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Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975

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Combining every USA Top 50 hit from 1964 to 1975 Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975 is the best single disc collection of JOHNNY RIVERS on the market. The versatile Rivers moved with ease from the R&B and soul covers of his early days as the star attraction at the famed Whisky a Go Go club, through the introspective singer/songwriter days of his late '60s albums and on to the pop hits of the early '70s. From the perfectly structured hip classic Secret Agent Man, the rip-roaring cover of Chuck Berry's Memphis, e evocative ballad Poor Side Of Town, the astonishing reading of Baby I Need Your Lovin', the seductive Summer Rain to the fiery version of Huey Smith's Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu. In between the hits, Rivers delivered unique and distinctive interpretations of the finest young songwriters of the day, including Jimmy Webb (Do What You Gotta Do), Bob Dylan (Positively 4th Street) and Gram Parsons (Brass Buttons). At 24 tracks and over 77 minutes of superb quality audio, Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers is the perfect snapshot of a remarkable career.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Memphis
  2. Maybelline
  3. Mountain Of Love
  4. Midnight Special
  5. Seventh Son
  6. (I Washed My Hands) Muddy Water
  7. Secret Agent Man
  8. Under Your Spell Again
  9. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
  10. Poor Side Of Town
  11. Baby I Need You Lovin'
  12. Tracks Of My Tears
  13. Carpet Man
  14. Tunesmith
  15. Do What You Gotta Do
  16. Summer Rain
  17. Look To Your Soul
  18. Going Back To Big Sur
  19. Positively 4th Street
  20. Brass Buttons
  21. Jesus Is A Soul Man
  22. Muddy River
  23. Rockin' Pneumonia Boogie Woogie Flu
  24. Blue Suede Shoes
  25. Help Me Rhonda


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B000IFSFXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Bynum on December 13, 2011
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Johnny Rivers / Summer Rain / The Essential Rivers 1964 - 1975: Twenty-five great songs on a single CD in wonderful fidelity. There are lots of familiar tunes here that you have probably forgotten that Johnny Rivers had done. Not only his great covers of old rock hits but his own hits including "Secret Agent Man", "Rockin' Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu", "Poor side of town" and "Summer Rain". Not only is this the best single disc geatest hits release of Johnny Rivers' work but it beats the pants off the double disc `Anthology'. This CD earns five stars.
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Some months ago I had the craving to hear the old song, "Secret Agent Man" and started looking for one of Johnny Rivers' CDs. This is just a great collection. It had the song I'd been craving along with the hits I remember and some I had not heard. 25 great songs.
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Excellent CD,not one bad song on it.Great flashback to the 60's & 70's scene.Highly recommend for any age group.
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For more than a decade Johnny Rivers was a consistent hit maker and record producer. His music was a staple of Top 40 radio. Yet many people feel that the man has never received his due. In 2006 Australia's Raven Records released what many feel is the best single disc compilation ever of this talented and very versatile artist. "Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975" includes all the big hits you would remember from the radio and a whole lot more. Enjoy once again all of the big hits like "Seventh Son" and "Mountain of Love" from his early years to the biggest and best from his heydey including the 1966 #1 hit "Poor Side of Town", " Secret Agent Man" and of one of my personal favorites "Summer Rain". But there are a number of other gems included in this collection that you may not be familiar with. In the summer of '69 Johnny released "Muddy River". The song peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 but I think it just might be the best record he ever made. Check it out! Also included on this disc is his very fine rendition of the Pete Seeger folk classic "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" from the golden year 1965. Johnny puts his rock & roll shoes back on for his raucous recording of Huey Piano Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia--Boogie Woogie Flu" which was a Top Ten hit in 1972. Now just in case you are wondering these are all the original Imperial and United Artists recordings you would remember from the radio. No cheesy re-recordings here. The remastering job is first rate and for the most part I am good with the 25 tunes selected for this fine anthology. My only regret is that Johnny's final Top Ten hit "Swayin' To The Music (Slow Dancin')" from 1977 was for some inexplicable reason not included here.

Johnny Rivers has proven to be a venerable performer.
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Good anthology of his most popular years!
I prefer his own hits compared to some of the chuck Berry selections.....!
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I call this my happy music. My go-to music when I need to be uplifted, get lots done, just feel good. Cannot go wrong listening to Johnny Rivers.
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This is an excellent CD, and a great overview of Rivers' career. He was at his peak from the mid-late 60's, with a renewal in the early 70's. To be honest, I don't agree with those who say he had a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, but he comes close. Certainly, when compared to some in the HOF, he does belong there. The only clunker here (and it was a hit, which always makes me shudder) is "Jesus Was A Soul Man (And I'm Sure Sold On Him)". I'd thankfully forgotten this turkey, and I don't think I realized that Rivers is the artist who made it. Lord, what a bomb! But, this album is wonderful.
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Forgot how good these songs sound! Great cd...highly recommend for any fan or someone who wants to know what the roots of today music is.
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