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Johnny Horton: North To Alaska And Other Great Hits (2-CD)

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  • Interpret: Johnny Horton

  • Album titlle: North To Alaska And Other Great Hits (2-CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Price code JAS
  • Genre Country

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988362626

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Horton, Johnny - North To Alaska And Other Great Hits (2-CD) CD 1
01 Plaid And Calico Johnny Horton
02 Coal Smoke Valve Oil And Steam Johnny Horton
03 Devilish Love Light Johnny Horton
04 Done Rovin' Johnny Horton
05 Mean Mean Son Of A Gun Johnny Horton
06 Gobbler The Houn' Dog Johnny Horton
07 Shadows On The Old Bayou Johnny Horton
08 In My House In Shelby County Johnny Horton
09 Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet Johnny Horton
10 Smokey Joe's Barbecue Johnny Horton
11 It's A Long Rocky Road Johnny Horton
12 Words Johnny Horton
13 Broken Hearted Gypsy Johnny Horton
14 First Train Headin' South Johnny Horton
15 Move Down The Line Johnny Horton
16 The S.S. Lureline Johnny Horton
17 The Child's Side Of Life Johnny Horton
18 All For The Love Of A Girl Johnny Horton
19 The Mansion You Stole Johnny Horton
20 The Train With A Rhumba Beat Johnny Horton
21 Two Red Lips And Warm Red Wine Johnny Horton
22 Ridin' The Sunshine Special Johnny Horton
23 Big Wheels Rollin' Johnny Horton
24 Devil Made A Masterpiece Johnny Horton
25 Hot In The Sugarcane Field Johnny Horton
26 Lonesome And Heartbroken Johnny Horton
27 Seven Comes Eleven Johnny Horton
28 I Can't Forget You Johnny Horton
29 Wise To The Ways Of A Woman Johnny Horton
30 Out In New Mexico Johnny Horton
31 Tetched In The Head Johnny Horton
32 Just Walk A Little Closer Johnny Horton
33 Don't Use My Heart For A Stepping Stone Johnny Horton
34 I Love You Baby Johnny Horton
35 The Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton
36 Whispering Pines Johnny Horton
37 The First Train Headin' South Johnny Horton
38 Lost Highway Johnny Horton
39 Joe's Been A-Gittin' There Johnny Horton
40 Sam Magee Johnny Horton
41 When It's Springtime In Alaska Johnny Horton
42 Cherokee Boogie Johnny Horton
43 All For The Love Of A Girl Johnny Horton
44 The Golden Rocket Johnny Horton
45 Mr. Moonlight Johnny Horton
46 Got The Bull By The Horns Johnny Horton
47 Johnny Freedom Johnny Horton
48 Jim Bridger Johnny Horton
49 Comanche Johnny Horton
50 Snow Shoe Thompson Johnny Horton
51 O'Leary's Cow Johnny Horton
52 John Paul Jones Johnny Horton
53 Young Abe Lincoln Johnny Horton
54 Battle Of Bull Run Johnny Horton
55 Sinking Of The Reuben James Johnny Horton
56 Johnny Reb Johnny Horton
57 Sink The Bismark Johnny Horton
58 North To Alaska Johnny Horton
59 Mansion You Stole Johnny Horton
60 I'm Ready If You're Willing Johnny Horton
Johnny Horton There's no telling how far Johnny Horton would have gone or how he'd be... more
"Johnny Horton"

Johnny Horton

There's no telling how far Johnny Horton would have gone or how he'd be thought about today had he not died in the small hours of November 5, 1960. That fatal car wreck ensured he'd be remembered as so many whose lives are cut short in their prime... young, vital and brimming with talent. In ten years he'd gone from talent show contestant to country and pop singing star, recording a wide range of material that rode the crests of a rapidly changing music scene. From the strong Western influence of the early Abbott sides recorded in 1950 and 1951 in Los Angeles to post-Hank Williams Nashville at Mercury through the mid-1950s and finally with Columbia Records beginning in 1956... Johnny Horton recorded everything from barroom weepers and straight country to rockabilly and bona fide pop hits.

Horton covered that much musical geography because he could, he was a damn good singer... a GREAT singer. His voice was big, infectious and friendly, bursting with charisma and personality. While he is much admired for the rocking up-tempo tunes and the mega hit Battle Of New Orleans, Johnny Horton is less remembered as the great ballad singer he was. Record companies leaned toward tempo for the A-side of singles to attract air play. Very often the flip side of the record was where the heart felt ballad was hiding or maybe a few would turn up tucked into a long playing album. It's these overlooked treasures that make up this set and, with the exception of When It's Springtime In Alaska, none were released as A-sides while Meant So Little To You from 1954 remained unissued for 37 years.

