Studio Productions: New Orleans and Los Angeles 1963-1965

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this CD is credited to Ike Turner, it might be more appropriately classified as a various-artists compilation, since Turner is the credited artist on just one of the 27 tracks. As the title indicates, it's devoted to recordings he produced between 1963 and 1965, an era in which his industriousness was something to behold given he was also recording many discs with his then-wife Tina, as well as extensively touring. Tina herself is the singer on a couple of these tracks, and the Ikettes are heard as a backup band on a few others. But for the most part, this material is performed by artists who never made a name for themselves, like Jimmy Thomas, Stacy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this CD is credited to Ike Turner, it might be more appropriately classified as a various-artists compilation, since Turner is the credited artist on just one of the 27 tracks. As the title indicates, it's devoted to recordings he produced between 1963 and 1965, an era in which his industriousness was something to behold given he was also recording many discs with his then-wife Tina, as well as extensively touring. Tina herself is the singer on a couple of these tracks, and the Ikettes are heard as a backup band on a few others. But for the most part, this material is performed by artists who never made a name for themselves, like Jimmy Thomas, Stacy Johnson, Bobby John, and Vernon Guy, though ex-R&B star Jackie Brenston of "Rocket 88" fame does a couple numbers. Only five of the cuts were released at the time, some others only showing up on archival compilations decades later, and over half the stuff making its first appearance ever on this disc. Though Ike Turner was undoubtedly a major figure in rock and soul music, this is ephemera when stacked against his primary accomplishments, and of most interest to rabid Ike collectors/enthusiasts. The sound is consistently gutsy and sometimes rawer than almost anything else in the bluesy R&B
ock groove at the time, and the singers usually perform with the kind of passion heard in artists hungry for a break. True to the location of some of the recordings, some of the selections have a more pronounced New Orleans feel than others. But the songs are for the most part just OK, and sometimes not too worked out, as you might expect from takes that often didn't even make it into the marketplace. There's some good playing from the Kings of Rhythm, but unless this is one of your favorite all-time kinds of music, the songs do start to roll by without making much in the way of separate impact. And the two Tina Turner tracks might have been throwaway outtakes, but she sings everyone else under the table on covers of Maxine Brown's hit "All in My Mind" and Eddie Boyd's blues classic "Five Long Years." It's more a listenable document to fill in the some of the background of Turner's resumé than a testament to his finer achievements, with some of the moodier Turner compositions that came out on 1963 singles Vernon Guy's "You've Got Me [Just Where You Want Me]" and Stacy Johnson's "Remove My Doubts" also standing out in this crowd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667048729
  • Catalog Number: 6704872
  • Sales rank: 155,748

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Darkest Hour - Jimmy Thomas (2:29)
  2. 2 Remove My Doubts - Stacy Johnson (2:15)
  3. 3 They Ain't Lovin' Ya - Vernon Guy (1:46)
  4. 4 Too Late - Bobby John (2:38)
  5. 5 Like I Do - Bobby John (2:38)
  6. 6 In Love - The Ikettes (3:02)
  7. 7 I'm Tore Up - Jackie Brenston (2:53)
  8. 8 Through with You - Venetta Fields (3:19)
  9. 9 That's All Right - Vernon Guy (2:00)
  10. 10 You're So Fine - Vernon Guy (2:34)
  11. 11 I Smell Trouble - Jimmy Thomas (3:52)
  12. 12 Feel So Good - Jimmy Thomas (2:22)
  13. 13 All In My Mind - Tina Turner (3:37)
  14. 14 What Kind of Love - The Ikettes (2:18)
  15. 15 I'm Comin' Home - Bobby John (2:35)
  16. 16 Dust My Broom - Bobby John (2:34)
  17. 17 For Your Precious Love - Vernon Guy (2:26)
  18. 18 Just to Hold My Hand - Vernon Guy (2:17)
  19. 19 Tin Pan Alley - Jimmy Thomas (2:51)
  20. 20 Mother-In-Law Blues - Jimmy Thomas (2:10)
  21. 21 Walking Down the Aisle - The Ikettes (2:15)
  22. 22 Think - Bobby John (2:31)
  23. 23 Five Long Years - Tina Turner (2:15)
  24. 24 Consider Yourself - Stacy Johnson (3:44)
  25. 25 Don't Believe Him - Stacy Johnson (2:17)
  26. 26 You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too - Vernon Guy (2:24)
  27. 27 You've Got Me (Just Where You Want Me) - Vernon Guy (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ike Turner Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Maxine Brown Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Reggie Moore Composer
Roger Armstrong Tape Research, Photo Courtesy
Ralph Bass Composer
Arthur Brooks Composer
Lance Finnie Composer
Ike Turner Composer
Elmore James Composer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Don Robey Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
Willie Schofield Composer
Jimmy Thomas Composer
Robert West Composer
Bill Greensmith Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Lowman Pauling Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Duke Coleman Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Brian Nevill Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Aaron Collins Composer
Paul Perryman Composer
Jevon Jones Composer
Drake Coleman Composer
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