s loved his Christmas music in the past surely won’t be disappointed. Mathis’s voice has matured, but that tenor is still beautiful, as he delivers his usual mix of carols and pop standards. Like so many other Christmas artists, Mathis is at his best when he’s covering the already familiar: “Frosty the Snowman” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” pop like Sinatra here, making up for the rather unmemorable “Heavenly Peace”. That voice, though, has always been an instrument of romance and fantasy, two elements that blend perfectly with the holiday spirit.

In case you’ve lost track (or were never keeping track), this is Johnny Mathis’ sixth newly recorded Christmas album following Merry Christmas (1958), The Sound of Christmas (1963), Give Me Your Love for Christmas (1969), For Christmas (1984), and Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis (1986). If it seems like there have been even more, that’s because of repackagings: Such titles as Christmas with Johnny Mathis, Christmas Is…, and The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection are compilations drawn from the previous original five. So, maybe this 2002 collection should be called “A Christmas Album” instead of The Christmas Album. Definitive yet generic, that title isn’t likely to distinguish the disc for buyers browsing the holiday sections of their local record stores. You might think that Mathis would have trouble finding Christmas evergreens to record the sixth time through, but somehow he doesn’t seem to have gotten around to “Joy to the World,” “Away in a Manger,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” or “Merry Christmas” before. He has commissioned one new one, Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford’s pleasant “Heavenly Peace,” and pressed into service other non-holiday standards, such as Irving Berlin’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and ’40s bandleader Claude Thornhill’s theme song “Snowfall.” And since the album only contains ten tracks and runs a mere half an hour, that’s enough. Backed by the Irish Film Orchestra, which can be alternately lush and swinging, Mathis creates yet another winning collection. It isn’t a match for his classic first one, Merry Christmas, but it’s still very good.


01. Joy To The World
02. Heavenly Peace
03. Away In A Manger
04. A Christmas Love Song
05. Frosty The Snowman
06. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
07. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
08. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
09. Snowfall / Christmas Time Is Here
10. Merry Christmas

Johnny Mathis – vocals
Robbie Buchanan – keyboards, bass, drums
Randy Waldman – piano
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
Dave Carpenter – bass
Dean Parks – acoustic guitar
Michael Landau – electric guitar
The Irish Film Orchestra, Conducted by Ken Krogstad

Produced by Robbie Buchanan. Mastered by Doug Sax & Robert Hadley.




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