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  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JT4H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the rockabilly singer who launched the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and 1960s comes 16 unforgettable hits.

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Though it was relatively short, Johnny Horton's career may have been too broad based to make a bare-bones package like this work, but it sure comes close. Horton is best known for the saga songs ("The Battle of New Orleans," "Sink the Bismark") he scored with when Nashville latched onto the early-'60s folk revival. But the rockabilly set often claims him for the heated trucker's romp "I'm Coming Home," and his first hit was an uptown arrangement of the relaxed, swaying "Honky-Tonk Man." The main thing binding all his material was his smooth, flexible voice, which could go from a low, light growl to a high hic. It was also smooth enough that Horton could make the countryest material sound pop when he wanted to. This isn't the best introduction to his glory days, but it ain't bad. --John Morthland

Customer Reviews

Great classic music.
M. Eggen
This CD brought back really good memories from when I use to listen to him.
vmoneel
What else can I say, I just love it.
M. Clance

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
From the time he captured America's heart with a rip-roaring rendition of "The Battle Of New Orleans" until his final release with "North To Alaska", Johnny Horton surprised, delighted and amazed us with his crossover country style, sung with a muted twang. Anyone who listened to his album fell in love with that voice, which was quite distinctive and quite a vehicle for everything he sang. From his plaintive "All For The Love Of A Girl" to a haunting rendition of "Whispering Pines", it was clear he was basically a very talented country singer, whether he was singing something very commercial like "Johnny Reb" or "Sink The Bismark" or something closer to his heart, like "The Mansion You Stole". He had a sense of humor, which he exhibited with songs like "When It's Springtime In Alaska, It's Forty Below". yet it was his range of subjects and versatility in terms of style that we found so attractive and so irresistable. Had he not left us so suddenly, taken from his fans so young, who knows what other treasures he might have left behind. Enjoy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on July 12, 2003
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Enjoying Johnny Horton's vocal style and songs might be a learned taste, but once you develop it, it's a difficult habit to break. This genre of song is almost totally extinct today, but Horton was a master at the historical narrative put to catchy melodies. Who else sang songs about such historical events as the sinking of the Bismarck, Andrew Jackson and the war of 1812 or the Alaskan gold rush? Horton's musical style bridges the gulf of generations: it's easy to see a child loving these songs, or an elderly retired person.
Horton's plaintive wail in his songs is one of his trademarks, notice the way there's a tremor in the way he phrases, "*North* to Alaska," and in Jim Bridger, "Lift your glasses *high!*" Some amazing tenor notes in these two standards. This is a lovely collection of songs which are catchy and fun to listen to. They also bear endless repetition, it's hard to listen to "Battle of New Orleans" and not want to heat it endlessly repeated. Great stuff here.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "battycoda57" on October 2, 2000
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I grew up with this record. A facinating collection of freedom songs and wide open spaces. In my opinion, the best record he ever recorded. I love all his songs, but I love this collection the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on September 21, 2004
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Mr. Horton died too young, but the tracks he left behind are great to hear. Known first as a honky-tonk type country singer in the mold of Hank Williams, but often with a Cajun flavor, Johnny got really famous for historical saga songs such as "Battle of New Orleans." (See the CD of "Johnny Horton Makes History" for all of those.) Here there are five in that style, and 11 in the love song vein. All are worthy choices for a 40-minute sample of Johnny's vocal gifts. His is a voice I have never tired of, and I've been a fan of his since about 1960.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hope Douglas on October 26, 2003
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Not only do I love this man's voice, I love the stories that he tells. I grew up listening to Johnny Horton and was absolutely thrilled to find this cd. Brings back warm fuzzy memories from my childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on November 2, 2004
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Well, half of the tunes on this CD will conjure up pleasant memories for those around at the time of Johnny Horton's time in the limelight. "I'm a Honkytonk Man", "Sink the Bismarck", my classmates' favorite, "All for the Love of a Girl", "I'm a One Woman Man", the list goes on. Johnny Horton was married to Billie Jean Williams, Hank, Sr.'s widowed wife. Just a few years earlier, he had lived in Alaska which may have inspired him to sing "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below") and the theme song to John Wayne's "North to Alaska" which I believe is his signature song. This CD recalls all those great songs of the 50s and 1960. Interestingly enough, the day after Johnny's fatal car accident November 4, 1960, John Wayne's old friend, character actor Ward Bond, died of a heart attack. This CD is recommended as it is an important tribute to the time.
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JOHNNY HORTON-16 BIGGEST HITS: Although a sturdy honky tonker who was no stranger to rockabilly rhythms, JOHNNY HORTON's legacy rests on a series of jaunty patriotic sagas recorded shortly before his untimely death in 1960. THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS (rendered even more of a novelty when it was lampooned by HOMER & JETHRO as THE BATTLE OF KOOKAMONGA), SINK THE BISMARK and NORTH TO ALASKA (from the JOHN WAYNE flick of the same name) were country smashes that even achieved Top Ten status on the pop charts. HORTON's twangy growl and rustic songwriting also produced the exhilarating sawdust kickers HONKY TONK MAN and I'M A ONE WOMAN MAN (covered by DWIGHT YOAKUM and GEORGE JONES respectively) and the earnest truck drivin' ditty I'M COMIN' HOME, while THE MANSION YOU STOLE and WHISPERING PINES showed off a more sentimental side. A versatile crossover artist not unlike JOHNNY CASH and MARTY ROBBINS, JOHNNY HORTON's keen knack for storytelling is undeniable on 16 BIGGEST HITS.

RATING: FOUR BATTLES
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By George on February 14, 2015
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What a CD!!! I think this guys is really good and sings really awesome! I love the artwork too! The songs "The Battle Of New Orleans" and "Johnny Reb" are 2 really awesome pieces!!! "Whispering Pines" is a very relaxing song. Unfortunately the only good songs in this album are tracks 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 16. The others are no good due to bad lyrics.
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