Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High (1966/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High (1966/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:02 minutes | 842 MB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

“River Deep – Mountain High” is a single by Ike & Tina Turner released on Philles Records in 1966. It was considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work. Rolling Stone ranked “River Deep – Mountain High” No. 33 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. NME ranked it No. 37 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added it to the list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

The single did not perform well upon its original release in the US, but it was successful in Europe. Spector claimed to be pleased with the response from the critics and his peers, but he then withdrew from the music industry for two years, beginning his personal decline. After a revival of the song from covers by Eric Burdon and the Animals and Deep Purple in 1968, the original version was reissued by A&M Records in 1969.

The Universal Music Group’s Hip-O Select imprint, devoted to pricey, quality reissues of gems from the company’s extensive archives, here hits upon the legendary, if compromised Ike & Tina Turner album River Deep — Mountain High. The title song was Phil Spector’s last major effort, a Wall of Sound production from 1966 that hit in the U.K. but flopped in the U.S., leading to his retirement. There were a few other Spector tracks with the Turners (actually, only Tina appears on “River Deep — Mountain High”), and an album was scheduled on Spector’s Philles Records label. Discs were printed for a 1967 release, but no covers, and the LP never appeared. Two years later, A&M Records (its catalog now controlled by Universal) finally put it out. It turned out that Spector hadn’t produced a whole album’s worth of material; in addition to his productions (“A Love Like Yours [Don’t Come Knocking Every Day],” “I’ll Never Need More Than This,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and the title song), Ike Turner had produced a batch of typical Ike & Tina material, including remakes of their early-‘60s hits “A Fool in Love,” “I Idolize You,” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” Turner’s simple, direct R&B production style has nothing in common with Spector’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style, so the resulting collection is full of odd juxtapositions in sound. But no matter who’s in the producer’s chair, the center of the music is still Tina Turner, emoting for all she’s worth. – William Ruhlmann


1. Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep – Mountain High
2. Ike & Tina Turner – I Idolize You
3. Ike & Tina Turner – A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Every Day)
4. Ike & Tina Turner – A Fool In Love
5. Ike & Tina Turner – Make ‘Em Wait
6. Ike & Tina Turner – Hold On Baby
7. Ike & Tina Turner – I’ll Never Need More Than This
8. Ike & Tina Turner – Save The Last Dance For Me
9. Ike & Tina Turner – Oh Baby! (Things Ain’t What They Used To Be)
10. Ike & Tina Turner – Every Day I Have To Cry
11. Ike & Tina Turner – Such A Fool For You
12. Ike & Tina Turner – It’s Gonna Work Out Fine