Ike & Tina Turner

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Folks expecting the explosive Ike & Tina Turner sound from their commercial peak on Liberty Records in the early to mid-'70s will no doubt find this set to be a little thin-sounding, although it certainly still packs enough of a wallop to be pretty interesting. Ike & Tina spent the 1960s drifting from label to label on short-term recording deals for labels like Sue, Kent, Modern, Loma, Innis, Minit, and Blue Thumb, and several of those sides are collected here. A few of them, like "Funky Mule" and "Ghetto Funk," are really Ike-directed instrumentals, and while Tina's vocal excursions on songs like "Shake a Tail Feather" are vibrantly energetic, the overall sound seems muted and compressed compared to the Liberty recordings. Not a bad set, but not what most people will be expecting, either.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:17
2
2:08
3
2:49
4
3:08
5 3:15
6 2:13
7
2:22
8
2:45
9
2:27
10
2:04
11
2:42
12
3:04
13
2:35
14
2:21
15
2:48
16
2:22
17
2:33
18
2:31
19
2:50
20
3:11
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