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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|
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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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.
Most recent customer reviews
Great voice. Took chances. Individualism. So many did it back then. You had to to be noticed. They got themselves naked spiritually and psychologically. Read morePublished 5 months ago by wayne
What a great feeling to listen to classic Johnny Horton. Brings back plenty of nostalgia, especially with 'North to Alaska' and 'Sink the Bismarck'! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Virginia
i'm an oldie so these hits are from my past .johnny's ballads are the most.Published 9 months ago by brian
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Ghost of Metal Past