Album

River Deep, Mountain High (1966)

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

River Deep, Mountain High is the legendary album from Ike & Tina with six tracks produced by Phil Spector including the title track, which was the first of five singles and a massive hit in Europe. Ike Turner produced the remaining tracks which are essentially superior re-recordings of some of Ike & Tina's earlier hits. The album was first released in Europe and Australia in mono and stereo configurations and was supposed to be released in the U.S. as Philles PHLP 4011, but was cancelled after the single did not so well in America. The stereo masters were sold to A&M Records, but the original monaural LP mix and master by Phil Spector is unique to the 1966 LPs. The 1969 A&M version and first American release of the album substitutes „You’re So Fine“ with Spector’s 1967 production of I’ll Never Need More Than This. Also the picture on the back cover is different and the liner notes were slightly updated. The album was reissued on compact disc from A&M Records and in 2018 from Liberty.

George Harrison: „River Deep, Mountain High is a perfect record from start to finish — you couldn’t improve on it“

Producer: Phil Spector, Ike Turner
Recorded: Gold Star and United Studios, Los Angeles (March 1966) 
Photographer: Dennis Hopper
Release: 1966 / August 1969 / Various (reissue)
Label: London (1966) / A&M (1969) / A&M, Liberty (CD)
Format: Vinyl / Cartridge / CD
Charts: UK: #27 / USA: #28 (r&b)

Release 1966
Side A
  1. River Deep, Mountain High 3:38
  2. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Single release in 1966
  3. I Idolize You 3:46
  4. Written by Ike Turner
  5. A Love Like Yours (I Come Knocking Every Day) 3:05
  6. Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland / Single release in 1966
  7. A Fool In Love 3:13
  8. Written by Ike Turner
  9. Make 'Em Wait 2:22
  10. Written by Ike Turner
Side B
  1. Save The Last Dance For Me 3:02
  2. Written by Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
  3. Oh Baby! (Things Ain’t What They Used To Be) 2:46
  4. Written by Kent Harris / Single release in 1966
  5. Every Day I Have To Cry 2:40
  6. Written by Arthur Alexander
  7. Such A Fool For You 2:48
  8. Written by Ike Turner
  9. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 3:14
  10. Written by Sylvia McMinney, Rose Marie McCoy
  11. You’re So Fine 2:20
  12. Written by Finney, West, Shofield
Gold Star Studios

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Billboard Review

May 14, 1966

Philles Records recently added the dynamic duo, lke and Tina Turner, to their roster. The couple's first release, entitled River Deep-Mountain High, was produced by Philles prexy, Phil Spector. ln addition, the Philles label acquired the Ikettes, whose release will be forthcoming soon.

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Release 1969
Side A
  1. River Deep, Mountain High 3:38
  2. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Single release in 1969
  3. I Idolize You 3:46
  4. Written by Ike Turner
  5. A Love Like Yours (I Come Knocking Every Day) 3:05
  6. Written by Holland, Dozier, Holland
  7. A Fool In Love 3:13
  8. Written by Ike Turner
  9. Make 'Em Wait 2:22
  10. Written by Ike Turner / Single release in 1970
Side B
  1. I’ll Never Need More Than This 3:30
  2. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Single release in 1967
  3. Save The Last Dance For Me 3:02
  4. Written by Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
  5. Oh Baby! (Things Ain’t What They Used To Be) 2:46
  6. Written by Kent Harris
  7. Every Day I Have To Cry 2:40
  8. Written by Arthur Alexander
  9. Such A Fool For You 2:48
  10. Written by Ike Turner
  11. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 3:14
  12. Written by Sylvia McMinney, Rose Marie McCoy
Billboard Review

September 13, 1969

River Deep-Mountain High is one of Phil Spector's best compositions, and Ike & Tina Turner sing the original 1966 version, since revived by Eric Burdon, Deep Purple and others. A hit album in England, A&M and Phil Spector add this 'historic recording' to the Ike & Tina Turner sweepstakes. With the hits „A Fool in Love,“ „I Idolize You“ and „It's Gonna Work Out Fine,“ this one looks like a big winner.

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