Johnny Rivers – Tribute to the Great Souls Japan red vinyl white label promo LP with obi


A rare red vinyl white label promo copy of Tribute to the Great Souls by Johnny Rivers, released only in Japan.

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Offered for sale is a red vinyl white label promotional copy of the Japan-only compilation LP Tribute to the Great Souls by Johnny Rivers, complete with obi.

About this copy: This copy of Tribute to the Great Souls is original Japanese pressing from 1970.  This particular copy is a white label promotional copy, pressed on beautiful red “Everclean” vinyl.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the corners.  The original obi is fully intact and includes the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag.  This album has a photo/lyric booklet attached to the gatefold cover rather than the traditional lyric insert.

The red vinyl disc is M- and aside from a single spindle mark, looks to be essentially unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare (and terrific) album by an iconic 1960s artist and the only copy of this album that we have ever seen.

Background: While Johnny Rivers sold a lot of records in the United States where he put 13 songs in the top 40 between 1960 and 1975, he was considerably less popular in Japan.  Because of this, one rarely sees Japanese examples of his studio albums for sale.  Instead, most of the Johnny Rivers albums sold in Japan were compilation LPs.

While most Johnny Rivers compilations sold in Japan were collections of hits, this particular album, Tribute to the Great Souls, was a collection of hits and cover tunes by American soul artists.  Released in 1970, the LP was only in print for a short time before being deleted, and it’s likely that only a few hundred copies were ever pressed.

Track listing:

  • Ode to John Lee
  • Secret Agent Man
  • Memphis
  • Seventh Son
  • Do What You Gotta Do
  • Sunny
  • Work Song
  • The Snake
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Suzie Q
  • You Better Move On
  • C.C. Rider/Got My Mojo Working
  • Foolkiller


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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in