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Johnny Horton Audio CD
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1. North to Alaska
2. Whispering Pines
3. Johnny Reb
4. The Mansion You Stole
5. I'm Ready If You're Willing
6. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
7. Honky Tonk Man
8. The Battle of New Orleans
9. All For The Love Of A Girl
10. Sink The Bismarck
11. Comanche (The Brave Horse)
12. Jim Bridger
13. Johhny Freedom

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While Louisiana Hayride star Johnny Horton's 1956 Top 10 debut "Honky Tonk Man" strode the line between rockabilly and honky-tonk minimalism, he found his niche in 1959 with a short-lived phenomenon known as the saga song: newly penned tunes, based on or inspired by historical events. The song that rendered Horton immortal? A rousing rendition of folksinger Jimmie Driftwood's War of 1812 number "The Battle of New Orleans," which topped both the country and pop charts for weeks. Riding a winner, Horton kept the momentum going with the Civil War-themed "Johnny Reb," and "Sink the Bismarck," based on a World War II naval battle. He died in a Texas car crash in early November 1960, days before his next single, "North to Alaska" (from the John Wayne film of the same name), hit the charts. While saga tunes understandably dominate this collection, it also includes "Honky Tonk Man" and the ballads "Whispering Pines" and "The Mansion You Stole." There's no better introduction to Horton's seminal recordings. --Rich Kienzle

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5.0 out of 5 stars Northern lights a-running wild .... Oct. 8 2002
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The age of this collection rather shocked me, but it has certainly withstood the test of time. Johnny Horton was the ultimate balladeer, with a rich, mellow voice that clearly tells a story. His story was apparently over with all too soon, but the magic lives on. This collection of greatest hits is clearly timeless, and still manages to capture new audiences. The Battle of New Orleans has been performed my many artists, but Horton's rendition is still the classic. North to Alaska (They crossed the Yukon River and found the bonanza gold) and Springtime in Alaska (Where the cariboo crawl and the grizzly bear hug we did our dance on a Kodiac rug) will ALWAYS be a huge favorite to this reviewer. You had to be a little girl living in Alaska during statehood -- when Horton's songs would come on the jukebox and everyone would stand up and stomp and sing -- I still get a thrill remembering it. Every song in this collection tells a story well worth listening to, Comanche the Brave Horse (an ode to Custer's mount), the haunting sadness of Whispering Pines, Sink the Bismarck (we've got to sink the Bismarck, 'cause the world depends on us). If you haven't heard all the songs in this collection, well you OWE it to yourself. Also a very fun way to introduce a little history to a youngster!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation Of Johnny's Biggest Hits! July 15 2002
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From the time he captured America's heart with a rip-roaring rendition of "The Battle Of New Orleans" until his final release with "North To Alaska", Johnny Horton surprised, delighted and amazed us with his crossover country style, sung with a muted twang. Anyone who listened to his album fell in love with that voice, which was quite distinctive and quite a vehicle for everything he sang. From his plaintive "All For The Love Of A Girl" to a haunting rendition of "Whispering Pines", it was clear he was basically a very talented country singer, whether he was singing something very commercial like "Johnny Reb", "Comanche", or "Sink The Bismark" or something closer to his heart, like "The Mansion You Stole". He had a sense of humor, which he exhibited with songs like "When It's Springtime In Alaska, It's Forty Below". yet it was his range of subjects and versatility in terms of style that we found so attractive and so irresistable. Had he not left us so suddenly, taken from his fans so young, who knows what other treasures he might have left behind. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Short Life marks a long heritage Jan. 22 2000
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1 Whispering Pines 2 Mansion You Stole, The 3 I'm Ready, If You're Willing 4 When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) 5 All For The Love Of A Girl 6 Comanche (The Brave Horse) 7 Jim Bridger 8 Johnny Freedom
Johnny Horton died young, the victim of an automobile accident. His death brought to an abrupt end the beginning of what could have been one of the greatest music careers that ever was. This album reflects some of the marks he made on the world of Country Music.
