The Ballads of Johnny Horton

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 4/26/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127163844
  • Catalog Number: 2716384
  • Sales rank: 59,546

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Horton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Reggie Young Guitar
Allen Harris Piano
Roy Huskey Jr. 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
The Plainsmen Vocals
Thomas Grady Martin Banjo, Guitar, Electric Bass, Leader
Lillian Vann Hunt Violin
James Clayton Day Steel 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 H├╝lsenbeck Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Billy "Hillbilly" Barton Duet
Francis Bandy Composer
Dee Kilpatrick Producer
Billy Worth Composer
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