Johnny Mathis

The Ultimate Hits Collection

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The title may be a little presumptuous, but The Ultimate Hits Collection lives up to its billing. Spanning over 20 years, from Johnny Mathis' first entry on the charts ("Wonderful! Wonderful!") in 1957, to his last chart-topper ("Too Much, Too Little, Too Late") in 1978, the collection offers no less than 18 hits. Yes, there are some hits missing, such as the Top Ten singles "Gina" and "What Will Mary Say," but the majority of the heavy-hitters are here: "It's Not for Me to Say," "Chances Are," "The Twelfth of Never," "Wild Is the Wind," "A Certain Smile," "Misty," and "Maria." The original 1962 collection, Johnny's Greatest Hits, remains the definitive Mathis collection, but this is a good substitute, especially for listeners who want to hear songs released after 1962.

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