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Tender Is The Night /The Wonderful World Of Make Believe Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 80.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B008FJW1QY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Tender Is The Night/Wonderful World of Make-Believe

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Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, and raised in San Francisco. He was discovered by George Avakian of Columbia Records. He initially recorded as a jazz-styled singer. Columbia A&R executive Mitch Miller switched him to singing pop ballads, and the rest is history. He has 53 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100. But more amazingly, he has 76 charted albums on Billboard 200. His charting career is mainly on Columbia Record label, from 1957 to 2006. He was briefly with Mercury Records label from 1964 to 1967.

Johnny Mathis has an outstanding 4 CD box set called A Personal Collection, released on Columbia Records in 1993. Collectors’ Choice has released quite a few 2 LPs on 2CDs, but for some unknown reason, this series was stopped. Fortunately, Real Gone Music, an excellent reissue label from UK, now has undertaken to release more of Johnny’s albums, concentrating now on his Mercury releases. So far, 4 sets of 8 albums on 8 CDs have just been released.


This 2 CD set contains two albums on 2 CDs: Tender Is The Night and The Wonderful World Of Make Believe.

The song listing (with chart position and year) is as follows:

Disc 1:
TENDER IS THE NIGHT (13/1964) Mercury 60890:
01 Tender Is The Night
02 Laura
03 No Strings
04 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby
05 April Love
06 Call Me Irresponsible
07 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
08 A Ship Without A Sail
09 Forget Me Not
10 Where Is Love?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72e80a8) out of 5 stars A Teenager Once Again Nov. 1 2012
By J. A. Moriello - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It Is the summer of 1964 and I had just graduated from high school. Several of Johnny's 45's were already in my record box, but no lp's. I bought both of these albums while working part time in a local record store and was totally blown away with the gorgeous music I heard on them. Everything was new. None of his old 45's were here, and his voice was magnificent. When I began to buy CD's (probably around the same time all of you did) I sought for these two albums on CD, but to no avail. It seemed like all of Johnny's recordings were available except my two favorites. I never gave up the search and lo and behold here they are packaged together and for sale on Well, they sound as good now as they did in 1964. Kudos to Real Gone Music for releasing them. I see that other reviewers have detailed the info on the titles and arrangements so I won't go there, but, trust me, if you like powerful romantic pop music, this set is nothing less than the Holy Grail.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72e82f4) out of 5 stars Magical & magnificent...Bravo Johnny Mathis! Sept. 18 2012
By Bradly Briggs - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Groomed for stardom by underground singing legend Ann Dee (Angela DeSpirito 1920-2005) at Ann Dee's 440 Club in San Francisco, Johnny Mathis quickly became a mid-fifties singing sensation recording for Columbia Records...hit after hit yet by 1963 Johnny Mathis seemed to develop a "Seven Year Itch" changing to Mercury Records, in a few short years recording eleven extraordinary albums standing tall among the finest of his still going strong fifty plus year career. "Tender Is The Night" is richly romantic masterful collection with Don Costa arrangements perfectly complimenting full & glorious Mathis vocals sounding as though Mr. Mathis reached a new level of maturity...dark, moody and haunting vocal make superb performance of film noir song classic "Laura" definitive, had radio played this amazing version it would have gone to the top, unforgettable performance is what the art of great singing is all about. "Tender Is The Night" is a timeless collection of great songs done to the maximum, lovers of great singers in peak form will thoroughly enjoy this tremendous musical treasure.
"The Wonderful World Of Make Believe" is a magically enchanting collection of timeless gems filled with wonder & amazement, opener "Camelot" is a whimsical delight setting the mood perfectly for this wondrous musical adventure...songs of stars, bluebirds, rainbows and dreams in wonderland again finding the great singer soaring and in superb form in every way...arrangements sparkle, vocals are mesmerizing and "Beyond The Blue Horizon" is like that great ride in an amusement park one doesn't want to end. Why these great collections took so long to be released is a puzzlement, music lovers now are going to be grateful these masterful collections finally saw the light of day, better late than never.
Highly recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72e82b8) out of 5 stars Wonderful Vocals, Wonderful Orchestration - This is a must-have from the 60s Sept. 3 2012
By Carlos from Rio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I got to know that all the main Johnny Mathis output from Mercury Records would be issued in CD format and oh wow what a great big wonderful surprise!

This double CD contains music for those who love GAS - the Great American Songbook -as sung by one of those great stylists from the 50-60, and I tell you, Mathis was the top in technique, emotion, differenciation and creative approach to any song.

In the middle 60s, Mathis had just come from a very sucessful string of records - albums and singles - for label Columbia Records so that his sign to Mercury label just for distribution in the USA was a rumorous act at that time. Mathis also founded his own Global Records and so he began to own and control all his material.

What to expect from all this rumorous movement? 'Tender Is The Night' was Mathis' second full album for Mercury and Don Costa was responsible for all the bright orchestration. Some may find it strange that Mathis decided to cover the title song after so much acclaim for Tony Bennett's recording. Now I tell you, listen to Mathis approach and you will find one of the most brilliant collaboration between singer and arranger I have ever listened to.

