Recorded between 1958 and 1986. Includes liner notes by Johnny Mathis.
Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder (Sony Music Studios, New York).
The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection contains 15 highlights culled from the many holiday albums Johnny Mathis recorded for Columbia records over the years. Even though the collection spans several decades, it's remarkably consistent because Mathis' style stayed essentially the same, no matter what the current fads may have been. Also, the collection is strong simply because the compilers have selected many great performances, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Silver Bells" and "Sleigh Ride." It comes close to being the definitive Mathis Christmas compilation, even if it's not necessarily the definitive Mathis Christmas album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine