Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single

River Deep - Mountain High is the title track of the album River Deep - Mountain High and was released as the first single in 1966. Although the record was credited to Ike & Tina Turner, it was written and produced by Phil Spector and Ike was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio. The song was recorded using Spector's "Wall of Sound" production technique with 42 session musicians and background vocalists. „River Deep – Mountain High“ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Rolling Stones Magazine put the song at #33 on it’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The single was very successful in Europe, reaching #3 in the UK, but flopped in the United States, where it reached only #88 on the Billboard pop charts. Spector was so disillusioned about it, that he totally stopped working for two years and released the River Deep - Mountain High album not before 1969 in America. The b-side track „I’ll Keep You Happy“ was written by Phil Spector as well and is only available on this single.

The single was reissued variously. For the first time in 1969 with „Save The Last Dance For Me“ on the b-side, after Eric Burdon covered the song one year ealier. Then in 1971 with the b-side track „Oh Baby“ and once again in 1972 on a three track extended play UK single. Last but not least, some budget labels released „River Deep - Mountain High“ with A Love Like Yours on the b-side. Beside all of the reissues, a very strange version with lead vocals from Ike Turner was released as a promo in 1971 and a new version from the album Nutbush City Limits was released as a single in 1974. For Tina’s 1991 greatest hits album Simply The Best, Phil Spector remastered the original version of „River Deep - Mountain High“ at Tina’s request. Live versions are available amongst others on the album The World of Ike & Tina Turner and Live In Europe.

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single

IKE AND TINA TURNER - RIVER DEEP-MOUNTAIN HIGH (Prod. by Phil Spector) (Trio, BMI) — Exciting dance beat production backs a wailin' Tina vocal on a solid rock tune penned by Barry and Greenwich. Flip: “l'll Keep You Happy" (Mother Bertha, BMI). Philles 131

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
single 1966
A. RIVER DEEP - MOUNTAIN HIGH 3:39

Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced by Phil Spector

B. I’LL KEEP YOU HAPPY 2:00

Written by Phil Spector / Produced by Phil Spector

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
single 1969
A. RIVER DEEP - MOUNTAIN HIGH 3:39

Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced by Phil Spector

B. SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME 3:03

Written by Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman / Produced by Phil Spector

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
single 1971
A. RIVER DEEP - MOUNTAIN HIGH 3:39

Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced by Phil Spector

B. OH BABY! (Things Ain’t What They Used To Be) 2:46

Written by Kent Harris / Produced by Ike Turner

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High - Single
maxi 1972
A1. RIVER DEEP - MOUNTAIN HIGH 3:39

Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland / Produced by Phil Spector

B1. A LOVE LIKE YOURS (I Come Knocking Every Day) 3:05

Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland / Produced by Phil Spector

B2. SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME 3:03

Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland / Produced by Phil Spector

Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High

Three true classics of the mid-60’s that typify that great booming Phil Spector sound. To me, Ike and Tina have never been as good in their whole career as when they were with Spector. In all honesty. Tina’s performance on „River Deep“ must rank as one of the all-time great Soul performances. Personally, I always loved her soulful rendering of the underrated Holland-Dozier-Holland ballad, „A Love Like Yours“ and their version of „Save The Last Dance For Me“ is almost as good as the Drifters’ original. Three outstanding examples of Ike & Tina and Spector that deserve to sell and sell and sell. *****

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