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Johnny Horton Makes History Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: S&P Records
  • ASIN: B00006AGDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Johnny Freedom (Freedomland)
2. Jim Bridger
3. Comanche (The Brave Horse)
4. Show-Shoe Thompson
5. O'Leary's Cow
6. The Battle Of New Orleans
7. John Paul Jones
8. Young Abe Lincoln (Make A Tall, Tall Man)
9. The Battle Of Bull Run
10. The Sinking Of The Reuben James
11. Johnny Reb
12. Sink The Bismarck

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Enjoy the music.
Danny K.
Horton was an interesting character in his own right, and a good enough singer so that his posthumous reputation really ought to be bigger than it seems to be.
William E. Adams
After 29 years of trying to replace this album, I've done it. mp3 down lode.
George D. Key

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on June 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I stole the album's subtitle for the title of my review, but it kinda says it all doesn't it? A "concept album" of sorts but certainly a different kind of concept album; one that celebrates our nation's history in a way that is never too serious or too lighthearted. A few of these songs had already been released on singles and on the "Spectacular Johnny Horton" LP, but being in the historical vein, they were worth repeating for this collection. You know most of these stories and you probably know a lot of these songs, particularly the giant hits "The Battle Of New Orleans" and "Sink The Bismarck". Sometimes a few liberties are taken here and there for entertainment's sake or because the meter of the song warrants it. For example, "in May of 1941", the war had not "just begun" as stated in the opening line of "Sink The Bismarck". But you can still learn a lot from these simple narrative folk ballads as they are performed by one of country music's all time greatest honky tonk singers.
The music on this brief but reasonably priced compact disc was remastered from the original Columbia master tapes by Steve Hoffman. And when you see Hoffman's name credited to the mastering of a CD reissue, you know the job was done right.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on August 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It was 1960. Horton's single of "The Battle of New Orleans" had sold a couple of million copies, and had brought the Folk Revival to the country and western audience, with suprise appeal to the pop charts as well. His "Sink the Bismark" was part of the British film of the same name. He was going to die in a car crash just a few months after the LP arrived in stores, but we didn't know that. I was 15, interested in both folk and country and in American history, so this was a "must buy." Only a dozen songs, only 30 minutes long, and with some lackluster tunes mixed in with the gems, the record grabbed me. I loved "Sinking of the Reuben James" and didn't know for a couple more years that it was written by Woody Guthrie and other members of the defunct Almanac Singers 20 years earlier. I teared up at "Comanche (The Brave Horse)", because at the time, Custer was still a hero and his last stand unfair and tragic. There are two pro-Confederate songs on here, one pro-Lincoln saga, two songs about Northwestern mountain men, two about the Revolutionary War, and one addressing the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. I just discovered this was finally out on CD, and could not resist reliving my youth a bit. It sounds great. Horton was an interesting character in his own right, and a good enough singer so that his posthumous reputation really ought to be bigger than it seems to be. If you like "story songs" and U.S. history, you will probably enjoy this. The guitar and banjo work is as good as the vocalizing. It's a man's album...albeit, a man who has a lot of kid still in him...but there is not a love song in the bunch. Lots of war and shooting and voyaging and exploring, though.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darrin Warren on December 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here are 12 songs that are truly entertaining and educational. This album was originally released just a few short months before Johnny was killed in a head on collision. The music has held up quite well through the years and sounds better than ever on cd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen Davis on October 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I distinctly remember being introduced to Johnny Horton at the young age of 4. My dad had the album he'd bought back in 1960 for the whopping price of $2.35--and I could just kick myself for getting rid of it after my record player went the way of the dinosaurs. I hadn't heard any of the songs from this wonderful album since I was 13 or 14...and I remembered every word! Truly a timeless treasure belonging in the collection of any history buff!
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I bought this vinyl record in the early 1960s, shortly after it was first released. I enjoyed Johnny's songs about our American history and the people and events that played a part in it. A few years after the purchase, I moved thousands of miles away from home but the album stayed with my dad, who enjoyed it as much, if not more, than me.

It was not until a few months back that I searched for, and found this CD on Amazon. Naturally, I had to buy it. Well, the songs are exactly as I remember them. After 50 years, I still enjoy hearing these catchy historical ballads.

While I am totally pleased with my purchase, there are three things I wish I could change:

1. Even though the songs on this CD are identical in every way to the original songs on the vinyl record, none of the songs are very long.
2. The CD does not contain "North to Alaska" (my all-time favorite song by Johnny).
3. I only wish he had lived for many more years, so that he could have written even more beautiful music for his fans.

Johnny was one-of-a-kind. I hope you find this review worthwhile.
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By Danny K. on May 18, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Johnny Horton Makes History is one great album. The album takes me back to my younger years. Enjoy the music.
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By George D. Key on August 2, 2013
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After 29 years of trying to replace this album, I've done it.
mp3 down lode. It's to bad that it's not on cd.
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By E. L. Platt on April 12, 2013
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this is a great album for fans of old time country singers they are ballad songs that tell a story about different people and events in history done by the great Johnny Horton this was a must buy for me.
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