Johnny Mathis

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This 1963 album was Johnny's first with arranger/bandleader Don Costa, and it's one of his best. It's a nice blend of standards, show tunes and then-new compositions, with Costa's arrangements fitting like a glove around Mathis' pipes. Everything on here works just fine, but pay special attention to "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me," Cole Porter's "I Love You," and Duke Ellington's "Jump for Joy." No big hits on here, maybe, but a more solid track-by-track Johnny Mathis album you'd be hard pressed to find.

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