Ballads of Johnny Horton

Ballads of Johnny Horton

by Johnny Horton
     
 

During his brief career, Johnny Horton was a singer of exceptional range, knocking out great sides no matter whether they were honky tonk, rockabilly, traditional country, boogie, country-pop or, as is the focus of this Bear Family collection, ballads. (One of his most famous songs is a ballad, a pristine yet haunted version of "Lost Highway" that ranks as one of the… See more details below

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During his brief career, Johnny Horton was a singer of exceptional range, knocking out great sides no matter whether they were honky tonk, rockabilly, traditional country, boogie, country-pop or, as is the focus of this Bear Family collection, ballads. (One of his most famous songs is a ballad, a pristine yet haunted version of "Lost Highway" that ranks as one of the most otherworldly sides ever waxed in Nashville.) This is, admittedly, a one-sided portrait of Horton. The Ballads of Johnny Horton misses his first-rate uptempo material like "Honky Tonk Man," focuses almost entirely on B-sides that rarely equaled their better-known flipsides, and oddly, it excludes most of his historical ballads (many of which were hits). Still, for those who look at Horton (correctly) as one of the five or six best voices in country music history and want a great rarities collection without shelling out for a box set, there's a parade of solid material here. As for classics, "Lost Highway" is present, as are two big hits, "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)" and "North to Alaska." From there, the obscurities outnumber the well-known songs, including a few historical songs ("Comanche [The Brave Horse]," "Johnny Reb," "Jim Bridger") and several tragic-romance stories ("Everytime I'm Kissing You," "Meant So Little to You," "All for the Love of a Girl").

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2013
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127163844
catalogNumber:
2716384
Rank:
79256

Tracks

  1. Whispering Pines
  2. Everytime I'm Kissing You
  3. You Cry In the Door of Your Mansion
  4. Words
  5. All For the Love of a Girl
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Journey With No End
  8. The Mansion You Stole
  9. Betty Lorraine (Betty Lou)
  10. Miss Marcy (Billy Boy)
  11. Words
  12. Another Woman Wears My Wedding Ring
  13. Shadows On the Old Bayou
  14. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)
  15. Counterfeit Love
  16. Comanche (the Brave Horse)
  17. The Mansion You Stole
  18. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
  19. Jim Bridger
  20. Done Rovin'
  21. All For the Love of a Girl
  22. Johnny Reb
  23. Meant So Little To You
  24. Tetched In the Head
  25. North To Alaska

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Horton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Reggie Young   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Allen Harris   Piano
Roy Huskey   Bass
Howard Carpenter   Violin
Jerry Rowley   Fiddle
Jesse Sparks   Bass
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Evelyn Rowley   Piano
Loren Otis Shook   Guitar
Vernal E. Richardson   Violin
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland   Guitar,Leader
Billy "Hillbilly" Barton   Vocals
G.D. Tommy Tomlinson   Guitar
Plainsmen   Vocals
Thomas Grady Martin   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Bass,Leader
Brenton Bolden Banks   Violin
Floyd T. Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
James Clayton Day   Steel Guitar
Harold Ray Bradley   Banjo,Guitar
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman   Drums
Charles a. Winginton   Bass
Nathaniel J. "Jack" Ford   Electric Guitar
Judd Denaut Trio   Choir, Chorus
Joel "Joe" Timothy Hunt   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Chester B. Atkins   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Fabor Robison   Producer
D. Kilpatrick   Producer
Howard Hausey   Composer
Christian Zwarg   Mastering
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Billy "Hillbilly" Barton   Duet
Francis Bandy   Composer
Dee Kilpatrick   Producer
Billy Worth   Composer
McWain   Producer

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