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Can't Sit Down... 'cos It Feels So Good: the Complete Modern Recordings [Original recording remastered]

Ikettes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B000O5917O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. CAN'T SIT DOWN 'COS I FEEL SO GOOD
2. FINE, FINE, FINE
3. DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR ME
4. THROUGH WITH YOU - VENETTA FIELDS
5. YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO Previously unissued
6. I'M SO THANKFUL
7. YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE ME LOSE MY MIND
8. CHEATER - VENETTA FIELDS
9. SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES
10. BLUE WITH A BROKEN HEART - FLORA WILLIAMS Previously unissued rehearsal
11. PEACHES 'N' CREAM
12. I'M LEAVING YOU - VENETTA FIELDS
13. NEVER MORE WILL I BE LONELY FOR YOU
14. THE BIGGEST PLAYERS
15. CAMEL WALK
16. GIVE ME A CHANCE (TRY ME) - VENETTA FIELDS
17. NOT THAT I RECALL
18. HOW COME
19. YOUR LOVE IS MINE
20. YOU'RE STILL MY BABY - VENETTA FIELDS
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* 20 years after the original Kent LP...and it's time for an update!

* Highlights include two previously unissued songs and several previously unissued takes and an alternative take of `Never More Will I Be Lonely For You'.

* Mostly remastered directly from the original three track tapes and there is some fantastic studio back-chat featured.

* The gorgeous booklet has a brand new comprehensive sleeve note that features interviews with all three Ikettes and also many previously unseen pix, including the front cover shot of the correct line up.

* This glorious package is a complete overview of the Ikettes Modern recordings and replaces and updates the previous best selling release:CDKEN 063 (now deleted).


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4.0 out of 5 stars Souling The Hits One More Time And More 6 Mar 2009
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Ikettes really should stand beside such as the Supremes, the Ronettes, the Shirelles and the Shangri-Las as one of the greatest of girl groups in the sixties, in turn the greatest of decades for girl groups. That they have been largely overlooked, despite such hits as I'm So Thankful, Peaches 'n' Cream, I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song) and Camel Walk, could be due to a number of factors. Because they are best known as the glamorous backing singers and dancers for Ike and Tina Turner, their role as artists in their own right probably had less impact, and they had far fewer singles and albums under their own name than, say, the Supremes.

Also, they lacked the focus of an identifiable lead singer, as their line-ups were in a state of constant flux as Ike Turner hired and fired them, or they chose to leave because of low wages or other reasons, and indeed it is hard to know who sang what on which record. Lead singers over the years included Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, Venetta Fields, Dee Dee Johnson (aka Flora Williams), PP Arnold and Joshie Armstead.

Although the hits had a pop sensibility, they had a blacker, grittier R&B sound than many of the other girl groups, more in the vein of Fontella Bass, Etta James or (obviously) Tina Turner, and the lyrics of their original material kept it real in a way that you wouldn't get from the more romantic Chiffons or the Cookies.

As well as the singles, the Ikettes had one album to their name, The Ikettes Soul The Hits, which included a number of popular hits of the day as well as their own hits and some original material mostly written by Ike Turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Souling The Hits One More Time And More 6 Mar 2009
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Ikettes really should stand beside such as the Supremes, the Ronettes, the Shirelles and the Shangri-Las as one of the greatest of girl groups in the sixties, in turn the greatest of decades for girl groups. That they have been largely overlooked, despite such hits as I'm So Thankful, Peaches 'n' Cream, I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song) and Camel Walk, could be due to a number of factors. Because they are best known as the glamorous backing singers and dancers for Ike and Tina Turner, their role as artists in their own right probably had less impact, and they had far fewer singles and albums under their own name than, say, the Supremes.

Also, they lacked the focus of an identifiable lead singer, as their line-ups were in a state of constant flux as Ike Turner hired and fired them, or they chose to leave because of low wages or other reasons, and indeed it is hard to know who sang what on which record. Lead singers over the years included Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, Venetta Fields, Dee Dee Johnson (aka Flora Williams), PP Arnold and Joshie Armstead. My promo copy had no booklet but I gather it is very informative as to Ikette history.

Although the hits had a pop sensibility, they had a blacker, grittier R&B sound than many of the other girl groups, more in the vein of Fontella Bass, Etta James or (obviously) Tina Turner, and the lyrics of their original material kept it real in a way that you wouldn't get from the more romantic Chiffons or the Cookies.

As well as the singles, the Ikettes had one album to their name, The Ikettes Soul The Hits, which included a number of popular hits of the day as well as their own hits and some original material mostly written by Ike Turner.

The venerable Ace label did its bit to correct their obscurity by collecting a number of their best Modern label recordings (I'm Blue had been on Atco) on a 1986 compilation called Fine, Fine, Fine. This appeared in an expanded edition on CD in 1992. Can't Sit Down...'Cos It Feels So Good is the new Ace compilation that supercedes it, and contains over ten minutes of extra tracks.

It includes everything from the Soul The Hits album as well as several singles, and hearing them all one after the other should convince any listener just what an awesome unit they were, with some belting vocals, abetted by Ike Turner's tight band and production (plus a couple produced by Stan Venet), and his own not inconsiderable skills as guitarist and pianist. From the bits of between-takes chat included we can tell from Ike's name check that the incomparable Earl Palmer is the drummer on at least some of the tracks.