Listen to 'Laura' and here you'll find extraordinary Don Costa pick up exerpts from the David Raksin's suite for the film 'Laura' in order to set the music environment and prepare for Mathis attack.

Oh God, this 'Tender Is The Night' is a very beautiful collection of GAS which includes some rare songs like Richard Rodgers' 'No Strings', the sensitive 'Tomorrow Song' and powerful 'Somewhere' from 'West Side Story'.

This two-CD pack also offers the third album in the Johnny Mathis series for Mercury Records which is a collection of music from the movies as the title says 'The Wonderful World of Make-Bleieve'.

Now the arranger was Mr. Allyn Ferguson, a long time maestro and orchestrator for Broadway scores. Very beautiful too and I would specially recommend the gems from the Walt Disney movies 'When You Wish Upon A Star' and 'Alice in Wonderland'.

There is also a sensational take of Robert Maxwell's 1946 song 'Shangri-La' that opens with a piano and voice solo and ends with a powerful orchestra crescendo enhancing the energy for Mathis extraordinary final resolution.

I finally can not forget to mention the French song 'La Mer' composed by Monsieur Charles Trenet which Mathis recorded beautifully in its English version 'Beyond The Sea'.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72e87b0) out of 5 stars WELCOME CD ISSUE OF JOHNNY'S RARE MECURY ALBUMS Oct. 30 2012
By A. POLLOCK - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The longevity of the Johnny Mathis recording career has now spanned fifty-six years with every hope of a new album being released for the on-going pleasure of his vast fan-base. However, backtracking to his earlier output, those with worn-out vinyl will welcome the fact Real Gone Music has invaded the vaults and selected a batch of Mathis albums for release on CD for the first time and they are special as they represent the period when the singer left US Columbia in 1963 and signed a three-year contract with Mercury Records following the promise of financial gain, artistic control and ownership of the recorded masters (Global Records). So far so good, but despite Johnny's usual high vocal standards and excellent choice of material, these Mercury albums somehow failed to reach their deserving public with the result they soon disappeared from view except for selected tracks chosen for THE GLOBAL MASTERS two-disc release in 1997 and a Christmas collection.

TENDER IS THE NIGHT, Johnny's initial Mercury release of 1964 had conductor Don Costa providing arrangements just as he had on occasions at Columbia, with no discernible change in pace or style. The title theme-song heads other movie-linked numbers like LAURA, APRIL LOVE and CALL IRRESPONSIBLE whilst casting a backward glance at A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES from Disney's CINDERELLA. Richard Rodgers is represented by his work with Lorenz Hart - the beautiful SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL and alone for his appealing title song for Broadway's then-current NO STRINGS. Johnny also retains the Broadway source to grab the plaintive WHERE IS LOVE? (OLIVER) and SOMEWHERE (WEST SIDE STORY) whilst oldie I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE is rendered in a quirky but romantic version.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE (1964) with its concept title song specifically written by Jay Livingstone and Paul Francis Webster, is also ballad bound although the opening title song of the Lerner/Loewe musical CAMELOT and closing BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON add some gentle pacing amongst a handful of Broadway numbers - SANDS OF TIME(KISMET), I'M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS (OH LOOK!) and the Harold Arlen/Truman Capote title number from HOUSE OF FLOWERS. Oscar- winning song (1940) WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR and the more eclectic choice ALICE IN WONDERLAND come from Disney movies with Bart Howard's lovely SKY FULL OF RAINBOWS adding to the album's concept aura of fantasy. With arrangements provided by Allyn Ferguson and orchestra conducted by Jack Feierman this is a superb collection.

Johnny's preference for the welcome verses of many of the included songs is a thoughtful touch and the total timing of both albums has necessitated they be given individual discs - a decision that will delight collectors who prefer such separation.

Real Gone Music backs up this first-time-on-CD release with the original album covers and back panel graphics, excellent notes and comments by Mathis himself with superb remastered sound giving every indication much care has been taken to ensure the provision of faultless listening.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72e8aa4) out of 5 stars Starting Strong and Continuing That Way Oct. 3 2012
By William A. Brimmer Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Putting aside the Christmas album that was the first release from JM's Mercury output, "Tender is the Night" is terrific. Don Costa and Johnny Mathis are sure enjoyment and this release is a testament to that team. Jack Feierman conducted the DC arrangements and the sound is very pleasing. JM was really moving the dial with his Mercury releases and sounding borderline operatic (in a very pleasing way).
The second release "The Wonderful World of Make Believe" is a well structured offering with some huge moments (Shangri-La, When You Wish Upon A Star and Sands of Time) that show Allyn Ferguson's creativity. Thanks as well to Jack Feierman (who was JM's concert conductor as well) for the soaring sounds. Thank you too to Real Gone Music for releasing these wonderful Mercury recordings.

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