River Deep-Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
||River Deep Mountain High||Ike & Tina Turner||3:34||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Idolize You||Ike & Tina Turner||3:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)||Ike & Tina Turner||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Fool In Love||Ike & Tina Turner||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Make 'Em Wait||Ike & Tina Turner||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hold On Baby||Ike & Tina Turner||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Never Need More Than This||Ike & Tina Turner||3:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Save the Last Dance for Me||Ike & Tina Turner||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oh Baby! (Things Ain't What They Used to Be)||Ike & Tina Turner||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Every Day I Have to Cry||Ike & Tina Turner||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Such a Fool for You||Ike & Tina Turner||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Gonna Work Out Fine||Ike & Tina Turner||3:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Universal Music Group's Hip-O Select imprint, devoted to pricey, quality reissues of gems from the company's extensive archives, here hits upon the legendary, if compromised Ike & Tina Turner album River Deep — Mountain High. The title song was Phil Spector's last major effort, a Wall of Sound production from 1966 that hit in the U.K. but flopped in the U.S., leading to his retirement. There were a few other Spector tracks with the Turners (actually, only Tina appears on "River Deep — Mountain High"), and an album was scheduled on Spector's Philles Records label. Discs were printed for a 1967 release, but no covers, and the LP never appeared. Two years later, A&M Records (its catalog now controlled by Universal) finally put it out. It turned out that Spector hadn't produced a whole album's worth of material; in addition to his productions ("A Love Like Yours [Don't Come Knocking Every Day]," "I'll Never Need More Than This," "Save the Last Dance for Me," and the title song), Ike Turner had produced a batch of typical Ike & Tina material, including remakes of their early-‘60s hits "A Fool in Love," "I Idolize You," and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." Turner's simple, direct R&B production style has nothing in common with Spector's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style, so the resulting collection is full of odd juxtapositions in sound. But no matter who's in the producer's chair, the center of the music is still Tina Turner, emoting for all she's worth.
The clash of Tina's uncompromisable powerful and soulful voice and Phil Spector's easy yet electrified traditional foundation have constructed great listening. You are legally dead if you aren't moved by the title track at least.
Lovely album art too.
My favorite album of all time
Half the tracks are produced by Phil Spector, the other half by Ike Turner. It is easy to tell the difference because only Phil's have the "Wall of Sound" sound, while Ike's are more "funky" than "lush". Also Phil seemed to force Tina to "sing" while Ike lets her "shout" which seems to be her more natural form of expression. The tension this creates in the Tina/Phil tracks reminds me of a caged, not-quite-tamed wild beast. Anyway if you love the song "River Deep - Mountain High" you'll also love the other Spector-Barry-Greenwich songs "Hold on Baby" and "I'll Never Need More Than This" - undiscovered gems of pop music. I have listened to this album hundreds of times since I first bought it on vinyl in 1968 and have never tired of it.
This is a great album!
It's a fantastic album in its entirety - a nice mix of rough R&B and orchestrated pop/rock. The obvious highlight is the title track, but there are other great tunes - especially "Make 'Em Wait" and "Every Day I Have to Cry." Highly recommended!
Years Active: '60s, '70s