I was in London working on a recording project when I received a note from Richard Weize asking if I would assemble this CD of Johnny Horton ballads. I was immediately taken back to 1956 when as a youngster I first became aware of a song on the radio called I'm A One Woman Man. I was pulled into that record, the sound, the drive, the click-clock of Bill Black's string bass. Mostly though, I was drawn to the fellows voice who was singing it. From that day forward I always sought out Johnny Horton's records and later when my contemporaries scrambled to be the first to have the latest Beatles or Rolling Stones release, I delighted in the great and grand luck of finding a Horton single on Mercury in a dime store close-out bin for nine cents! Those were touchstone records for me then as they are now.

In so many ways his music and those recordings have informed my life as a professional musician having gone from country to styles far a-field and occasionally back again.

In compiling this collection I have chosen ballads that span Horton's entire career and those that I like as songs. He sang so well that he could sell nearly anything... well almost. A few songs just don't hold up for me and I've omitted those. I'm sorry if they happen to be your favourites, but it's simply one reporter's opinion. Thought has been put into the sequencing of this set... how it runs musically and the mix of styles through the years. Included are a few tunes that might have questionable pedigrees as ballads. Today a ballad is generally accepted to be any slow piece of music, but I've always felt a ballad to be a song that tells a story regardless of tempo. Also, ballads of the 1950s were often recorded at a brisker tempo than their modern equivalents. With that in mind, I have taken some liberty.

Johnny Horton was at the top of his game with North To Alaska playing on every pop and country radio station that autumn of 1960 when he died. I speculate he would have had a long and productive career ahead of him, all the while adapting as he did so well to musical trends that lay ahead. Some of his later recordings already foreshadowed the coming of strings and voices. He negotiated that countrypolitan approach beautifully and would have been very much at home with 60's style Nashville and beyond with it's increasing emphasis on ballads. For Johnny Horton there would have been many more ballads. 

Richard Bennett
Nashville, Tennessee

from the booklet BCD16384 - Johnny Horton The Ballads Of Johnny Horton
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/horton-johnny-the-ballads-of-johnny-horton.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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Tracklist
Horton, Johnny - North To Alaska And Other Great Hits (2-CD) CD 1
01 Plaid And Calico
02 Coal Smoke Valve Oil And Steam
03 Devilish Love Light
04 Done Rovin'
05 Mean Mean Son Of A Gun
06 Gobbler The Houn' Dog
07 Shadows On The Old Bayou
08 In My House In Shelby County
09 Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet
10 Smokey Joe's Barbecue
11 It's A Long Rocky Road
12 Words
13 Broken Hearted Gypsy
14 First Train Headin' South
15 Move Down The Line
16 The S.S. Lureline
17 The Child's Side Of Life
18 All For The Love Of A Girl
19 The Mansion You Stole
20 The Train With A Rhumba Beat
21 Two Red Lips And Warm Red Wine
22 Ridin' The Sunshine Special
23 Big Wheels Rollin'
24 Devil Made A Masterpiece
25 Hot In The Sugarcane Field
26 Lonesome And Heartbroken
27 Seven Comes Eleven
28 I Can't Forget You
29 Wise To The Ways Of A Woman
30 Out In New Mexico
31 Tetched In The Head
32 Just Walk A Little Closer
33 Don't Use My Heart For A Stepping Stone
34 I Love You Baby
35 The Battle Of New Orleans
36 Whispering Pines
37 The First Train Headin' South
38 Lost Highway
39 Joe's Been A-Gittin' There
40 Sam Magee
41 When It's Springtime In Alaska
42 Cherokee Boogie
43 All For The Love Of A Girl
44 The Golden Rocket
45 Mr. Moonlight
46 Got The Bull By The Horns
47 Johnny Freedom
48 Jim Bridger
49 Comanche
50 Snow Shoe Thompson
51 O'Leary's Cow
52 John Paul Jones
53 Young Abe Lincoln
54 Battle Of Bull Run
55 Sinking Of The Reuben James
56 Johnny Reb
57 Sink The Bismark
58 North To Alaska
59 Mansion You Stole
60 I'm Ready If You're Willing