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Summer Rain: The Essential Rivers (1964-1975)

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 612657024522
  • Catalog Number: 245
  • Sales rank: 10,819

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
Warren Barnett Mastering
Harold Kenneth Dorman Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I really like the release

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best Johnny Rivers CD ever

    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!

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