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This Could Be The One - The Early Sides 1958-1962 [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] [Import]

Johnny RiversAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Baby Come Back
5. That's Rock And Roll
6. One Man Woman
7. Hole In The Ground
8. You're The One
9. Your First And Last Love
10. White Cliff's Of Dover
11. Everyday
12. Darling Talk To Me
13. The Customary Thing
14. Answer Me My Love
15. It's So Doggone Lonesome
16. Knock Three Times
17. Blues Skies
18. That Someone Should Be Me
19. Too Good To Last (Johnny Ramistella)
20. To Be Loved (Johnny Ramistella)
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Editorial Reviews

Although it wasn't until 1964 when Johnny Rivers finally became a star with his hit "Memphis" he had a career going back to 1958. Here we have the earliest recordings of the 60s superstar getting their most comprehensive reissue yet! He recorded Rockabilly and beat ballads and examples of all of his early attempts at a hit are featured on this full length CD. Anyone entranced with the roots of 60s Pop can't help but be hooked on this collection. Fully detailed liner notes with biography and career achievements.

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From 1964 to 1968, going up against the British Invasion, no solo male act had more top ten records in the U.S. than Johnny Rivers, who had seven, including the number one hit "Poor Side of Town" in 1966. This collection covers his teenage years (1958-62), first under his given name, Johnny Ramistella, on his solo debut 45 (recorded in his home town of Baton Rouge), and then using the surname he became famous with, suggested to him by legendary DJ Alan Freed. None of these records charted nationally, a situation which Rivers sang about on his humorous self-penned record "This Could Be the One." Alas, it also went nowhere. Not that there aren't a number of hitworthy tracks here. "The Customary Thing" (not the same as the John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band song, although Cafferty is erroneously listed here as the writer), from 1960, has him in full-out soul-rockin' mode--an absolute gem that should have been his breakthrough hit on the Cub label, the R&B subsidiary of MGM Records. It is punctuated with stinging electric blues guitar fills and features dynamic backing vocals.

Clearly, Rivers was being encouraged to sound like other artists who were having contemporaneous hits. This was a strategy that didn't do him any favors. His 1958 release on the Gone label has him sounding like a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis, while tossing in a bunch of hiccuping yelps. Yet, going unisssued by Gone was the outstanding self-written blues-rocker "One Man Woman," on which he uses his fully formed, natural and unmistakably soulful Johnny Rivers Louisiana swamp-drawl voice the nation would come to know so well starting in 1964.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great artists' early career September 23, 2013
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This CD is absolutely entertaining from beginning to the end. It contains his first recordings as a teenager until his hit making career begins. Some great rockers Most songs are uptempo. You can definitely tell this man will be a star. I suggest this CD to any Johnny Rivers fan or any early rock n roll fan. Rock On Johnny. Keep the music alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Johnny March 12, 2014
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This is most of the very early Johnny Rivers records on one disc. They are worth hearing and paved the way to his greater success. Finding them on 45's will take a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one! April 27, 2013
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Johnny Rivers is probably best known for his 60's hits like Secret Agent Man, Poor Side of Town, and Seventh Son. This newly-released CD reveals him as a terrific 50's rock and roller in a class with the likes of Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry.

I could go through the tracks included in the album, but you really need to hear this for yourself!

Strongly recommended for Rivers fans and everyone who enjoys 50's rock and roll!
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