1972 Case File #4.

Ike & Tina
Ike & Tina, Feel Good

File Between: James Brown and the Rolling Stones

Comments: The musical career of Ike & Tina Turner is one of the few I’ve studied at all exhaustively, and I can say with pretty firm conviction that this is one of their best records. During the early 70s, Ike was experimenting with all kinds of studio techniques and tricks, borrowing from funk, hard rock, roots-rock, and even progressive music to some extent (he was one of the first to use synthesizers in black music, along with Stevie Wonder) in order to get new sounds, new rhythms, and new songs behind Tina’s increasing songwriting talent. There’s some wicked funk here, some great buzzsaw guitar attacks, the Kings of Rhythm just cook, and Tina is in fine, wallpaper-melting voice throughout. The one misstep is a cover of “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” that adds nothing to either the Beatles’ or Joe Cocker’s versions, but wtf covers were always part of the Ike & Tina package.

A Keeper? Ike & Tina Turner are like pizza and sex: even when they’re bad, they’re pretty good. And this session’s really nice and hot, with all the fixings.

Vinyl Rip: Black Coffee

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