Johnny Rivers Anthology, 1964-1977 [2-CD Set]
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Well they are all his and they are all on this great sounding anthology. Also included are the many covers Rivers has recorded over the years, including Sea Cruise, Do You Want to Dance?, and Sam Cooke's classic, Cupid. And his greatest cover of all, Chuck Berry's, Memphis. And for those musicians out there, Rivers' steel guitar remains his signature on every cut. Pop, rock, blues or country music fan, you'll enjoy this CD; it really does justice to a artist most people can't quite place until they hear the songs and then they become amazed that all those fondly remembered records actually came from the same unassuming guy.
While the hits are all here--and they're all great--some of the real gems in this collection are the ones you may never have heard: "It's Too Late," "These Are Not My People," "City Ways" and "Muddy River" are particular favorites of mine. Overall, an underappreciated artist and an American original. Essential listening.
What is included [ten pages] is interesting, but whereas it says "continued in booklet for disc # 2" we unfortunately get those same disc 1 notes repeated. So, not only do I not know who wrote them, I have no idea if they ever intended to include a discography. I also can't say if this was a general problem or confined only to my set.
As for the contents, of the 29 selections he put onto the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1978 [21 for the Imperial label, four for United Artists, one for Soul City/Epic, one for Soul City, and two for Big Tree] they include all but these five: Right Relations [# 61 for Imperial in December 1968]; One Woman [# 89 for Imperial in November 1969]; Think His Name [# 65 in September 1971 with The Guru Ram Das Ashram Singers for United Artists]; Ashes And Sand [# 96 in February 1977 for Soul City], and his last hit, Curious Mind (Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um) which reached # 4 Adult Contemporary (AC)/# 41 Billboard Pop Hot 100 early in 1978 for Big Tree and with Ashes And Sand as the B-side [different version?].
Instead they give us two B-sides [Going Back To Big Sur, the flip of These Are Not My People, and Outside Help, the flip of Ashes And Sand], as well as a number of selections [tracks 7, 13, 14, 17 to 19 on disc 1, and tracks 3, 5, 7 and 8 on disc 2] which were either failed singles or taken from some of his albums. Unfortunately, without a discography we have no way of knowing.
All in all, this appears to be one of Rhino's weaker efforts and one can only hope that its current unavailability is due to its being revised to correct the errors and omissions.
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Love Johnny Rivers!!! Recently saw him in concert---He still has it. Was a fabulous show and would do it again now! Read morePublished 12 months ago by jackie beam
On time great condition a tad bid over priced but I'm happy ! :-)Published 15 months ago by Dolores
All the hits from Johnny. Good CD. Good addition to my CD library.Published 16 months ago by Juan Jose Gonzales
I read the ad and it said that there was two cd but I only got onePublished 16 months ago by James Chittock
Hopefully when Rhino has finished its' revisions and made its' corrections while doing the research, they will put together the ultimate Johnny Rivers anthology / greatest hits... Read morePublished 22 months ago by brian
this is a great album from one of my all time favorites. great songs and voice. recommend.Published on July 3, 2014 by Suzan Grace Ingui
That's right, otherwise known as Johnny Rivers. I was listening to Mark Thompson's "Cool Stories In Music" as he told about Johnny's career and played his music. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by Mike B.