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Johnny Horton: The Early Years (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

Article properties: Johnny Horton: The Early Years (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Interpret: Johnny Horton

  • Album titlle: The Early Years (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code DI
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127162588

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