A pair of Mercury
Records albums from Johnny Mathis – back to back on a single CD! First up is This Is Love – a record that really sparkles, thanks to backings from Allyn Ferguson, done in that perfect mix of soft strings and shimmering brass that seems to work best for the vocals of Johnny Mathis! The album's got a feel that's full, but never in a too-lush or sleepy way – that perfect balance you find on Johnny's key classics from the early years – of which this album is certainly a real standout. Ferguson's backings have a subtle sense of drama, but never overdone – and titles include "Over The Weekend", "More", "You Love Me", "Poinciana", "The Touch Of Your Lips", and "Just Move Along Meadowlark". Ole is an unusual Latin-themed album from Johnny Mathis – one that uses the drama of Spain, the exotic sounds of South Americ
a, and even a bit of bossa nova – all to help Johnny hit some new styles in his music! Backings are by Allyn Ferguson, and still cast perfectly for Mathis' vocals – so that while sounding fresh, the album also has a strong quality that ties it to other Johnny Mathis albums of the time – particularly the overlooked gems he cut for Mercury
Records. Titles include "Samba De Orfeu", "Manha De Carnaival", "Serenata", "Bachianas Brasileiras", "Granada", and "Without You".