Deletions & Johnny Rivers

Originally posted November 2, 2007

I have no tales to tell today. Well, I have them, but I don’t have time to tell them, as some family business will pull me away from the keyboard very shortly.

In the meantime, I guess I should mention that I’ve noticed that four recently uploaded albums have been deleted from Zshare. I’ve gotten no notice of any complaints. Two of the four albums have never been released on CD. One is available now as part of a limited box set. And the fourth may be available, but on such a limited basis that it could just as well be out of print.

In my recent wanderings through music blogs, I’ve recently noticed a fair number of deletions being reported by bloggers. A year ago, when I began to look closely at music blogs as I contemplated starting my own, the same thing was happening, and a few of my early uploads were deleted from Rapidshare. I imagine the same thing is happening again, with evidently wider targets, instigated by someone who has too much time on his or her hands.

Anyway, my listening in the past few weeks has included Johnny Rivers’ Changes, the 1966 album that to my ears kicked off his great run of albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. From Changes through 1971’s Home Grown, Rivers tapped into the sense of the era and – using a host of top L.A. session talents – put out some remarkable work. To me, the peak was 1968’s Realization, but Rewind (1967) and Slim Slo Slider (1970) are also great listens. So, too, is The Road, from 1974, which – although separated from the others by a few lesser records – has a similar sensibility to those records from 1966 through 1971.

So here’s Johnny Rivers’ 1966 album, Changes (Imperial LP- 12334), which as far as I can tell, has been released on CD only as part of a two-fer (with Johnny Rivers in Action!), available as an import here in the U.S.

(My thanks to the original uploader, Freemusic07. Come Monday, I plan to get back to my pile to vinyl and offer some rips from my library in the next few weeks.)

Track Listing
By the Time I Get To Phoenix
A Taste Of Honey
Days Of Wine and Roses
California Dreamin’
Do You Wanna Dance?
Cast Your Fate To the Wind
Poor Side Of Town
If I Were a Carpenter
Softly As I Leave You
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Strangers In The Night
Getting Ready For Tomorrow

Johnny Rivers – Changes [1966]

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