Johnny Rivers Last Train to Memphis
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- Released: October 31, 2006
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.Down At The House Of The Blues
- 2.Chicago Bound
- 3.Closer To You
- 4.Joker In The Wind
- 5.Uphill Peace Of Mind
- 6.Last Train To Memphis
- 7.Don't Let The Rain Come Down
- 8.Treat A Dog
- 9.Rollin' Stone
- 10.Can't Help Myself
- 11.Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
- 12.Gypsy Wind
- 13.Blue Suede Shoes
Personnel includes: Johnny Rivers (vocals, guitar); Herb Pedersen (guitar, dobro, background vocals); Mike Thompson (guitar, Hammond B-3 organ); Kal David (guitar, background vocals); Waddy Wachtel, Dean Parks, Doug Hamblin (guitar); Lester Butler (harmonica); Joe Sublett (saxophone); Darrell Leonard (trumpet); John Herron (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Rick Jackson (Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ); Harlan Rogers (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Rick Rosas, Hutch Hutchinson, Marc Goldberg, Rick Chudacoff, Bob Glaub, Lee Sklar (bass); Scott Craigo, Tony Braunagel, Gary Mallaber, Peter Bunetta, Keith Edwards (drums); Arno Lucas (percussion); Lauri Bono, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Oren Waters (background vocals).
The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
Engineers include: Richard Bosworth, Alan Sides, Joe Schiff.
Principally recorded at Smartso Digital, Studio City, California, Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, California, Studio Masters, Los Angeles, California, Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee and Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, California between 1991 and 1998. Includes liner notes by Cindy Hazen.
Johnny Rivers' first album of new material in nearly two decades, 1998's LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS is a fine collection of Rivers originals and the usual batch of oldies reinterpreted in that inimitable Rivers way. Rivers first made his name with his residency at the Whiskey A-Go-Go on Sunset Strip, and it's probably not a coincidence that this album's leadoff track is called "Down at the House of Blues," after the 1990s mass-market pretender to the Whiskey's long-vacated throne.
Another Rivers original, the weepy "Don't Let the Rain Come Down" is a fine new track. A cover of the Casinos' "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," and a tribute to Carl Perkins built on a "Blue Suede Shoes" that interpolates bits of other Perkins classics, are as good as any of Rivers' '60s covers. One of the best interpretive singers of his age, Johnny Rivers knows how to work a song.
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