Ike's Instrumentals

Ike's Instrumentals

by Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm


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Ike's Instrumentals

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2000
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667178228
catalogNumber: 782
Rank: 54364

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm   Primary Artist
Eugene Fox   Saxophone
Ike Turner   Guitar,Piano
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
Paul Pelletier   Liner Note Source
Sam Ling   Composer
Joe Bihari   Producer
Leslie Fancourt   Liner Note Source

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