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The Great Years is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released by Columbia Records in July 1964.[2] Billboard magazine described the two-LP set, which included chart hits and album tracks, as "the best of Mathis".[2]

The Great Years
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Greatest hits album by
Released1964
Recorded1956–1963
GenreVocal[1]
Length79:00
LabelColumbia
ProducerErnie Altschuler
George Avakian
Frank DeVol
Al Ham
Mitch Miller
Irving Townsend
Johnny Mathis chronology
The Wonderful World of Make Believe
(1964)
The Great Years
(1964)
This Is Love
(1964)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboardpositive[2]

The album made its first appearance on Billboard's Top LP's chart the following month, in the issue dated August 1, and peaked at number 88 over the course of 10 weeks.[3]

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Billboard opined that "Mathis fans should scream with delight upon discovering this 2-LP package."[2]

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" (Bart Howard) – 3:54
  2. "Street of Dreams" (Victor Young, Sam M. Lewis) – 2:17
  3. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Ben Raleigh) – 2:50
  4. "It's Not for Me to Say" from Lizzie (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:05
    • rec. 9/20/56, rel. 2/25/57;[5] Most Played by Jockeys: #5[6]
  5. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:03
    • rec. 6/16/57, rel. 8/12/57;[5] Most Played by Jockeys: #1 (1 week)[6]
  6. "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:28
    • rec. 6/16/57, rel. 8/12/57;[5] B-side of "Chances Are"; Most Played by Jockeys: #9[6]
Personnel
  • George Avakian – producer (tracks 1, 2)[7]
  • Al Ham – producer (tracks 3–6)[A]
  • Mitch Miller – producer (tracks 3–6)[8][9]
  • A The labels on the singles of these tracks did not provide producer credits, but some CD compilations have. While all of these compilations acknowledge Mitch Miller as a producer on the tracks noted, the ones that credit Al Ham as an additional producer on certain songs disagree on which ones those are. The 2006 collection Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration only recognizes Ham as producer on "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and "It's Not for Me to Say"[9] but the 2004 collection The Essential Johnny Mathis also credits him in this capacity on "Chances Are" and "The Twelfth of Never".[8]

Side twoEdit

  1. "A Certain Smile" from A Certain Smile (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:47
  2. "Deep River" (traditional) – 2:51
  3. "Can't Get Out of This Mood" from Seven Days' Leave (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:08
  4. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:34
    • rec. 4/21/59[11] for his album Heavenly; single rel. 9/59; Billboard Hot 100: #12[6]
  5. "Small World" from Gypsy (Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne) – 3:18
    • rec. 4/29/59, rel. 5/25/59;[5] Billboard Hot 100: #20[6]
  6. "When I Fall in Love" (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) – 4:31
Personnel

Side threeEdit

  1. "Maria" from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 3:48
    • rec. 11/6/59[11] for his album Faithfully; single rel. 5/60; Billboard Hot 100: #78;[6] single rel. 11/61; Billboard Hot 100: #88[6]
  2. "Tonight" from West Side Story (Bernstein, Sondheim) – 3:12
  3. "How to Handle a Woman" from Camelot (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) – 3:02
    • rec. 10/27/60, rel. 11/7/60;[5] Billboard Hot 100: #64[6]
  4. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 4:51
  5. "Love Look Away" from Flower Drum Song (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 3:28
  6. "Sweet Thursday" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:30
    • rec. 10/9/61, rel. 12/29/61;[5] Billboard Hot 100: #99[6]
Personnel
  • Mitch Miller – producer (tracks 1–2,[11] 3[5])
  • Irving Townsend – producer (tracks 4–5,[11] 6[5])

Side fourEdit

  1. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 3:33
  2. "Unaccustomed As I Am" (Ray Ellis, Al Stillman) – 2:55
    • rec. 3/4/61, rel. 4/27/62;[5] non-charting B-side
  3. "Gina" (Leon Carr, Paul Vance) – 2:46
  4. "What Will Mary Say" (Eddie Snyder, Paul Vance) – 3:09
    • rec. 8/9/62, rel. 1/4/63;[5] Billboard Hot 100: #9[6] Easy Listening: #3[14]
  5. "Every Step of the Way" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:21
    • rec. 5/31/60, rel. 5/7/63;[5] Billboard Hot 100: #30[6] Easy Listening: #10[14]
  6. "September Song" from Knickerbocker Holiday (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 4:07
Personnel
  • Ernie Altschuler – producer (tracks 1,[15] 3–4,[5] 6[16])
  • Frank DeVol – producer (track 2)[5]
  • Mitch Miller – producer (track 5)[5]

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Great Years - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Albums Reviews". Billboard. 1964-07-11. p. 27.
  3. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  4. ^ a b (1996) Johnny Mathis [Columbia/Legacy] by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment CK 64890.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r (2015) The Singles by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records 88875120552.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Whitburn 2009, p. 628.
  7. ^ (1956) Johnny Mathis by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CL 887.
  8. ^ a b c d (2004) The Essential Johnny Mathis by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C2K-63562.
  9. ^ a b c d (2006) Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876 88583 2.
  10. ^ a b (1996) Good Night, Dear Lord by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records CK 64891
  11. ^ a b c d e f g (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  12. ^ (1999) Open Fire, Two Guitars by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records CK 65862.
  13. ^ a b (1996) I'll Buy You a Star [Columbia/Legacy] by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment CK 64892.
  14. ^ a b c Whitburn 2007, p. 178.
  15. ^ (1962) Rapture by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8715.
  16. ^ (1963) Romantically by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8898.
  17. ^ (1964) The Great Years by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C2S 834.

BibliographyEdit

  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-169-1
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7