Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, September 12, 2006
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Produced by the legendary Johnny Rivers himself, the 36-song, two-CD set Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006 is the most comprehensive collection of his music ever released. The anthology features 19 of his chart hits, including 15 hard-to-find tracks released on his own label. This set also features two brand-new recordings.
Johnny Rivers vaulted to worldwide fame during the height of Beatlemania, when he released a series of albums recorded at the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go, all featuring hard-charging versions of rock ÂnÂ roll standards. In the late Â60s, he changed direction with the self-penned #1 hit, Â"Poor Side Of Town,Â" a soulful ballad that he soon followed up with another hit in a similar vein, Â"Summer Rain.Â" In the Â70s he returned to his rockinÂ roots and over the next 30 years released album after album of vibrant rock ÂnÂ roll. Secret Agent Man is the definitive collection from this legendary artist.
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For 13 years (from '64 to '77), Rivers had many hits. Generally he'd take an old blues, r&b, or country song and rock it up. The first 8 tracks on this compilation are representative of his early style. They all contain twangy guitar, rapid handclaps, a steady backbeat, and a crowd whooping their approval. These singles were taken from a series of albums he recorded "live" at the Whisky, and worked on further in the studio. Exciting stuff - and a lot of fun. The second phase of his career featured subtle strings, horns, and female backing vocalists. He'd later drop that in favor of stripped down rock 'n' roll.
I knew I'd like Disc One, but wasn't sure if I'd like Disc Two. I needn't have worried. It's all terrific. After taking off for the 80's, Rivers reappeared in '91 and has recorded ever since. Fifteen of the 18 tracks on Disc Two are from this later period. His voice is still emotive and soulful, and the stripped down sound suits him. As always, he makes good song choices and remains a master interpreter.
This anthology is a winner.
You forget just how many hit records Johnny Rivers had until you have them all on a cd like this. His music is very much in the feel good mode and this disc has seldom been out of my player since it arrived. If you are a Johnny Rivers fan or simply like good music this cd is highly recommended.
and I was looking to update my collection of Johnny Rivers.
This just hit the spot. The Ultimate "Secret Agent Man" is nice Clean and Clear Copies of his older song plus adds his newer songs in 1964-2006
There are songs on both collections that are not on the other one, so I will be keeping both and adding them to "Back At The Whisky" I got Johnny Rivers now covered.