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GREAT MUSIC BUT MEDIOCRE SOUND
on April 10, 2014
Live, Raw & Funky is a recording of a live concert by the Ike and Tina Turner Revue sometimes in the 1970s. That’s an almost automatic guarantee of listening pleasure. The only letdown is the recording quality. Compared to the 1971 live concert released on double long play discs by United Artist back in 1971, my first purchase of an Ike and Tina Turner album, it’s bearable, but not good. Maybe it’s a bootleg recording, recorded on the sly from the audience.
It’s a standard set –little new, if anything –“Proud Mary,” sung slow, then slow again, then at a blistering tempo, then out, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Respect”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” others. “Son of a Preacher Man” is good, as is “Nutbush City Limits,” which was their first big hit together. One of my favorite songs by this group, “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” seems lame compared to the version on the United Artists disc but that may be just the effect of memory –I’m listening to the one and remembering the other. In general, I think Tina does a better job on the hot, up tunes than on the slower torchier songs, but that’s my personal preference. There’s no question that Tina’s a force of life. As to Ike’s contribution, he doesn’t play flashy solos but whatever he brought to the revue, it works.
In sum, this recording offers a good sampling of what Ike and Tina actually sounded like in concert but almost all the songs on it can be found on other recordings with much better sound fidelity.