The Ultimate Hits Collection (Johnny Mathis album)

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The Ultimate Hits Collection
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ReleasedApril 21, 1998 [1]
Recorded1956–1986
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Length57:18
Label Columbia
Johnny Mathis chronology
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Robert Christgau A- [2]

The Ultimate Hits Collection is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 1998 by Columbia Records. In addition to offering several hit singles, the collection includes the first release of "Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)", a song that was originally recorded for his 1986 collaboration with Henry Mancini, The Hollywood Musicals , but not included in the final track selection. [3]

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

Johnny Mathis American singer

John Royce Mathis is an American singer-songwriter of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. According to Guinness Music Chart historian Paul Gambaccini, Mathis has sold well over 360 million records worldwide, making him the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Mathis has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings.

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Reception

In giving a grade of A- to the compilation, Robert Christgau is especially fond of "Wonderful! Wonderful!", "It's Not for Me to Say", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", and "Wild Is the Wind", noting that "those five songs are the substance of Mathis's legend and legacy. Poised on the cusp of black and white, masculine and feminine, they projected an image of egoless tenderness, an irresistible breath of sensuality." [2]

Robert Christgau American music journalist

Robert Thomas Christgau is an American essayist and music journalist. One of the earliest professional rock critics, he spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created and oversaw the annual Pazz & Jop poll. He has also covered popular music for Esquire, Creem, Newsday, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Blender, and MSN Music, and was a visiting arts teacher at New York University.

"Wonderful! Wonderful!" is a popular music song written by Sherman Edwards, with lyrics by Ben Raleigh. The song was first published in 1957.

"It's Not for Me to Say" is a 1957 popular song with music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Al Stillman. It was written for the 1957 movie Lizzie, and was sung by Johnny Mathis in the film.

In addition to receiving a five-star rating from AllMusic, this release has also been designated by the site as an Album Pick. [1]

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Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wonderful! Wonderful!" Sherman Edwards, Ben Raleigh2:50
2."It's Not for Me to Say" Robert Allen, Al Stillman 3:05
3."When Sunny Gets Blue"Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal 2:41
4."Chances Are" Robert Allen, Al Stillman 3:03
5."The Twelfth of Never" Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster 2:28
6."Wild Is the Wind" Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington 2:26
7."A Certain Smile" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2:47
8."Misty" Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner 3:34
9."Maria" Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim 3:45
10."Stranger in Paradise" Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George Forrest 5:53
11."Stardust" Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish 3:27
12."The Sweetheart Tree" Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 2:11
13."Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)" Larry Kusik, Nino Rota, Eddie Snyder 2:58
14."I'm Coming Home" Thom Bell, Linda Creed 3:24
15."Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (performed with Deniece Williams)Nat Kipner, John Vallins 2:59
16."Friends in Love" (performed with Dionne Warwick) Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon 4:03
17."Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)" Ary Barroso, Bob Russell 4:13
18."99 Miles from L.A." (live) Hal David, Albert Hammond 3:35

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