Two key 70s albums from Johnny Mathis
– back to back on a single CD! I Only Have Eyes For You is a great little record – one that has Johnny Mathis
still holding onto the majesty of his vocals from the early years, but really finding a new sort of groove with arranger Gene Page! Page had done funkier work in other settings, but here he mixes up soul and strings in a nice balance of modes for Mathis
– blending ballads with a few gentle groovers, the latter of which really have Johnny
taking off in great new directions – and finding a way to hold onto the spotlight as the 70s move on! Titles include "Do Me Wrong But Do Me", "The Hungry Years", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Do You Know Where You're Going To", "Ooh What We Do", "When A Child Is Born", and "Every Time You Touch Me I Get High". Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me is another 70s gem with Gene Page at the helm of the arrangements, and Johnny
's longtime producer Jack Gold choosing all the right sort of material for the set – a mix of 70s pop, familiar numbers, and a few others that hint at a slight current of soul. Titles include "When I Need You", "We're All Alone", "Tomorrow", "Evergreen", "I Always Knew I Had It In Me", "Don't Give Up On Us", "One", and "The Most Beautiful Girl". CD features the bonus cuts "If It's Magic" and "Experience".