Unfortunately, when this was originally released, there were twelve cuts, now there are only eight. I guess the others weren't great, for instance, they left out, "The Battle of New Orleans", one of the most outstanding hits in the history of the music, "North To Alaska", and "When It's Springtime in Alaska", two of the most definitive changes in his style as he began to leave the historical area and venture into the world of love and feeling; "Sink The Bismark" and "Johnny Reb", two of the songs most representative of his historical era. Why is it that Columbia Records feels that they have to cut the amounts of songs down through the years just because the business, as it stands today, usually releases only eight cuts. It doesn't cost them any more; all their costs were recovered in the first twenty or so releases of this album; it's just plain greed.
With my "bitching" aside, I can still say that any Country and Western or late 50's rock enthusiast would love the album.
The songs that were kept true to country style, in the memory of Hank, are "Whispering Pines", and "The Mansion You Stole", and "All For The Love of a Girl"; each of these reflects the true country nature of it's artist.
The "Historical Hitmakers" are here, as well, thus, fulfilling the dream of the complete Johnny Horton Sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album slightly expanded. Aug. 22 2000
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Here's one of the all-time great Country music "Greatest Hits" albums with a baker's dozen of unforgettable pop-country tunes. The late Johnny Horton made a ton of great music during his short time with Columbia records (up until his premature death) and this is a nice sampling. This doesn't contain all of the essentials but everything here is great. And the CD version of this contains an extra track not on the original LP or cassette, the legendary "Honky Tonk Man". (One reviewer on here is reviewing an abridged version of this album that only has 8 songs on it. I've never seen this. I'm not sure he's reviewing the same disc.) At any rate, if you don't already own a Johnny Horton collection, there are a few different Sony compilations available now and this one is just as good as any.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The many great sides of Johnny Horton Jan. 3 2000
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There are many sides to Johnny Horton. In his short career,Johnny could sing anything. He was great with the patriotic songs,he was great in the rock and roll area,and the third side was the romantic Horton where he was great,too.Just listen to the songs Battle of New Orleans,Im a Honky Tonk Man and The Mansion You Stole,and you will agree that this entertainer could do it all. His life was so short that the Country Music Hall of Fame has overlooked him, but he should be there for just being so versatile for sure.What other entertainer could offer any more of himself than Johnny Horton?What a pity he is not in there with those other greats. 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this cd...takes me back many years
Published 2 months ago by country shoppin
5.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Music Like This Anymore
Horton died 9 years before I was born. I remember listening to my parent's copy of "Battle of New Orleans" and "Sink the Bismark" when I was a kid and loved it. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Ghost of Metal Past
5.0 out of 5 stars Try finding a better Johnny Horton CD
Let's get down to brass tacks. This CD has all the hits Johnny Horton recorded during his truncated life, including his biggest hit, the patriotic "Battle of New... Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Patrick "Sarge" Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern lights a-running wild ....
The age of this collection rather shocked me, but it has certainly withstood the test of time. Johnny Horton was the ultimate balladeer, with a rich, mellow voice that clearly... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002 by Mamalinde
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Greatest Hits Collection.
This album is worth the bucks. All his greatest hits are here and sound as fresh as they did when they were recorded. Read more
Published on March 21 2002 by W. Grandy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Put History to Music
I had the vinyl version of this album 25 years ago. The newer CD is not exactly the same, but it still includes the biggest hits. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by Jeffery S. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class of its own
Marvellous stuff. If you're ever feeling down, just put on 'Sink the Bismark' or 'North to Alaska'. Personally, I find it difficult to listen to these songs without crying with... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2000 by Rob Hosking
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro to Johnny's Music
For the person who is completely unfamiliar with Johnny Horton (whoever that might be anyway), this is THE PLACE to get started out. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2000 by Ronald George Reagan
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