Johnny Mathis is teamed with producer, arranger, and writer Thom Bell and his cohort, lyricist Linda Creed. Both became very popular for their works with the Spinners, Stylistics, and others. On this outing, Bell applies his ubiquitous arrangements to the dulcet yet captivating vocals of Mathis. The album did spawn one single in the title track, "I'm Coming Home." It peaked on the Billboard R&B and pop charts at 92 and 75, respectively. Its flow is as beguiling as a cool summer's night. Mathis even provides his own renditions of the seldom heard "I'm Stone in Love with You," "Life Is a Song Worth Singing," and "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)." Mathis' articulation is just as precise as the Stylistics version, but with a classical feel. On the moderately paced "And I Think That's What I'll Do," Mathis blends right in with the dynamic string and horn arrangement that Bell has crafted. Most of these numbers have that Stylistics, Spinners, and even Temptations aura, and are good listening songs.
Performance CreditsJohnny Mathis Primary Artist,Vocals
Thom Bell Conductor
Technical CreditsThom Bell Arranger,Composer,Producer
Linda Creed Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Coordinator
Don Murray Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Ellis Widner Liner Notes
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager
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I'm Coming Home based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Amazingly, my parents turned me on to this album when it first came out on LP in 1973. At that time, I couldn't imagine anything that Johnny Mathis did that wasn't 'older folks' music. I was stunningly surprised to find that the music was not only beautiful but, for the day, very contemporary. I wore out that LP and have been hoping that it would one day be reissued. It is one of only a very few CD/albums on which I like every single song. This CD is a mix of soothing soul, contained passion, and haunting melodies. The opening bars and overall arrangement of "Life Is A Song Worth Singing," and the poignant obligato Mathis delivers near the end of "Foolish" are worth the price of the CD alone. Other standouts include "A Baby's Born," and the triumpant declaration of "I Just Wanted To Be Me." The instrumentation on the entire CD is exceptional and works well with Mathis' gorgeous interpretation of the lyrics. I highly recommend it!