So this morning I was trying to find something to play around the house and decided to search Google Play Music for a Johnny Mathis album to listen to. And to my pleasant surprise I noticed that this little gem had been added to their library.
This great album was Mathis’s first release after moving from Columbia to Mercury Records in 1963 and ended up at #2 on the Billboard album chart. The sound is crisp and bright, with lush arrangements of both sacred and secular Christmas repertoire.
Over the years here at FaLaLaLaLa I’ve heard from people hoping to find this album on CD or download because it was an essential part of the Christmases of their youths. The problem has been that the 1971 re-release (as Christmas With Johnny Mathis) and the CD taken from that release omitted two songs. Missing were “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Have Reindeer Will Travel”, the second being especially missed due to its originality and novelty.
Finally, all those folks can have in its entirety the album that remember from their youth. Those looking for the album on compact disc have one of two choices. There is the newly released (2015) 3-CD set from Real Gone Music, The Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010. That collection includes remastered versions of 5 Mathis Christmas LPs on 3 compact discs. The other CD option is part of the 12-disc collection, The Complete Global Albums Collection.
Now, if you’re interested in purchasing a download of the album, you have a few more choices…
As of this writing, the album is not available on iTunes or Spotify, but can be purchased as a download from either Google Play or Amazon. (It is also available for streaming if you are a subscriber to Google’s All Access music service. Note, however, that this version appears to be the MONO version of the album, which sounds good, but not as lush as the stereo.
You can purchase a download of the stereo version, but to do so you must purchase the 12 individual tracks from the aforementioned Complete Global Albums Collection from Amazon at 99¢ each. I, for one, would go for that option in order to really enjoy the clarity and depth of the arrangements by Don Costa. (If you do so, you might want to replace the cover art in your library with the original, available HERE.)
So, take your pick and use the links below to finally add this great album to your Christmas music collection!