Last Boogie in Paris [Expanded Edition]

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Johnny Rivers was no stranger to live albums by the time he released this 1973 show taped at the close of a European tour. His first four albums were all recorded live at the Los Angeles club the Whisky A Go-Go in the mid-'60s, and from those albums five singles went into the national Top Ten. After 1967, Rivers' recording career basically dried up for five years, until he returned to the Top Ten with a cover of Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns' "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu." He was probably hoping that another live album would rekindle some of that earlier magic on the LP chart, but it wasn't to be: Last Boogie in Paris failed to land in the Top 100. It's not that it was a bad album, not by any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Johnny Rivers was no stranger to live albums by the time he released this 1973 show taped at the close of a European tour. His first four albums were all recorded live at the Los Angeles club the Whisky A Go-Go in the mid-'60s, and from those albums five singles went into the national Top Ten. After 1967, Rivers' recording career basically dried up for five years, until he returned to the Top Ten with a cover of Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns' "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu." He was probably hoping that another live album would rekindle some of that earlier magic on the LP chart, but it wasn't to be: Last Boogie in Paris failed to land in the Top 100. It's not that it was a bad album, not by any means: Rivers still had a gift for making just about any song he covered his own, and for this tour he backed himself with some of the finest musicians the West Coast had to offer, dubbing them the L.A. Boogie Band for the occasion. Although he had scored hits with some of his own compositions by this time, Rivers' stock-in-trade was still the cover version, and he mixed his influences well here, applying his voice to material by Curtis Mayfield ("It's Alright"), Holland-Dozier-Holland (the Four Tops' "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'," a 1967 number three hit for Rivers), Little Richard ("Long Tall Sally"), Lennon-McCartney (a spirited "I've Just Seen a Face"), Van Morrison ("Brown Eyed Girl") and others. "Summer Rain," one of Rivers' finest ballads, is a highlight of the set, and he reprises Chuck Berry's "Memphis," which had provided him with his first hit in 1964. Although the show is sung and played in an engaging, professional manner -- Rivers' guitar playing rocks; he was always underrated in that department -- the album, possibly because he used studio pros on the road, never quite captures the manic party atmosphere that characterized those earlier Whisky recordings. And the album-ending "John Lee Hooker '74," a Rivers-penned tribute to the bluesman, seems endless and draggy. This Shout! Factory reissue is an expanded edition that adds ten songs to the original album's eight, presenting for the first time the complete concert. As a historical document it's a valuable upgrade, but as a sampling of Rivers at his live best, it's nowhere near those first few Whisky records. [Originally released in 1974, Last Boogie in Paris was re-released in an 'expanded edition' CD in 2005.]~ Jeff Tamarkin
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663105384
  • Catalog Number: 631053
  • Sales rank: 45,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sea Cruise - Johnny Rivers (3:18)
  2. 2 Over the Line - Johnny Rivers (4:02)
  3. 3 Barefootin' - Johnny Rivers (3:33)
  4. 4 Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers (3:51)
  5. 5 Long Tall Sally - Johnny Rivers (3:23)
  6. 6 It's Alright - Johnny Rivers (3:11)
  7. 7 Brown Eyed Girl - Johnny Rivers (3:59)
  8. 8 Knock on Wood - Johnny Rivers (3:08)
  9. 9 Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu - Johnny Rivers (3:20)
  10. 10 I've Just Seen a Face - Johnny Rivers (2:33)
  11. 11 Stories to a Child - Johnny Rivers (3:26)
  12. 12 Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Rivers (4:28)
  13. 13 Memphis - Johnny Rivers (3:14)
  14. 14 Blue Suede Shoes - Johnny Rivers (2:47)
  15. 15 Baby, I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers (2:52)
  16. 16 Walkin' Blues - Johnny Rivers (5:14)
  17. 17 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Johnny Rivers (4:16)
  18. 18 John Lee Hooker '74 - Johnny Rivers (10:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Rivers & His L.A. Boogie Band Primary Artist
Johnny Rivers Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Jack Conrad Bass, Bass Guitar
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jim Horn Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Melvoin Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Herb Pedersen Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim W. Gordon Drums
Michael Melvoin Organ, Piano
Mickey Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
John Lennon Composer
Patti Dahlstrom Composer
Jim Gordon Contributor
Jack Conrad Contributor
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Dean Parks Contributor
Johnny Rivers Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Mark Chalecki Remastering
Mike Salisbury Cover Photo
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer, Audio Production
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