The '93 movie What's Love Got to Do with It?
may have convinced the majority of squares out there that Ike Turner was nothing more than a wife-abuser. But what they don't (and never will) care to know is that Ike Turner is one of the most important figures in the history of rock & roll, a veritable rhythm & blues wunderkind whose prowess as songwriter, arranger, pianist, guitarist, and showman helped created many of early rock & roll's groundbreaking songs. The 18 tracks contained here justify these claims and more, selecting the very best from Ike's '50s work and many later cuts recorded without what's-her-name. Arguably the first rock & roll record, the immortal "Rocket 88" is here along with great Kings of Rhythm tracks like "Matchbox" and "Down & Out." But what simply must be heard is Ike's searing guitar attack and quivering tremolo on gems like "Ho Ho" and "Prancing." One listen and you'll be proclaiming "I Like Ike" too. --Ken Hohman