River Deep, Mountain High is the title track of the album River Deep, Mountain High and the first single. 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.

The single was very successful in Europe, reaching #3 in the UK, but flopped in the United States. 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 February 1971 with the b-side track „Oh Baby“ and once again November 1972 on a three track extended play UK single. Last but not least, some budget labels released singles 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.

Released May 1966 from Philles Records in America, London Records in England and August 1966 from London Records in Germany on 7“ vinyl, River Deep, Mountain High reached #3 in England and #88 (Pop) in America. The single was reissued January 1969 from London Records in England and September 1969 from A&M Records in America and reached #33 in England. The song 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.

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 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

B1. A Love Like Yours (I Come Knocking Every Day) 3:05

B2. Save The Last Dance For Me 3:03

All tracks:
Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland / Produced by Phil Spector

A&M Records

MAXI-SINGLE
from
IKE & TINA TURNER
"RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH" - Rel: November 10

To co-incide with their British visit, A&M Records have
released what must be one of Ike a Tina Turner's greatest
tracks, the classic "RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH".

This amazing Phil Spector production is coupled on a
maxi-single with two other Spector-produced tracks,
"A LOVE LIKE YOURS" and "SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME".

A must for Ike a Tina Turner fans, and terrific value for
all record buyers.

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

Billboard Magazine
May 21, 1966

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"
Philles 131

Blues & Soul Magazine
December 15, 1972

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. *****

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

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