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4.0 out of 5 stars Original recordings back in catalogue, 22 Jun 2005
Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Don't Play Me Cheap/It's Gonna Work Out Fine (Audio CD)
There are many inexpensive Ike & Tina compilations on the market but until recently they had always dated from a slightly later period than their Sue labels recordings, which Stateside have now released, almost in full, on this and its companion, The Soul Of Ike And Tina Turner/Dynamite. Apart from a few singles, most are appearing on CD for the first time.
These two albums were released by Sue in 1963, by which time they had effectively left the label, having stockpiled a great deal of material over the previous two years despite touring for 22 of the 24 months.
Don't Play Me Cheap, named after the only single taken from the album, has a sound that is distinct from the two earlier albums, with more prominent horns, flutes and strings. This suggests either that the tracks were recorded specifically for it, or that they were overdubbed in a manner consistent with their release as a collection.
Apart from Ike Turner's compositions there is a version of Ketty Lester's Love Letters. Wake Up was the title track's flipside, whilst I Made A Promise Up Above was to back up Dear John in 1965.
It's Gonna Work Out Fine was named after their hit single from 1961, a call and response song, unusually not written by Ike but by Rose Marie McCoy and Sylvia McKinney. It was brought to them by Mickey and Sylvia, who had recorded their own version but not released it. It is Mickey "Guitar" Baker who calls to Tina, much as he had to Sylvia Vanderpool on their Love Is Strange hit, while Sylvia plays guitar and Ike piano on this million selling record.
The other non-original on the album is a bluesy version of James Brown's Good Good Lovin'. Although there were no other singles from the album, there a number of great tracks which could have been, including Mojo Queen, Foolish, This Man's Crazy and the could-have-been dance sensation the Tinaroo. I can just imagine the frantic routine with Tina and the Ikettes, who add so much to the sound of this album.
Having known Gonna Find Me A Substitute for years by the Pretty Things, I had never realised it was an Ike and Tina Turner original until this CD came along.
The collection is rounded off with a few stray singles. Can't Chance A Break Up from 1965, unreleased in the UK, marked a change of direction, a far more up tempo and frenetic Northern Soul sound, and still sounds absolutely classic to me, as does its other side, Stagger Lee And Billy. This is Ike's variation on the much mythologized classic tale, as retold by everyone from Mississippi John Hurt to Lloyd Price. There are a few singles omissions - Please Don't Hurt Me (1962), Tin Top House (1965) - but this places some very influential and important recordings back in catalogue at last
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