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2001 marked the Golden Anniversary of a GOLD Record from an Era when Fifty-thousand 45’s was a BIG Seller. That 500K-selling Single cut the edge of a new style before deejay Alan Freed named it: ROCK & ROLL. Sam Phillips, Sun Studios founder, tagged that Billboard #1 R&B Smash as the very first “Rock & Roll Recording”. Every hell-raiser, hip-shaker, and hit-maker ... Read more in Amazon's Ike Turner Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wienerworld
  • ASIN: B000H5U6LQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Eighteen Long Years 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rockin' Blues 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen14. Bi Polar 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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There is no denying Ike Turner's place in musical history. While the general public may know about his heyday with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue during the '60s, only hardcore Ike fans and jump blues enthusiasts are aware of him spearheading the formative years of rock 'n' roll with the 1951 hit 'Rocket 88', his A&R work for the Chess label and early participation on recordings by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. After the break-up with Tina, drug abuse, notoriety and self-imposed exile led to a career black hole until his re-emergence with the critically acclaimed 2001 album Here And Now, which earned him a deserved Grammy nomination. On 'Risin' with the Blues', the R&B icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer takes the intensity level up a notch or two with typically slashing-stinging guitar work, rollicking Boogie Woogie piano flourishes and some of the nastiest, rawest, most potent vocals he's ever summoned up in a fabled career that dates back more than 50 years.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Stracey on 23 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
'Risin' With The Blues' forges variations on Blues/Jazz/Funk/Soul/Gospel giving you a musical fusion and clarity of musicianship seldom heard on CD and is definitely one of the outstanding cuts of 2006!

The 'King Of Rhythm' Ike Turner is back... make no mistake and 'Risin' With The Blues' signals a dramatic return to form for one of the founding forces of rock 'n' roll! An hilariously funky 'Gimme Back My Wig' precedes Louis Jordan's jump blues hit 'Caldonia' which inspired Turner in his youth! Ken Frizelle's harp lends itself admirably on the raunchy 'Tease Me' and a rendition of Fats Domino's standard 'Goin' Home Tomorrow' easies you into some great guitar work by Lenny Rankins on 'Jazzy Fuzzy'. His fabulously funky 'I Don't Want Nobody' precedes Ike confessing to doing wrong in a gospel invoked 'Jesus Loves Me' anyway! The Holland/Dozier/Holland ballad 'A Love Like Yours' makes way for some excellent improvised jazz guitar on Horace Silver's 'Senor Blues'.

Ike's sure got the blues as he extends Eddie Boyd's classic to 'Eighteen Long Years', the length of his relationship with Tina before screaming out his excellent 'Rockin Blues' which gets my vote as the best track on the album! A slow blues number ensues in the shape of Erskine Hawkins 'After Hours', showcasing this man's incredible talent on piano followed by more blues guitar heard on 'Big Fat Mama'. The album is finally rounded off with the funk influenced 'Bi Polar' which effortlessly brings you back again to the PLAY button!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TT on 13 Oct. 2006
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Not as strong as his 2001 "here and now", but Ike who turns 75 (!) this November, still knows hot to play the guitar and piano. Especially the instrumentals on this album are worth the purchase already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Reid on 22 May 2013
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I have always liked Ike and Tina Turner, especially the early stuff so got this cd and its ok , not his best work but some good
tracks on here
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Get up and LISTEN! 10 Jan. 2007
By Gary Birshtein - Published on
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This is one of best blues albums I've heard in years. Ike Turner is a true legend, genius and innovator.

I was fortunate to see him live in 2001 at Burnaby Blues Festival in Canada where he was promoting his 2001 release "Here and Now". I must admit that when you see Ike Turner live you know that you are in the presence of one of a kind. His stage presence and intensity is just as remarkable as his guitar and piano skills.

The new album is a MUST own (just as much as "Here and Now"). The sample tracks on Amazon can give you some idea but definitely don't do justice to a full sound and heavy base on this album. When you realize that at 75 Ike was able to produce such high quality product, you wish him another 200 years of music career.

Enjoy it!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
serious, sensitive yet forceful vocals that totally blow me away 12 Dec. 2007
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on
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Risin' With The Blues won Ike Turner a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for 2007; and predictably Ike sings some mighty great tunes on this album. Critics write that his vocals are "raw" and potent"--and wow, are they ever right! Ike Turner fans will love this one for sure!

"Caldonia," a tribute to Louis Jordan, swings and rocks and Ike sings this to perfection. The piano arrangement is great and Ike belts this out like the pro that he is! I really like "Caldonia" a lot. Listen also for "Goin' Home Tomorrow;" Ike sings this with his heart and soul as the musicians play a rousing arrangement. Ike sings the blues here better than ever; and his voice is in great form! Moreover, there's "I Don't Want Nobody;" this rockin' bluesy tune will not disappoint you. Ike sings this out strong and things like the harmonica enhance the number as Ike sings.

