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Johnny Horton'S Greatest Hits

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North To Alaska*
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Whispering Pines
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Johnny Reb
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The Mansion You Stole
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I'm Ready, If You're Willing
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When It's Spring Time In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
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Honky-Tonk Man
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The Battle Of New Orleans
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All For The Love Of A Girl
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Sink The Bismarck
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Comanche (The Brave Horse)
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Jim Bridger
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Johnny Freedom ("Freedomland")
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Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits

ThatRascalFelix

There are a couple of collections of Johnny's stuff available on e-music and there isn't much difference in the selections. His historical classics are here - "Sink The Bismark", "North To Alaska", "The Battle of New Orleans" and "When It's Springtime in Alaska", then there are a couple of LP cuts that fit this mold, "Comanche", "Jim Bridger", "Johnny Reb" and "Johnny Freedom", they left out "Young Abe Lincoln" which is a shame. The ballads are here - "Whispering Pines" and "All For The Love Of A Girl" being the best, and "Honky-Tonk Man", Horton's signature song. I'd have included a couple of his "Train" songs, his own "The First Train Headed South" and his cover of Hank Snow's "The Golden Rocket". Either way this collection is a good cream of the crop songbook from Johnny.

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Wonderful Old Album

JDunigan

Johnny Horton had such a wonderful rich voice. Its a great album for any fan of old western music.

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They Say All Music Guide

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

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