Ike & Tina Turner

The Best of Ike & Tina Turner [EMI]

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CEMA's The Best of Ike & Tina Turner covers the stints the duo spent with Sue in the early '60s and Liberty in the late '60s and early '70s. The first found them playing hopped-up R&B and having some hits like "A Fool in Love," "I Idolize You," and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." The second phase found them breaking through to the rock audience; with the exception of the Phil Spector-produced "River Deep, Mountain High," the tunes here are hard-driving, rocked-out covers of hits like CCR's "Proud Mary" and the Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." Not to be outdone, Ike also wrote some standout songs around this time, like "Nutbush City Limits" and "Sexy Ida, Pt. 2." There is more to the Turners than these ten tunes, but if you just want a slice of their sound, you might be satisfied by this. [The disc was reissued in 2005 as part of Capitol's Ten Best series.]

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