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The Johnny Mathis/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
The Classic Top Charting 1959 Christmas Album
First Time Audiophile Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Johnny Mathis is a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking
wide open in the mid-fifties. Recording a plethora of hit recordings in pop, soul, adult,
jazz and even country genres, he shared his vocal talents for millions of fans with his
records, concerts and top rated television shows for over five decades.
With 1959's Merry Christmas LP, Johnny created one of the most successful holiday
top charting hit albums of all time, with this stunning masterpiece. The LP features his
stellar interpretations of both popular and inspirational favorites like definitive hit versions of Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride, plus impressive readings of The First Noel,
Silver Bells and O Holy Night.
The 1959 holiday masterpiece finds the artist at the top of his game. Arranged
and orchestrated by easy listening giant Percy Faith, Merry Christmas is filled with beautifully arranged classics like Johnny's hit versions of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Blue
Christmas and the wonderful Silent Night, Holy Night.
This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to
announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Merry Christmas by
the legendary Johnny Mathis on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time is
pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Red Vinyl for the holidays and features the original LP
artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song
3. Sleigh Ride
4. Blue Christmas
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
6. White Christmas
7. O Holy Night
8. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
9. The First Noel
10. Silver Bells
11. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
12. Silent Night, Holy Night$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)
Christmas Extraordinaire (On Sale)Christmas Extraordinare is another innovative and heartfelt collection of seasonal treasures played on a combination of 18th-century instruments and modern-day synthesizers, drums, and electric guitars. While not the first to marry different ages of musical instruments, Davis and his cohorts use them with imagination and an intensity that gives new life and drama to this rather inert genre.
For material, Mannheim Steamroller asked their fans to choose their favorite holiday selections and vote on their Web site. The results of the poll are a fine mix of old and new--with slightly more emphasis on the modern--ranging from the bracing Fum, Fum, Fum, a traditional Catalan carol, to Tchaikovsky's Faeries from The Nutcracker. Mannheim Steamroller imbues this beloved song with an almost militaristic edge, grounding it with an ominous tuba that gives the usually fey Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies an edgy tension. Winter Wonderland is a spectacular work, bordering on prog rock, as if Emerson, Lake & Palmer had re-formed to whip up a winter blizzard gone amok.
While most of the Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas albums are largely instrumental, Davis has employed the considerable talents of University of Michigan's Glee Club to sing on O Tannenbaum, respectfully fading their elegant, full vocals around the pristine voice of Johnny Mathis, elevating this German carol to a cinematic peak. -Jaan Uhelszki1. Hallelujah (From The Messiah)
2. White Christmas
3. Away In A Manger
4. Faeries (From The Nutcracker)
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
6. The First Noel
7. Silver Bells
8. Fum, Fum, Fum
9. Some Children See Him
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Tannenbaum
12. Auld Lang Syne$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BalladsBefore this ballad album was released, John Coltrane's critics and jazz fans classed him as an 'avant-gardist', a modernist, an angry, wild young man who made his tenor saxophone scream out. Tongues wagged that free jazz could be made by just anyone who hung a horn around his neck.
These eight ballads made people stop and listen with real pleasure. "Have you heard him? He can blow the notes properly, the pianist knows all the harmonies, and the drummer does far more than just bash!" These words were to be heard and read everywhere, in the specialist magazines, and in the jazz clubs from New York to Tokyo. All the themes are taken from the American Songbook, from musicals, and well-known numbers performed by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee among others. All of them have been performed time and time again and although the musicians played the themes for the very first time at the recording session, their interpretation was well structured while at the same time fresh and intense. With the exception of just one number, all the titles were a complete success at the very first take; but that is not merely that which underlines the high musical standard of the quartet. Fans and critics alike have continued to hold this early Impulse production in high esteem to this very day, which is certainly due to the producer Bob Thiele. But a great part of the album's success is also due to the excellent work of the recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who has captured the intimate atmosphere with his microphones.
- John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
- McCoy Tyner (piano)
- Jimmy Garrison (bass)
- Elvin Jones (drums)
Recording: December 1961, September and November 1962 at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, by Rudy Van Gelder
Production: Bob Thiele1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All Or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sending You A Little Christmas
Limited Edition White Colored Vinyl
Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Johnny Mathis is a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking wide open in the mid-fifties. Recording a plethora of hit recordings in pop, soul, adult, jazz and even country genres, he shared his vocal talents for millions of fans with his records, concerts and top rated television shows for over five decades.
This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Merry Christmas by the legendary Johnny Mathis on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time is pressed by R.T.I. on White Vinyl for the holidays and features the original LP artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation.1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Duet with Billy Joel)
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Duet with Natalie Cole)
3. This Christmas
4. Sending You a Little Christmas (Duet with Jim Brickman)
5. Mary's Boy Child (Duet with Gloria Estefan)
6. This Is A Time For Love
7. Do You Hear What I Hear (Duet with Susan Boyle)
8. Home for the Holidays (featuring The Jordanaires)
9. Merry Christmas Darling
10. Decorate the Night
11. I'll Be Home for Christmas / White Christmas (Duet with Vince Gill and Amy Grant)
12. Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Genius Loves Company (Out Of Stock)
Half-speed mastered from original tapes.
The last studio album completed by the untouchable Ray Charles before his death. Charles sings a dozen duets with a dazzling array of guest artists from virtually every genre. »We cover it all,« Charles said, »from country to R&B, pop, rock and blues. I've never let them put me in a little box, and this (record) expresses that open feeling. A beautiful song is a beautiful song - and to sing with so many beautiful singers is a blessing from God.« Genius Loves Company stands as a remarkable hallmark in a remarkable career, including duets with Norah Jones, Elton John, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and Johnny Mathis.
Mastered for Pure Audiophile Records by Stan Ricker from half-inch analog tape at 30 inches per second.
2005 Grammy Awards for Genius Loves Company:
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Gospel Performance
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Surround Sound Album
- Ray Charles (p, voc)
- Norah Jones
- James Taylor
- Diana Krall
- Elton John
- Natalie Cole
- Bonnie Raitt
- Willie Nelson
- Michael McDonald
- B.B. King
- Gladys Knight
- Johnny Mathis
- Van Morrison
1. Here We Go Again - (featuring Norah Jones)
2. Sweet Potato Pie - (featuring James Taylor)
3. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Diana Krall)
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - (featuring Elton John)
5. Fever - (featuring Natalie Cole)
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
7. It Was A Very Good Year - (featuring Willie Nelson)
8. Hey Girl - (featuring Michael McDonald)
9. Sinner's Prayer - (featuring B.B. King)
10. Heaven Help Us All - (featuring Gladys Knight)
11. Over The Rainbow - (featuring Johnny Mathis)
12. Crazy Love - (featuring Van Morrison)$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock