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Johnny Mathis The Complete Christmas Collection (3CD Set)

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Having released no less than six charting Christmas albums during his career including one of the Top Ten selling Christmas albums of all time (1958’s Merry Christmas, which hit the Christmas charts 16 times!), Johnny Mathis has probably sold more Christmas records than any other artist in pop music history. And, with a half dozen releases to date on our Real Gone Music label, he is also by far our biggest selling pop vocalist. Add to that the fact that Christmas music is such a big part of what we do here at Real Gone and you can see why the chance to do a truly comprehensive collection of his Christmas music has been a glimmer in our eye ever since we started the label back in 2011. Now, after years of preparation, we are finally ready to release such a collection…and it’s turned out even better than we’d hoped! Not only does The Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010 contain all five Christmas albums Johnny recorded for Columbia and Mercury prior to his 2013 Christmas release—including Merry Christmas, 1963’s Sounds of Christmas, 1969’s Give Me Your Love for Christmas, 1986’s Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis, and 2002’s The Christmas Album, all of which charted—but it also includes many more non-LP tracks than we knew even existed before we started delving into the project. In fact, a full 16 of the 71 tracks—including duets with Bette Midler and Gladys Knight & the Pips—on this 3-CD set are rarities that did not appear on the albums, and two of them are newly discovered tracks! What’s more, the array of talent on these recordings is staggering (Johnny only worked with the best): among the producers, arrangers and conductors behind the scenes here are Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Don Costa, Glenn Osser, Ernie Freeman, Gene Page, Jack Gold, Ray Ellis, and Henry Mancini. Little wonder, then, that Johnny’s Christmas music has been beloved for generations, and here it appears complete with fresh remastering by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios under the watchful eye of Sony producer Didier Deutsch, and packaged inside an eight-panel wallet sporting photos and notes by Joe Marchese drawn from an exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis himself. If there’s one indispensable Christmas release for this season and the seasons beyond, this is it!


Disc One

1. Ave Maria

2. Winter Wonderland

3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

4. Sleigh Ride

5. Blue Christmas

6. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

7. White Christmas

8. O Holy Night

9. What Child Is This?

10. The First Noel

11. Silver Bells

12. It Came upon a Midnight Clear

13. Silent Night, Holy Night

14. Ol’ Kris Kringle

15. Give Me Your Love for Christmas

16. Christmas Eve

17. My Kind of Christmas

18. The Sounds of Christmas

19. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

20. It’s a Marshmallow World

21. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

22. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 Disc Two

1. The Little Drummer Boy

2. Have Reindeer, Will Travel

3. The Secret of Christmas

4. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

5. Carol of the Bells

6. Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart

7. Hallelujah Chorus

8. Jingle Bell Rock

9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

10. My Favorite Things

11. Give Me Your Love for Christmas

12. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

13. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

14. Do You Hear What I Hear?

15. Calypso Noel

16. The Little Drummer Boy

17. Christmas Day

18. The Lord’s Prayer

19. Sign of the Dove

20. Christmas Is…

21. When a Child Is Born

22. The Very First Christmas Day

23. Christmas in the City of Angels

24. The Lord’s Prayer (with Gladys Knight & the Pips)

25. When a Child Is Born (with Gladys Knight & the Pips)

 Disc Three

1. It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas

2. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

3. Jingle Bells

4. Toyland

5. The Christmas Waltz

6. Every Christmas Eve/Giving (Santa’s Theme)

7. Christmas for Everyone/Where Can I Find Christmas?

8. We Need a Little Christmas

9. Caroling, Caroling/Happy Holiday

10. It’s Christmas Time Again

11. O Tannenbaum

12. Joy to the World

13. Heavenly Peace

14. Away in a Manger

15. A Christmas Love Song

16. Frosty the Snowman

17. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

20. Snowfall/Christmas Time Is Here

21. Merry Christmas

22. Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (with Bette Midler)

23. What a Wonderful World (Christmas Version)

24. Ave Maria (Long Version)

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