As we begin this feature we start with the 1966/1969 release of Ike and Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High and we feature the 1969 US Release of the Album.
River Deep – Mountain High is a studio album by R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner. It was originally released by London Records in the UK in 1966, and later A&M Records in the US in 1969. In 2017, Pitchfork ranked it at No. 40 on their list of the 200 Best Albums of the 1960s.
River Deep – Mountain High was intended to be released on Phil Spector’s Philles label as LP-4011 in the US, but it was shelved when the single “River Deep – Mountain High” did not do well on the charts. Only a few copies of LP-4011 were pressed, the covers never printed, before it was canceled by Philles. However, the single was successful in England. By popular demand, Spector released the album in the UK with liner notes written by Decca’s promotion man Tony Hall. Hall included a quote from Spector stating, “We can only assume that England is more appreciative of talent and exciting music than the U.S.” Actor Dennis Hopper shot the cover of the album. The album peaked at No. 27 in the UK.
The album was eventually released in the United States when it was reissued by A&M Records in 1969. The reissue has a slightly different track listing. It substitutes “You’re So Fine” with “I’ll Never Need More Than This,” which was released as a non-album track in 1967. Upon its release in the US, the album reached No. 102 on the Billboard 200 and No. 28 on the R&B Albums chart.
1. “River Deep – Mountain High” 3:38
2. “I Idolize You” 3:46
3. “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Everyday)” 3:05
4. “A Fool in Love” 3:13
5. “Make ‘Em Wait” 2:22
6. “Hold On Baby” 2:59
7. “I’ll Never Need More Than This” 3:33
8. “Save the Last Dance for Me” 3:02
9. “Oh Baby!” 2:46
10. “Every Day I Have to Cry” 2:40
11. “Such a Fool for You” 2:48
12. “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” 3:14
Tina Turner – vocals
Barney Kessel, Don Peake, John Ewing, Robert Gerstlauer – guitar
Jimmy Bond – string bass
Carol Kaye, Ray Pohlman, Lyle Ritz – Fender bass
Harold Battiste, Larry Knechtel, Ike Turner, Michael Rubini – piano
Jim Gordon, Earl Palmer – drums
Frank Capp, Gene Estes – percussion
Roy Caton, Oliver Mitchell – trumpet
John Ewing, Lew McCreary – trombone
Plas Johnson, Jim Horn, Jim Migliori – tenor sax
Robert Gerstlauer, Jim Horn – baritone sax
The Ikettes, Ike Turner – backing vocals
Phil Spector – producer, tracks 1,3,6,7,8, and 10 (reissue version)
Ike Turner – producer, tracks 2,4,5,9,11, and 12 (reissue version)
Jack Nitzsche, Gene Page, Perry Botkin Jr. – arrangers
Larry Levine – engineer
Dennis Hopper – photography