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Johnny Burnette - 25 Greatest Hits Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Editorial Reviews

EMI Gold. 2005.

1. Dreamin'
2. You're Sixteen You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)
3. Little Boy Sad
4. Girls
5. Clown Shoes
6. Big Big World
7. Girl Of My Best Friend
8. Moody River
9. Mona Lisa
10. Dream Lover
11. The Fool
12. You're The Reason
13. A Lover's Question
14. Let's Think About Living
15. Settin' The Woods On Fire
16. Cincinatti Fireball
17. Sweet Suzie
18. Crying In The Chapel
19. It's Only Make Believe
20. Walk On By
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000250SD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The backup singers harmonize well.
Matthew G. Sherwin
I bought this cd as a gift and the person loved it!
Tammie
This album is a must for real fans.
T. O. Breitling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Johnny and his brother Dorsey were born and raised in Memphis, where they went to the same school as Elvis Presley and even worked at the same electrical company as Elvis, before any of them became famous. After a spell as a boxer, Johnny eventually tried to join Sun records but was rejected as being too much like Elvis.

With his brother, Johnny established a successful songwriting partnership, writing several of Ricky Nelson's hits. Eventually, Johnny did find a record company with which he had some success and this compilation is proof of that.

Despite the title, Johnny didn't come close to having 25 hits of any size - however, the few hits that he had are all here including the two big ones - Dreaming and You're sixteen, both of which were UK top five hits. Ringo Starr covered You're sixteen in the seventies and returned the song to the UK top five. Johnny's other UK hits were Little boy sad, Girls and Clown shoes. In America, he had a few other hits including Big big world and God country and my baby.

Those five UK hits occupy the first five tracks here. The remainder of the compilation includes a mix of original songs and covers. Among the covers are songs that were hits for Elvis (Girl of my best friend, Crying in the chapel), Conway Twitty (It's only make believe, Mona Lisa) and Bobby Darin (Dream Lover).

Johnny eventually died in a boating accident while on a fishing trip in 1964. Dorsey died of a heart attack in 1979. At least they left a musical legacy that we can enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Burnette and his buddies made some pretty wonderful music when they performed together; and this CD proves it. They turned out many songs that had superb arrangements and they could do powerful songs as well. Johnny was also one of the first rockabilly artists; he could do anything he wanted to do. It's tragic that we lost Johnny when he was still so young; but at least we have albums like this that let us celebrate and enjoy his talent over and over again. The sound on this CD is excellent and that artwork is very well done.

"Dreamin'" was, of course, a huge hit for Johnny Burnette. He does this with panache; and his excellent diction enhances his performance all the more. The backup singers harmonize well. His voice was remarkably strong and distinctive; it's great to hear Johnny sing. "Dreamin'" makes a great starter number for this album; and I really like those strings, too. Johnny also does a fantastic job on "You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful (And You're Mine);" this shines bright when Johnny Burnette sings it and you're sure to love this number. "Girls" has a lush arrangement but they don't ever steal the show from Johnny; he remains in the spotlight for this playful song about how much Johnny loves his women! "The Girl Of My Best Friend" gets the royal treatment from Johnny Burnette and his buddies; this love song is remarkable and I could never tire of hearing Johnny Burnette sing this with that awesome musical accompaniment.

"Moody River" has a fine arrangement as Johnny bats this straight out of the ballpark; and "Mona Lisa" has Johnny playing with the tempo to put his own stamp on this number. "Mona Lisa" also gets an early rock and roll/rockabilly flavor to it--and believe it or not it all holds its own very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beets on January 5, 2012
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This was a gift for my husband. He just loves it. The CD has all his greatest hits. The service was wonderful. The CD was in excellent condition.
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By T. O. Breitling on October 31, 2010
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This album is a must for real fans. It has the original cuts of Johnny's songs.
It has two of my most favorite 50's songs. "Your Sixteen" & "Dreaming". Impossible to
get on I-Tunes. It introduces you to many great songs. Some I had never heard.
These tunes carry you back to an earlier time in seconds, just like a time machine.
A real memory floger. A very worthwhile investment.
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By Fresno Son on April 17, 2013
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There were some songs that did not sound as if Johnny Burnette was the vocalist. Maybe they were songs he recorded very early in his career.
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By martin levine on February 24, 2015
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that early crossover rock sound. its a little bit rock-a-billy , a little bit country & rocks!
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