Even though he also cut a slew of country ballads and honky tonk tunes, Horton's fame rests with these folk saga songs. After spending the majority of the '50s reworking the classic sound of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Webb Pierce, Horton scored with country shuffle cuts like "Honky Tonk Man." It wasn't until 1958, though, that he broke ...
Even though he also cut a slew of country ballads and honky tonk tunes, Horton's fame rests with these folk saga songs. After spending the majority of the '50s reworking the classic sound of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Webb Pierce, Horton scored with country shuffle cuts like "Honky Tonk Man." It wasn't until 1958, though, that he broke nationally with several geographical and historical themes like "When It's Springtime in Alaska" and "Johnny Reb." And while other drum, fife, and banjo production numbers like "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Sink the Bismarck" come off well, albeit in small doses, more overwrought cuts like "Johnny Freedom" and "Jim Bridger" find this particular stylistic well running dry. Too bad Horton didn't stick to more simple and emotive historical material like "Comanche" and "Whispering Pines." Unfortunately, this hits collection favors the gratuitous flag-waving fare and even ups the kitsch factor with syrupy, string-laden weepers like "The Mansion You Stole" and "All for the Love of a Girl." Still, a tidy collection of Horton's biggest numbers, and one that includes several cuts not featured on Columbia's more balanced two-disc retrospective. ~ Stephen Cook, Rovi
Very good in very good packaging. Johnny Horton Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits Label: Columbia CS 8396 Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Compilation, Reissue Country: US Released: Genre: Folk, World, & Country Style: Country Tracklist A1 North To Alaska Written-By M. Phillips* 2: 48 A2 Whispering Pines Written-By H. Halsey* 2: 56 A3 Johnny Reb Written-By M. Kilgore* 2: 19 A4 The Mansion You Stole Written-By J. Horton* 2: 07 A5 I'm Ready, If You're Willing Written-By J. Organ*, V. Claud* 2: 18 A6 When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) Written-By T. Franks* 2: 36 B1 The Battle Of New Orleans Arranged By Jimmie Driftwood* 2: 30 B2 All For The Love Of A Girl Written-By J. Horton* 2: 46 B3 Sink The Bismarck Written-By J. Horton*, T. Franks* 3: 12 B4 Comanche (The Brave Horse) Written-By F. Bandy*, J. Horton* 3: 07 B5 Jim Bridger Written-By L. Payne* 3: 27 B6 Johnny Freedom ("Freedomland") Written-By G. Weiss*, J. Styne* 2: 48
Very good. High Fidelity Columbia 8396. North to Alaska, Whispering Pines, Johnny Reb, The Mansion You Stole, I'm Ready, If You're Willing, When It's Springtime in Alaska, The Battle of New Orleans, All For the Love of a Girl, Sink the Bismarck, Comanche, Jim Bridger, Johnny Freedom. The cover is bright and clean with opened original factory shrink wrap. This is a 33-1/3 rpm vinyl record album. The album is a little dusty with a few fine scratches. I ship in a box to avoid damaging the record. Free tracking number.