Johnny Rivers L.A. Reggae / Blue Suede Shoes

L.A. Reggae / Blue Suede Shoes
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On


  • 1.Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu
  • 2.Knock on Wood
  • 3.Brown Eyed Girl
  • 4.Memphis '72
  • 5.On the Borderline
  • 6.Come Home America
  • 7.Stories to a Child
  • 8.Mother and Child Reunion
  • 9.Crazy Mama
  • 10.New York City Dues
  • 11.Life Is a Game
  • 12.Use the Power

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Personnel: Johnny Rivers (vocals, background vocals); Johnny Rivers (guitar); Dean Parks (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Larry Carlton (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jim Horn (saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jackie Kelso (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Chuck Finley (trumpet); Jimmy Webb (piano, organ); Larry Knechtel (piano); Joe Osborn (bass guitar); Bobbye Hall (congas, bongos); Gary Coleman (congas, percussion); Herb Pedersen, James Hendricks, Michael Georgiades (background vocals); Michael Omartian (piano, organ, background vocals); Jerry Allison , Jim Gordon (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joe Sidore.
Audio Remasterer: Andrew Thompson .
Liner Note Authors: Gene Sculatti; John Tobler.
Recording information: Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Fran Noden; Al Vandenberg.
BGO's issuing of Johnny Rivers' two forgotten recordings, L.A. Reggae and Blue Suede Shoes offer listeners an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with one of rock & roll's most seminal performers and singers. It also concludes their fine series of two-fer reissues of his work. L.A. Reggae, released in 1972, scored Rivers a hit in his version of Huey "Piano" Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu." And it also contained fine versions of tracks like Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion," and J.J. Cale's "Crazy Mama." There are also some excellent originals on the set such as "On the Borderline," "Stories to a Child," and "Use the Power." Blue Suede Shoes is a rock & roll revival album that's spins out rock & roll nuggets without a hint of nostalgia. In fact, Rivers is so passionate in his delivery, and so skilled at working with the crack studio musicians he employs on both of these records, nothing seems overblown, overproduced or sterile. There is real fire in both of these albums and those coming to Rivers for the first time should really check them out. ~ Thom Jurek

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  • Sales Rank: 110,941
  • UPC: 5017261206763
  • Shipping Weight: 0.31/lbs (approx)
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