Ike & Tina Turner

Only the Best of Ike & Tina Turner

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Collectables has made a habit of packaging together a number of early albums by name artists in box sets that are short on presentation but long on material. As such, this set by Ike & Tina Turner is no exception. It's packaged somewhat generically, but does contain five early-'60s studio albums as well as a best-of featuring material from the later '60s and early '70s. As such, it's hard to deny, since virtually all of these albums simply burn with rhythm & blues heat and rock & roll intensity. This is the pre- "Proud Mary"/"Nutbush City Limits" band, produced raw and alive with Ike's signature WHOMP on the guitar and Tina's almost superhuman wail. For the time being, these recordings are unavailable individually, making this box -- with its fair but not overly economical price tag -- a necessity for all serious fans of the Turner family's work.

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