Sounds of Christmas

Sounds of Christmas is the second holiday-themed album by vocalist Johnny Mathis and the first of his 11 studio projects for Mercury Records.wikipedia
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Two songs from the album, "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel", were released that year as a single, and the former spent its one week on the Billboard's Christmas Singles chart at number 21 in December 1963 and had another one-week showing there at number 11 in December 1964.

A Marshmallow World

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His first yuletide effort, 1958's Merry Christmas, relied heavily on popular holiday carols and standards, but this 1963 release also included two new songs (the title track and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel") as well as covers of some lesser-known recordings by Andy Williams ("Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart") and Bing Crosby ("A Marshmallow World" and "The Secret of Christmas").

The Complete Christmas Collection 1958–2010

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The 2015 Mathis compilation The Complete Christmas Collection 1958–2010, a 3-CD set on the Real Gone Music label, also includes the entirety of the Sounds of Christmas album in its track list.
The set includes Mathis's five holiday albums from the period in their entirety: Merry Christmas, Sounds of Christmas, Give Me Your Love for Christmas, Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis, and The Christmas Album.

The Complete Global Albums Collection

The complete album was issued on CD with its original title, art, and track list by Legacy Recordings in November 2014 as part of the box set The Complete Global Albums Collection.
Although Don Costa was at the helm of his first Mercury LP, Sounds of Christmas, Mathis took on the role of producer for the next several albums.

The Secret of Christmas

His first yuletide effort, 1958's Merry Christmas, relied heavily on popular holiday carols and standards, but this 1963 release also included two new songs (the title track and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel") as well as covers of some lesser-known recordings by Andy Williams ("Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart") and Bing Crosby ("A Marshmallow World" and "The Secret of Christmas").
The song has also been covered by numerous artists, including Ella Fitzgerald in 1959, Johnny Mathis (for his album Sounds of Christmas) in 1963, and Julie Andrews (for her album Christmas with Julie Andrews) in 1982.

Romantically

His first Mercury project, Sounds of Christmas, was actually released six weeks before this one, on October 4.

Johnny Mathis

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Sounds of Christmas is the second holiday-themed album by vocalist Johnny Mathis and the first of his 11 studio projects for Mercury Records.

Mercury Records

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Sounds of Christmas is the second holiday-themed album by vocalist Johnny Mathis and the first of his 11 studio projects for Mercury Records.

Merry Christmas (Johnny Mathis album)

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His first yuletide effort, 1958's Merry Christmas, relied heavily on popular holiday carols and standards, but this 1963 release also included two new songs (the title track and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel") as well as covers of some lesser-known recordings by Andy Williams ("Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart") and Bing Crosby ("A Marshmallow World" and "The Secret of Christmas").

Andy Williams

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His first yuletide effort, 1958's Merry Christmas, relied heavily on popular holiday carols and standards, but this 1963 release also included two new songs (the title track and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel") as well as covers of some lesser-known recordings by Andy Williams ("Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart") and Bing Crosby ("A Marshmallow World" and "The Secret of Christmas").

Bing Crosby

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His first yuletide effort, 1958's Merry Christmas, relied heavily on popular holiday carols and standards, but this 1963 release also included two new songs (the title track and "Have Reindeer, Will Travel") as well as covers of some lesser-known recordings by Andy Williams ("Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart") and Bing Crosby ("A Marshmallow World" and "The Secret of Christmas").

Phonograph record

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This album also differs from the 1958 LP in terms of how Billboard magazine gauged its success. After a highly successful career as a recording artist with Columbia Records from 1956 to 1963, Mathis moved to Mercury Records, for which he recorded exclusively from 1963 to 1967, releasing thirteen singles and ten studio albums (as well as recording an 11th long player, Broadway, that went unreleased until 2014).

Billboard (magazine)

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This album also differs from the 1958 LP in terms of how Billboard magazine gauged its success.

Billboard 200

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Merry Christmas reached number three on the pop album chart that eventually became known as the Billboard 200.

Columbia Records

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In 1971, Columbia Records reissued the album on its budget Harmony imprint as Christmas with Johnny Mathis, with different cover art and the two songs from the 1963 single omitted. After a highly successful career as a recording artist with Columbia Records from 1956 to 1963, Mathis moved to Mercury Records, for which he recorded exclusively from 1963 to 1967, releasing thirteen singles and ten studio albums (as well as recording an 11th long player, Broadway, that went unreleased until 2014).

Harmony Records

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In 1971, Columbia Records reissued the album on its budget Harmony imprint as Christmas with Johnny Mathis, with different cover art and the two songs from the 1963 single omitted.

Compact disc

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This incarnation of the album was later reissued on compact disc.

Legacy Recordings

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The complete album was issued on CD with its original title, art, and track list by Legacy Recordings in November 2014 as part of the box set The Complete Global Albums Collection.

Box set

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The complete album was issued on CD with its original title, art, and track list by Legacy Recordings in November 2014 as part of the box set The Complete Global Albums Collection.

Broadway (album)

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After a highly successful career as a recording artist with Columbia Records from 1956 to 1963, Mathis moved to Mercury Records, for which he recorded exclusively from 1963 to 1967, releasing thirteen singles and ten studio albums (as well as recording an 11th long player, Broadway, that went unreleased until 2014).

Liner notes

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In the liner notes for The Complete Global Albums Collection, Mathis commented on two of the songs he chose.

Messiah Part II

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"For this album, I decided to record the 'Hallelujah Chorus' and the 'Carol of the Bells'—I just sang my part, the part that all the tenors sing in these particular compositions. I had no problem about doing it. My only concern was how I would get my voice to be predominant if I sang only one part of the melody."

Carol of the Bells

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"For this album, I decided to record the 'Hallelujah Chorus' and the 'Carol of the Bells'—I just sang my part, the part that all the tenors sing in these particular compositions. I had no problem about doing it. My only concern was how I would get my voice to be predominant if I sang only one part of the melody."

Tenor

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"For this album, I decided to record the 'Hallelujah Chorus' and the 'Carol of the Bells'—I just sang my part, the part that all the tenors sing in these particular compositions. I had no problem about doing it. My only concern was how I would get my voice to be predominant if I sang only one part of the melody."