Sunday, December 25, 2011


YEAR: 1958

LABEL: Columbia

TRACK LISTING: Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Blue Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, White Christmas, O Holy Night, What Child Is This?, The First Noel, Silver Bells, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Silent Night

IMPRESSIONS: This has to be one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time. A perennial listen every December I've been alive, this was Mathis' first and best Christmas album (and he's made a few, let me tell you). This is one of those handful of albums which I can't go a Christmas season without listening to.

MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Every single one of them.

FACT SHEET: MERRY CHRISTMAS was Johnny Mathis' sixth album (not counting a "greatest hits" as well as his very first Christmas album. It was produced by Columbia mogul Mitch Miller and features Percy Faith and his Orchestra. The album repeatedly made the top of the charts hitting #3 in 1959, #10 in 1960 and #12 in 1962.

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