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I Like Ike: The Best of Ike Turner


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2001 marked the Golden Anniversary of a GOLD Record from an Era when Fifty-thousand 45’s was a BIG Seller. That 500K-selling Single cut the edge of a new style before deejay Alan Freed named it: ROCK & ROLL. Sam Phillips, Sun Studios founder, tagged that Billboard #1 R&B Smash as the very first “Rock & Roll Recording”. Every hell-raiser, hip-shaker, and hit-maker ... Read more in Amazon's Ike Turner Store

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  • Audio CD (November 15, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0000033F5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rocket '88'
2. My Real Gone Rocket
3. I Miss You So
4. Hoo-Doo Say
5. Peg Leg Woman
6. I'm On Your Trail
7. I Know You Don't Love Me
8. Boxtop
9. Matchbox (Version B)
10. Down & Out
11. Ho-Ho
12. Hey-Hey
13. Prancing
14. Steel Guitar Rag
15. Consider Yourself
16. The New Breed, Pt.2
17. Talkin Back My Name
18. You're Still My Baby

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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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Nippert on April 18, 2004
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Ike Turner is probably doomed to be eternally remembered as the wife- beating drug abuser in the classic movie "What's Love Got to do With It?". Part of this reason is that Laurence Fishburne was so damn good that he made the role unforgettable. But Ike's true legacy should be the classic rock and r&b he made with and without Tina. This album spotlights Ike's various musical adventures starting with the #1 r&b hit "Rocket 88", widely regarded as the first rock n' roll record eve made. The song was so popular it spawned a sequel, also included here-"My Real Gone Rocket", both sang by the long forgotten Jackie Brenston. Another classic is the swamp blues of "Hoo-Doo Say", sang by The Sly Fox, aka Eugene Fox. This song would have been perfect for Screamin' Jay Hawkins. There are some classic blues tracks like "Down and Out" and "You're Still My Baby" and Ike's personal anthem {also the title of his autobiography) "Takin' Back My Name". There are also some red hot instrumental grooves like "The New Breed PT. 2" and "Prancing" which showcase Ike's ace guitar playing and shows why his band were called The Kings Of Rythym. This compilation was released by Rhino Records, so you know it's a first rate show from beginning to end with the usual photos and informative liner notes in a 12 page booklet. Throughout, Ike is spotlighted in his glory as a pianist/vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/producer/songwriter! Ike is currently clean and sober and was just nominated for a Grammy recently for his "Here and Now" album. If you are a fan of classic early rock and r&b, then this is an essential edition to you're collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aj Watson on January 4, 2011
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Forget about 'Rocket 88', the reason to grab this CD is it's the only place you'll find the rare-as-hens-teeth TUNE TOWN version of 'BOXTOP' from early 1958. 'Boxtop' was recorded twice by Ike, the commonly available on CD second version was also laid down by Ike later that same year (for Cobra Records), however it featured an all male group of performers who don't quite match it with the original version found here. The Tune Town version here is the original and best version of the song. It was recorded in Ike's home in E.St Louis, featuring the historic first appearance on record of future wife Tina Turner, here under her maiden name Annie Mae Bullock, or more precisely as she is billed on the record label itself, "Little Ann".

Despite the fact that this comp doesn't include his great 1950s recordings for Federal (obviously Rhino weren't able to license those here), this is still a great collection. It rightly concentrates on the early years of Ike's recording career when he laid down his best work for a myriad of different labels up to the early 60s. These include three fine instrumentals - 'Prancing' and 'Steel Guitar Rag' both from a 1961 recording session, as well as 'The New Breed Pt 2' a heavy slice of guitar wizardry which made it onto a Sue single in 1965.

Although he lead a troubled life, it certainly didn't stand in the way of Ike Turner stamping his class on hundreds of recording sessions over more than a quarter of a century. This is a fine testament to that career.
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The best of Ike Turner/I like Ike: Ike Turner's importance in the development of Rock n Roll is undeniable (although many these days try to ignore it) but as important as his early sides are, they are certainly dated. This CD is one to get if you are a Rock historian, but it is not the most entertaining of albums to hear.
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