Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers (1964-1975)

Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers (1964-1975)

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by Johnny Rivers
     
 

True, this 25-track, single-disc compilation isn't as extensive as the two-CD set usually hailed as the best Johnny Rivers collection, Rhino's Anthology, 1964-1977. It's also true that it's missing a few of the Rivers singles that tickled the bottom half of the Top 100, like "Cupid" and "These Are Not My People." If you're looking for the ultimate single-disc…  See more details below

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True, this 25-track, single-disc compilation isn't as extensive as the two-CD set usually hailed as the best Johnny Rivers collection, Rhino's Anthology, 1964-1977. It's also true that it's missing a few of the Rivers singles that tickled the bottom half of the Top 100, like "Cupid" and "These Are Not My People." If you're looking for the ultimate single-disc Rivers comp, however, this 77-minute CD is probably as close as anyone's going to come. Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers has every one of his Top 50 hits from between 1964-1975, of which there were many, adding up to 18 in all. The other seven cuts include some of his most interesting LP tracks, among them three early Jimmy Webb covers (from 1967's Rewind album); an orchestrated version of Gram Parsons' "Brass Buttons"; the late-'60s recording "Going Back to Big Sur," one of Rivers' relatively infrequent original compositions; and his 1968 cover of "Positively 4th Street," famously cited by Bob Dylan (in his Chronicles Vol. 1 book) as his all-time favorite interpretation of one of his songs. And, frankly, cutting away some of the flab from the later part of this period makes this a tighter, more consistent listen than the more comprehensive Rhino set. For most people, this will be all the Rivers you want and need, complemented by detailed liner notes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657024522
catalogNumber:
245
Rank:
11877

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Rivers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
P.F. Sloan   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
James Hendricks   Composer
Lou Adler   Composer
Joe Babcock   Composer
Steve Barri   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Johnny Rivers   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes
Lawrence Reynolds   Composer
John Vincent   Composer
Harold Kenneth Dorman   Composer

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Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers (1964-1975) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This collection of Johnny Rivers' best from 64 to 75 is one of the finest albums I've heard in quite a while. Those who only know Johnny Rivers from his hits "Secret Agent Man" and "Rockin' Pneumonia." are in for a real treat as every song here is great. At times Johnny rocks with the best of them and then he gives you a song that brings you to tears. There are larger collections out there but there are none better than this one. This is a very very special CD. Whoever you Australian guys are from Raven Records, thank you for doing such an incredible job with this CD!
Childofthe70s More than 1 year ago
But, if they would redo Realization, would buy 4 and put 3 in a safe deposit box. There will never be anything that can compare with that one.