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Running Bear
Johnny Preston
Running Bear
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Johnny Preston
Title: Running Bear
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bear Family
Original Release Date: 1/1/1999
Re-Release Date: 10/28/1989
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Prime comeback candidate
Tom Willett | Tennessee | 03/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Johnny Preston's voice was (and I understand still is) as good as any of the rockers including Jackie Wilson, Roy Orbison, Timi Yuro or Elvis. He was uneven in his selection of material. When he was good he was great, but unlike Mae West, when he was bad he wasn't better.The best songs here are "Feel So Fine" where Johnny works out his tonsils in a way that I can't imagine anyone surpassing. It is pure rock and roll. It is worth the price of the CD. "Charming Billy" is a superb update (1960) of the old folk tune. WINS Radio picked it as the favorite new song when it came out. It did not get high on the charts however. If you are a George Jones fan, you will enjoy his background vocal work (along with The Big Bopper and Bill Hall and Pappy Daily) on Johnny's #1 hit "Running Bear." The album liner notes are excellent. Even the lesser songs are fun to listen to. Teen-angst slow rock and hard driving rockabilly. This guy could still make a comeback. He should do an akbum with Brian Setzer and Dwight Yoakam and head for Conan O'brien's talent co-ordinator."
Meager pickings on a well-stuffed CD
R. Riis | NY | 03/22/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"To be honest, once you get past the few hits the rest is rather pedestrian rockabilly with more of an eye on commerce than artistry. 28 tracks is certainly generous, and the booklet is of top quality. Still, one can understand why Preston never achieved enduring success with this choice of material - it just doesn't hold up well."
Enjoyable and fun CD
Timothy Verthein | Minnesota USA | 06/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you enjoy any of Johnny's hits, like Running Bear or Cradle of Love, you will enjoy this CD. The sound of the Mercury rock and roll records from this time period is unique and virtually all the tracks on this CD collection have that special sound. This is a very listenable CD with some really fun tunes on it for any fan of the 50's and early 60's rock and roll sound. "Rock and Roll Guitar" is a fun Christmas tune. A couple songs are quite politically incorrect by todays standards which makes them even more amusing-lets just say Running Bear isn't the only Native American reference song! I suspect after a few plays you'll find yourself singing along with most of these songs."