Ike & Tina Turner


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A bit of a time warp. The first two cuts here--"A Fool in Love" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine"--are Ike and Tina Turner's first two hit singles, from 1961 and 1962, respectively; the latter has deservedly become an often covered classic (Ry Cooder's version is definitive). The remainder of the material, however, consists of previously unreleased demos from the early '70s, recorded at Ike's home studio.

At this point, the couple 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 their 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 funky update of Barbara George's 1962 hit "I Know," a convincing version of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," and an amazingly soulful refurbishing of the Archies' bubblegum classic "Sugar Sugar."

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