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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Taken from a variety of sources, this collects 22 of Ike Turner's instrumentals from 1954-1965, none of them vocals, none of them recorded with Tina Turner, and all of them highlighting his guitar work. Turner's really wild and uninhibited for much of this set, especially in his ferocious string-bending and use of the whammy bar. While the tunes themselves are mostly generic R&B with a touch of rock & roll, it's also fair to say that generic instrumental rock rarely sounds this good, mostly because Turner's guitar work is so much more inventive and passionate than the nominal songs to which they're tethered. About half of this consists of the tracks on his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Taken from a variety of sources, this collects 22 of Ike Turner's instrumentals from 1954-1965, none of them vocals, none of them recorded with Tina Turner, and all of them highlighting his guitar work. Turner's really wild and uninhibited for much of this set, especially in his ferocious string-bending and use of the whammy bar. While the tunes themselves are mostly generic R&B with a touch of rock & roll, it's also fair to say that generic instrumental rock rarely sounds this good, mostly because Turner's guitar work is so much more inventive and passionate than the nominal songs to which they're tethered. About half of this consists of the tracks on his 1962 Sue album, Dance With Ike & Tina Turner and Their Kings of Rhythm Band, a good showcase for his crackling axework on a batch of mostly self-imposed wordless workouts. There are also a couple of numbers he cut in the late '50s under the pseudonym Icky Renrut; a 1965 single with brass that has a more soul-oriented arrangement than anything else here, albeit soul of a gutbucket kind; and a smattering of items dating back to his mid-'50s R&B days with Flair. There's also an odd nine-minute medley of instrumental blues covers, "All the Blues All the Time," which wound up on a 1963 Crown LP, Rocks the Blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2000
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667178228
  • Catalog Number: 782
  • Sales rank: 110,188

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm Primary Artist
Ike Turner Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Piano
Eugene Fox Saxophone
Jesse Knight Bass
Ed Silvers Tenor Saxophone
Willie Sims Drums
Marvin Warrick Baritone Saxophone
McKinley Johnson Trumpet
Bobby Fields Saxophone
Fred Sample Piano
Technical Credits
Ike Turner Composer, Producer
Elmore James Arranger
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bill Greensmith Liner Note Source
Mike Leadbitter Liner Note Source
Michael Ochs Cover Photo
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Paul Pelletier Liner Note Source
Sam Ling Composer
Joe Bihari Producer
Leslie Fancourt Liner Note Source
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