- Audio CD (March 26 1991)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B0000032OC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
Anthology 1964-77 Import
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In his '60s heyday, there was never any doubt that Johnny Rivers (nee Ramistella) was an energetic performer with a good ear for hit material. In retrospect, though, Rivers's numerous AM radio hits boasted an emotional honesty that belied his commercial image. That point is made repeatedly on this 2 CD, 36-song set, which contains all of his hits and demonstrates the singer-guitarist's ease with a variety of styles, from spare '50s-style rock & roll("Memphis," "Mountain of Love"), bluesy party rock ("Secret Agent Man," "The Seventh Son"), bittersweet balladry ("Poor Side of Town," "The Tracks of My Tears"), gentle folk-rock ("Summer Rain," "Into the Mystic"), and smooth middle-of-the-road pop ("Swayin' to the Music"). --Scott Schinder
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First of all, rather than the separate booklet which usually accompaniues such box sets, Rhino chose to insert liner notes with each disc. The only problem is, they put the SAME liner notes in both discs.
What is included [ten pages] is interesting, but whereas it says "continued in booklet for disc # 2" we unfortunately get those same disc 1 notes repeated. So, not only do I not know who wrote them, I have no idea if they ever intended to include a discography. I also can't say if this was a general problem or confined only to my set.
As for the contents, of the 29 selections he put onto the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1978 [21 for the Imperial label, four for United Artists, one for Soul City/Epic, one for Soul City, and two for Big Tree] they include all but these five: Right Relations [# 61 for Imperial in December 1968]; One Woman [# 89 for Imperial in November 1969]; Think His Name [# 65 in September 1971 with The Guru Ram Das Ashram Singers for United Artists]; Ashes And Sand [# 96 in February 1977 for Soul City], and his last hit, Curious Mind (Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um) which reached # 41 early in 1978 for Big Tree and with Ashes And Sand as the B-side [different version?].
Instead they give us two B-sides [Going Back To Big Sur, the flip of These Are Not My People, and Outside Help, the flip of Ashes And Sand], as well as a number of selections [tracks 7, 13, 14, 17 to 19 on disc 1, and tracks 3, 5, 7 and 8 on disc 2] which were either failed singles or taken from some of his alnums. Unfortunately, without a discography we have no way of knowing.
All in all, this appears to be one of Rhino's weaker efforts and one can only hope that its current unavailability is due to its being revised to correct the errors and omissions.
For the country sound, there's Memphis and Maybelline. For Blue-eyed Soul, try Tracks of My Tears or Baby I Need Your Lovin'. And, if those four don't get your attention, try these on for size: Midnight Special, Seventh Son, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Muddy Water, Poor Side of Town, and on and on and on!
This incredible collection includes thirty-six of Johnny's best cuts, from the Presley-esque Blue Suede Shoes to the James Taylor-like Summer Rain. But, don't take all of these references to mean that Johnny Rivers was a copy cat or that he was dependent on other people's material. Nothing could be farther from the truth. No matter if he was working with his own tunes or doing one of his superb covers of others, the final sound is clean, sincere and uniquely his.
Johnny Rivers remains one of the true giants of the pop/rock era. This compilation is wonderfully representative of that stature. It belongs in the personal collection of any fan of mainstream pop/rock.
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