Hard-hitting early work from Ike
& Tina Turner
– raw, unbridled, and surprisingly tight – yet without any of the cliches or overdone righteousness that marred their later years! Tina
's still singing here often as part of the backing group, stepping out for a soulful lead at times, but also very much in touch with her supporting sisters – and there's a number of tunes that have a really nice focus on Ike
's raw and raspy guitar work, which we always like a lot! Most tunes are Ike Turner
originals – freshly voiced tracks, and none of the crossover covers that the pair later included in their work – and titles include "Hard Times", "I Don't Need", "Chicken Shack", "Gonna Have Fun", "It's Crazy Baby", "Don't You Blame It On Me", "Hurt Is All You Gave Me", "Flee Flee Fla", "My Baby Now", "You Can't Miss Nothing", "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Over You", "Baby Don't Do It", "I Need A Man", "Five Long Years", "Shake It Baby", "He's The One", "You Can't Have Your Cake & Eat It Too", and "Makin Plans Together".