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Johnny Horton: The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book

Article properties: Johnny Horton: The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book

  • Interpret: Johnny Horton

  • Album titlle: The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127162588

  • weight in Kg 1.7
Horton, Johnny - The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book Box set 1
01 Smokey Joe's Barbecue
02 Devilish Love Light
03 Shotgun Boogie
04 In My Home In Shelby County
05 Coal Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam
06 Bob Sullivan Stomp (piano instr.)
07 Plaid And Calico
08 Done Rovin'
09 Candy Jones
10 Mean, Mean Son Of A Gun
11 Shadows On The Old Bayou
12 Talk Gobbler Talk (Old Gobbler,The Hound Dog)
13 Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet
14 Birds And Butterflies
15 Happy Millionaire
16 It's A Long Rocky Road
17 On The Banks Of The Beautiful Nile
18 Stompin' At KWKH (piano instr.)
19 Words
20 Rhythm In My Baby's Walk
21 Bawlin' Baby (& 'HILLBILLY' BARTON)
22 Somebody's Rockin' My...(&'HILLBILLY' BARTON)
23 Betty Lorraine (Betty Lou)
24 Devilish Love Light (excerpt)
Horton, Johnny - The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book Box set 2
01 First Train Headin' South
02 The Rest Of Your Life
03 (I Wished For An Angel) The Devil Sent Me You
04 This Won't Be The First Time
05 Child's Side Of Life
06 I Won't Forget
07 S.S. Lureline
08 The Mansion You Stole
09 I Won't Get Dreamy Eyed
10 Tennessee Jive
11 Another Woman Wears My Wedding Ring
12 You, You, You
13 All For The Love Of A Girl
14 Two Red Lips And Warm Red Wine
15 Back To My Back Street
16 Broken Hearted Gypsy
17 Move Down The Line
18 The Train With The Rhumba Beat
19 There'll Never Be Another Mary
20 No True Love
21 The Devil Made A Masterpiece
22 Ha Ha And Moonface
23 You Cry In The Door Of Your Mansion
24 Where Are You
25 Meant So Little To You
26 Ridin' The Sunshine Special
27 Hey, Sweet Thing
28 Journey With No End
29 Big Wheels Rollin'
30 You Don't Move Me Baby Anymore
Horton, Johnny - The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book Box set 3
01 Won't You Love Me, Love, Love Me
02 Why Did It Happen To Me
03 You, You, You (Caused This Heartache)
04 Broken Hearted Gypsy
05 All For The Love Of A Girl
06 My Heart Stopped, Trembled And Died
07 I'm A Fishin' Man
08 Where Do You Think You Would Stand
09 The Devil Made A Masterpiece
10 Because I'm A Jealous Man
11 I'm The One That Breaks In Two
12 The Train With The Rhumba Beat
13 'Cause You're The One For Me
14 None Of You But All Of Me
15 Dark Haired Beauty From Cuba
16 Honky Tonk Jelly Roll Blues (& BAND)
17 Love And Tell
18 I Wish Heartaches Where Strangers
19 Confusion (1)
20 Shadows On The Bayou
21 Somebody's Rockin' My Broken Heart (2)(duet)
22 Talk Gobbler Talk
23 Two Eyed Sunday Pants
24 Down That River Road
25 Egg Money
26 Confusion (2)
27 First Train Headin' South
28 Somebody's Rockin' My Broken Heart (1)
29 Smokey Joe's Barbecue
30 Betty Lorraine
31 Honky Tonk Jelly Roll Blues (1)
Horton, Johnny - The Early Years 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book Box set 4
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 Talk Gobbler Talk (Old Gobbler,The Hound Dog)
07 Shadows On The Old Bayou
08 In My Home 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 Done Rovin'
14 It's A Long Rocky Road
15 Smokey Joe's Barbecue
16 Mean, Mean Son Of A Gun
17 Devilish Love Light
18 Coal Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam
19 Words
20 Shadows On The Old Bayou
21 On The Banks Of The Beautiful Nile
22 In My Home In Shelby County
23 Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet
24 Talk Gobbler Talk (Old Gobbler,The Hound Dog)
25 Ballad Of Johnny Horton (RUDY THACKER)
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
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