There are other tracks on this album that are well worth attention. "A Love Like Yours' is a stunning bluesy number featuring Ike's vocals squarely in the foreground and the female backup vocalists support Ike really well. "Eighteen Long Years" gives us another strong performance by Ike; he sings this passionately as if this was his own personal experience.

"Rockin' Blues" rocks slowly with a good touch of the blues; listen for Ike to perform this with style; and "Big Fat Momma" has a great country rockin' beat. Ike doesn't miss a note on "Big Fat Momma," either! It's THAT good.

Overall, this album by Ike Turner scores a goal in my book. It's a must-have. I felt compelled to write this review because I know that Ike passed away earlier today. His music, on the other hand, will live on with us forever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Menacing 3 July 2007
By Sasha - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With the whole wide world against him,its really wonder Ike Turner is still recording.Not only recording,man kicks with such unexpected fire,passion and snarl that its impossible not to rock along with his music.What was just a curiosity to hear his new album,immediately turned to awe and joy - forget everything else you read or heard and if you can listen with ears open,this album is a BLAST!Althought he started in stone age of rock,there is nothing old fashioned here - production is modern,sound crisp and music excellent.Best of all,Turner (who has never been much of a singer before) somehow turns his big-bad-wolf-with-scars persona into surprisingly expressive voice,he sounds completely believable on each single song and knowing his earlier work,Im glad to hear that particular bluesy sound still alive and so full of life."Caldonia" ia of course tribute to his idol Louis Jordan (Turner paid his hospital bills when he found jordan was down on luck),"Going home tomorrow" a nod to Fats Domino and "Big Fat mama" reminder that blues and country are very much two faces of same coin (as his early recordings show,Turner could play country with the best of them)."A love like yours" is of course old Phil Spector chesnutt and and surprisingly soft spot for Turner who recordeds and performs it often,but there is also "Jesus loves me" where he bleeds and dares to point at his critics:"Point your fingers at me,you should take a look at yourself".Its clearly one of my favourite new albums and every musician I talked to loves it.How strange that he would prove to be more vital and interesting than his superstar ex-wife who for the past 20 years lives basically on charisma,but her music is not as half as fun as this!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Back To The "Rocket 88" 27 Jun. 2007
By Alfred Johnson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yes, Ike Turner was hell on Tina. Yes, he is probably not a guy you want to have a drink with. But, hell you sure can listen to his blues (and earlier with Tina, rhythm and blues) work here. I knew all of Ike and Turner's work at one time back in the days. I saw Ike resurface on Martin Scorseses' blues series on PBS and got interested again after hearing his hot riff of the classic Rocket 88. Here he seems to have captured some of that same energy reworking some of the classics (including his own). Okay, maybe you have to hold your nose about his personal life but lend an ear to this.

Revised December 30, 2008 on re-listening to this CD.

I have mentioned the recently departed Ike Turner's rough and tumble drug-induced later lifestyle and his problems with ex-wife Tina Turner elsewhere in this space so there is no need to repeat that here. I have also mentioned Ike's key role as `talent spotter' in the 1950's for Chess Records (and Sun Records Sam Phillips, I believe) and his pivotal role in the early move from R&B to rock & roll with the super-classic hit "Rocket 88". Thus, his place in musical history (with the appropriate asterisks) is secure. And should be.

"Risin' with the Blues" is a late effort (2006) where Ike goes out in front and does many of the lead vocals, some successfully some not. The instrumental work is excellent, as is to be expected on a Turner platter. But, to be honest, not all of the vocals made me want to jump, which I assume was Ike's intention here since some of the works are tributes to those like Louis Jordan who influenced the young Ike Turner. That said, his version of "Eighteen Long Years" (usually five in most versions but the number is used as a dig at Tina) is fine, as is "Big Fat Mama" and "Rockin' Blues". We part company, however, on "Jesus Loves Me" his musical retort to Tina's charges in her book and in the movie.

You know what, go out and get some early Ike and the Rhythm Kings then you will be sure to get what Ike was all about and why he has a secure place in musical history. And remember that seminal "Rocket 88". I went crazy when I listened to it recently after not hearing it for a long time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Last of a Legand 13 Dec. 2007
By Old Hippie - Published on
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Many in St. Louis, and around the world are in mourning for Ike Turner. Ike was not just one-half of Ike & Tina Turner; he was one of the world's great blues guitarists. To use thier own words...he was "idolized" by Bob Kuban, (in the R&R Hall of Fame for the 1966 hit 'The Cheater') Billy Peek (ex lead guitar player for the Rod Stewart Band in the '70s) and of course Chuck Berry. Yes, St. Louis is a 'Blues' town. And today we have the blues.

Ike Turner's actual music career began in earnest in the late-1940s where he formed a group whom he christened The Kings of Rhythm. In 1951, the band recorded what historians have debated as "the first rock and roll record" with "Rocket 88".
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