The extra tracks, some previously unreleased, including several featuring Venetta Fields. Two of these (I'm Leaving You/You're Still My Baby) seem to have been a single on Sony (no relation) in 1963, unless they are different recordings. Blue On Blue also appears likely to be identical to the single Blue With A Broken Heart by Flora Williams (it came out on the Sonja label in 1964). Also included are some outtakes from Soul The Hits: The Loco-motion, Sha La La and Da Doo Ron Ron, all covers that had been big hits for Little Eva, the Shirelles and the Crystals in the preceding couple of years, and You Can't Have Your Cake And Eat It Too, a great track. Much of the album is in true stereo mixes, most making their CD debut, with only six of the tracks in mono. The single version of Camel Walk has been chosen in preference to the album take found on Fine Fine Fine, and there is also an early alternative take of it included.

Unreservedly recommended for fans of girl groups and good R&B.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better in this product reincarnation 23 Jan 2008
By Zub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1992, the Kent label (under the Ace of the U.K. umbrella) issued a compilation disc that was, and has been since, the only quality Ikettes collection available. Even so, Kent has raised the bar with this new Ikettes CD. As good as that original piece was, this new issue is a remarkable improvement.

Here in the 27 tracks are all the Ikettes' Modern label recordings including a few under the name of Venetta Fields fronting the Ikettes. While many of the tracks from the original CD are repeated, new sources were used and the sonic improvement is substantial. Many of the tracks were remixed from original session masters and appear in stunning stereo for the first time. The liner notes booklet now boasts 24 pic- and info-filled pages detailing the group's musical history. The compilers even acknowledge that certain "anomalies" in the first release were resolved such as the cover picture, which on the original CD featured the four-member circa-1968 Ikettes line-up.

In times when the CD-reissue market is a fading glory, it is extraordinarily rewarding when a company goes to the effort to improve upon existing quality product. If you already have the original Kent Ikettes CD, this is well worth the price to upgrade your library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reissue of 2007 29 Jan 2008
By ibekeen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As Zub said in his review this set delivers. Great sound, great songs and lots of stereo. The booklet alone is worth the price. Finally a detailed list of who was an Ikette and when. If you haven't already purchased Ike and Tina Turner The Kent years buy this one too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie, Venetta, and Jessie: The ***Original*** Ikettes! 24 Jan 2013
By Alex Honda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have the original release Fine Fine Fine and this CD, CAN'T SIT DOWN...'COS IT FEELS SO GOOD! by the Ikettes, and featuring the most steadfast (stable?) lineup of Robbie Montgomery, Venetta Fields and Jessie Smith, who appear on the cover (after featuring a cover pic of the wrong iteration of the group on Fine, Fine, Fine) is fantastic and Ace Records makes amends (though they really have nothing to apologize for since the Fine, Fine, Fine CD introduced a new generation to the Ikettes -- albeit the wrong ones).

I really didn't know much about the Ikettes other than seeing them on videos and Youtube performing as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, so I was surprised about how many women were actually in the group at one time or another. My first inkling that the Ikettes had songs outside of the revue was in the John Water's movie Hairspray that featured "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)."

That song is not part of this collection or on the previous ( Fine, Fine, Fine) release because that was done by a different Ikette lineup and put out by Atco Records (You can find it on The Ike & Tina Turner Story [3CD] or on the Hairspray Movie Soundtrack), so discovering these Ikettes was a great find!

First off, the remastering on the CD is fantastic and mostly all of the songs are in stereo, and sound just as if they were recorded yesterday. There's also the inclusion of studio chatter, alternate takes, previously unreleased songs, and this re-release has the most cohesive lineup of Ikettes -- Robbie, Venetta, and Jessie -- singing on all tracks.

The songs are catchy and fun and I like "Camel Walk" and "Peaches 'N' Cream," which you can see the performance on Shindig if you go to Youtube, but all of the songs are really good.

CAN'T SIT DOWN...'COS IT FEELS SO GOOD! also comes with a booklet with extensive liner notes written by Brian Nevill in 2007 that explains how the Ikettes came about, who was in the group, what happened and why there were so many different "Ikette" groups, and also includes pictures of the album sleeves and of Robbie, Venetta, and Jessie, and why these three should be regarded as the original Ikettes. The story is really intricate and involved but it really provides a fascinating look at what was going on in the saga that was part of the Ike & Tina Turner story and how it affected the other people around them.

These Ikettes really are unsung and it's a shame that they never really had the chance to break into the big time.

If you enjoy the 60s girl group sound and feel like you've heard everything from the Supremes to the Ronettes to the Shangri-Las, I would suggest that you pick-up CAN'T SIT DOWN...'COS IT FEELS SO GOOD! CD because you'll discover another wonderful group that you might not have noticed before.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ikettes Need To Be Heard 9 Aug 2014
By Steven M Bogarat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a long time fan of Funk/Soul R & B..I have The Ikettes on vinyl but needed a ore practical way to listen. This album has quite a few great tunes...and some that are just fillers....Blue On Blue aka Blue With A Broken Heart....and The Biggest Players..along with The Camel Walk are the high energy..deep soul that I love...A great compiliation..but hit and miss like all comps....
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