Ike & Tina Turner

Back in the Day

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Most of the material on BACK IN THE DAY consists of previously unreleased demos from the early '70s recorded at Ike Turner's home studio (a barn-burning live version of Etta James' "All I Could Do Was Cry," from 1966, is the exception). At this point, Ike and Tina were struggling to come up with a follow-up hit to "Proud Mary," and it was also, to put it mildly, a troubled period in the couple's personal lives (see the bio-pic WHAT'S GOT LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT for the gory details).

But musically, as evidenced here, it was obviously productive. Highlights include a version of Sly Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher" that almost outfunks the original, a scorching take on Bill Wither's "Use Me," and an amazingly soulful refurbishing of the Archie's bubblegum classic "Sugar Sugar."

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