The heaviest side of the great Ike Turner
– early instrumental singles cut for Sue Records – all of them super-searing, super-heavy, and usually featuring some great guitar from Ike
's best known as a soulful partner with Tina Turner
– but before he hooked up with her as a singer, he was already leading a tight combo of his own – the super-sharp Kings Of Rhythm, who are really hitting their stride here – and work to support Ike
in this wonderful pre-funk blend of soul, blues, and R&B – all with a razor-sharp edge. The titles alone should give you an idea of the nature of the tracks – with names like "Prancin", "The New Breed (parts 1 & 2)", "Katanga", "The Groove", "The Gully", "Trackdown Twist", "Cubano Jump", "Go To It", and "The Wild One" – and the package features 22 tracks in all – including a long "All The Blues All The Time" medley from a Crown Records album, two recorded under the name Icky Renrut, and a few more singles for the Flair label.