Last Boogie in Paris [Expanded Edition]

Last Boogie in Paris [Expanded Edition]

by Johnny Rivers & His L.A. Boogie Band
     
 

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 fiveSee more details below

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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 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.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663105384
catalogNumber:
631053
Rank:
37229

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Tracks

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

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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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