Ike & Tina Turner Sing The Blues
Ike & Tina Turner
By James Calemine
Ike & Tina Turner Sing The Blues serves as a definitive collection of their musical roots. In 1969, Ike Turner leased two albums worth of blues material to Blue Thumb Records. The 18 songs on this CD were culled from those two albums.
Clarksdale, Mississippi, native Ike Turner formed his band The Rhythm Kings while he was still in high school. His song "Rocket 88" went to number one on the Billboard charts. Turner worked as a talent scout at Motown. Soon he discovered female singer, Annie Mae Bullock, and later they began recording together; then she changed her name to Tina and the rest is history. They even recorded for the legendary Sun Records...
By the time this material was recorded in 1969 Ike was at the top of his game. These blues songs reveal Ike Turner's guitar mastery as well as the soulful vocals of Tina. The Turners cover Otis Redding ("I've Been Loving You Too Long"), T-Bone Walker ("Mean Old World"), Lowell Fulson ("Three O'clock In The Morning Blues"), Eddie Boyd ("Five Long Years"), Robert Johnson ("Dust My Broom"), Jimmy Reed ("Honest I Do"), Steve Cropper ("The Hunter") and other grit-laced songs. This CD captures the essence of Ike and Tina's potent dynamic. Ike & Tina Turner Sing The Blues proves a hard dose of blues authenticity.