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Includes Memphis; Maybelline; Where Have All the Flowers Gone; Secret Agent Man, and more.

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If Rhino's more comprehensive Anthology 1964-1977 is too rich for your blood, this 10-song collection offers a good introduction to the charismatic singer-guitarist's biggest hits. Along with the immortal P.F. Sloan-penned spy drama "Secret Agent Man," the disc contains such memorable Rivers numbers as the bittersweet "Poor Side of Town," the rollicking Chuck Berry covers "Memphis" and "Maybelline," his soulful readings of the Motown hits "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" and "The Tracks of My Tears," and his very credible interpretations of the blues standards "Seventh Son" and "The Midnight Special." --Scott Schinder

1. Memphis
2. Maybelline
3. The Midnight Special
4. The Seventh Son
5. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
6. Secret Agent Man
7. The Poor Side Of Town
8. Baby, I Need Your Lovin'
9. The Tracks Of My Tears
10. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olson on March 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are an extremely casual fan, this 10 track collection is the way to go as it does have most of his top 10 hits but to make this perfect for the top 10 hits only crowd, the #26 hit Where Have All The Flowers Gone, should be taken out and be replaced with "Mountain of Love." The "Best of Johnny Rivers" CD available at BMG (used copies do appear on Amazon.com as well) is a better choice for the casual fans and/or fans who want a definitive single disc collection for traveling and for the diehard fans, the 2 CD "Anthology" is a much better option. Another essential hit from his Imperial years is "Summer Rain" so avoid this collection and either get the 1987 "Best of" CD or the 2 CD "Anthology."
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Not only is Mountain of Love missing, but so is Summer Rain. It's not a complete collection without these two songs.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Figler on September 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
...Allow me to warn you: these recordings have been idiotically overlain with phony crowd noise. The ultimate sacrilege: an arhythmic clap-along all the way through "Secret Agent Man"!!! (Some of the clowns are on the beat, some a beat off; most follow a different drummer.)

Handling it with tongs, at arm's length, clothes pin clamped over my nose, I immediately took it down to Everyday Music, hoping either to sell it or bury it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BD on October 29, 2009
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These are NOT the songs you know and love!!!
These redubs/remakes/rerecordings are not what you heard/hear from radio.
All are inferior. .... Just my opinion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Koikola on February 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love Johnny Rivers. When I hear his music I can't sit still. Even if you've never heard the songs before you would not be able to keep from tapping to the beat of the songs because they're so catchy. I had been meaning to buy a collection of his and one day this cd was on sale in a local music store for 5.99 so I went ahead and grabbed it. I figured it would hold me over until I get an album with more songs on it. I love to listen to this album when I want to feel upbeat. His music will do that to you with hits like "Seventh Son","Maybellene","Rocking Pneumonia", & "Memphis". I am a huge Four Tops fan and I would never think anyone could cover any of their songs with it sounding even half as good as theirs but Johnny did a beautiful version of "Baby, I Need Your Loving". He sang it in such a way that it is like a new song altogether. He also does a cover by another Motown group that turned out to be not only just as good as the original but even better. "Tracks Of My Tears" was a song originally done by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles but Johnny's version to me blows the other away. Sorry, Smokey but Johnny's got my vote on this one! His cover of Chuck Berry's famous "Maybellene" is another example of a superbly well done cover. He may have a lot of covers but he doesn't leave people listening to them and thinking about how much better the originals are. And who cannot help but like his famous "Secret Agent Man"...very very cool song! I give this cd only three stars because it lacks too many other good songs that he has. "I washed my hands in dirty water" is a very cool upbeat song that was left off which is a song that Johnny Rivers fans should have the opportunity to hear if they haven't already. "Summer Rain" is an absolutely beautiful song that was left off.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Johnny Rivers was one of the great interpreters of the Sixties. His first two hits ("Memphis" and "Maybelline") were written by Chuck Berry, and he also had hits with songs by Leadbelly ("Midnight Special"), Willie Dixon ("Seventh Son") and Smokey Robinson ("The Tracks of My Tears"). In fact, Rivers' only original hit was also his only No. 1, 1966's "Poor Side of Town."

This 10-track hits collection is not the most exhaustive (that would be Rhino's ANTHOLOGY--which is currently out of print), but it does give you ten of his fourteen hits from 1964 to 1972. [Missing are "Mountain of Love" (#9, 1964), "Under Your Spell Again (#35, 1966), "(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water" (#19, 1966) and "Summer Rain" (#14, 1967).]

This is a terrific collection of hits at a bargain price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Rosol on December 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Many years ago I saw Johnny playing in a smoke filled saloon. Drinkin' age was 21 and I was 16, but that didn't stop the gin & tonics! Over the noise and the hubbub Johnny rocked with most of these great tunes! Sure, Summer Rain isn't on this collection, but my favorite, Goin' Back to Big Sur isn't either (maybe you might spring for the anthology if you want all that Johnny. It's a winner too!). What is on it are some fast movin' rock&roll-16 beats per meter and all-and if you want to party, slip this one on the changer and enjoy the action!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I listen to the entire CD from #1-#10. If only Mountain of Love was included, I would have given it 5 stars.
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