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Simply the Best: Romantic New Tina Turner Compilation Announced

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Tina Turner Love SongsTina Turner knows plenty about love and loss, both on and offstage. The legendary performer shook up the ’60s with her husband Ike and their relentlessly soulful revue, culminating with the Phil Spector-produced “River Deep – Mountain High” and an opening slot for The Rolling Stones on tour. But Ike’s substance (and marital) abuse led Tina to divorce him in 1976 and struggled to make a name for herself as a solo artist. Of course, less than a decade later, 1984’s iconic Private Dancer put her firmly at the top of the heap, selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and winning four Grammy Awards.

Turner’s last studio album was released in 1999, but she’s still going strong, as a 50th anniversary tour in 2008-2009 attested to. And now, the newly-rejuvenated Parlophone will release a new compilation highlighting Turner’s romantic side in time for Valentine’s Day.

Love Songs features 18 classics from Turner’s Capitol/Parlophone discography, hitting all of her major studio albums (Private DancerBreak Every Rule (1986), Foreign Affair (1989), Wildest Dreams (1995) and Twenty Four Seven (1999)), plus the 1991 compilation Simply The Best and the soundtrack to 1993’s acclaimed biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It, which featured re-recordings of Tina’s early classics and new hits including the pop smash “I Don’t Wanna Fight.” A few lesser known singles, including covers of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and John Waite’s “Missing You,” feature on the 18-track disc, which closes full-circle with Ike & Tina’s original transmission from the Wall of Sound, “River Deep – Mountain High.”

The new Love Songs compilation hits stores February 4. Amazon links and full track listings are below! 

UPDATE 1/9: Rhino Records has informed us that the Amazon U.S. listing below is showing the import version only – that explains the higher price. The Rhino team is working to get the U.S. Version live on Amazon, which will feature a much lower price.  We will update the link accordingly as soon as the correct U.S. version is listed by Amazon!

Love Songs (Parlophone, 2014)

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  1. The Best
  2. I Don’t Wanna Lose You
  3. Let’s Stay Together
  4. What’s Love Got to Do with It
  5. Missing You
  6. Private Dancer
  7. Two People
  8. Look Me in the Heart
  9. Way of the World
  10. Why Must We Wait Until Tonight
  11. Falling
  12. I Want You Near Me
  13. Be Tender with Me Baby
  14. Don’t Leave Me This Way
  15. I Don’t Wanna Fight
  16. Whatever You Need
  17. When the Heartache is Over
  18. River Deep Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner

Tracks 1-2, 8 and 13 from Foreign Affair (Capitol, 1989)
Tracks 3-4 and 6 from Private Dancer (Capitol, 1984)
Track 5 from Wildest Dreams (Parlophone, 1995)
Track 7 from Break Every Rule (Capitol, 1986)
Tracks 9 and 12 from Simply The Best (Capitol, 1991)
Tracks 10 and 15 from What’s Love Got to Do with It (Parlophone, 1993)
Tracks 11, 14 and 16-17 from Twenty Four Seven (Parlophone, 1999)
Track 18 from Philles single 131, 1966/River Deep Mountain High (A&M, 1967)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 7, 2014 at 17:27

What Kind of Love: Ike Turner’s Sixties “Studio Productions” Compiled By Ace

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Though some credit him with creating the very first rock and roll song (1951’s “Rocket 88,” credited to Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats), Ike Turner’s tumultuous personal life has long taken priority in the public eye over his groundbreaking musical achievements.  Yet Turner, in addition to maintaining a grueling schedule on the road with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, turned out a prodigious amount of studio material on a variety of labels.  The latest addition to Ace Records’ Producers Series, Ike Turner: Studio Productions – New Orleans and Los Angeles, 1963-1965, explores in depth a brief but fruitful period in Turner’s overlooked career.  Naturally, Tina Turner appears, but the emphasis is on Turner’s other singers including The Ikettes, Jimmy Thomas, Stacy Johnson and Bobby John.  Nearly half of this head-spinning anthology of raw rhythm and blues is previously unreleased, including stripped-down tracks, never-before-heard songs, unreleased versions and alternate takes. You’ll also hear rare 45s not issued on CD in longer versions.  In short, this is a treasure trove of rough-and-tumble rock and roll and R&B.

The electrifying Ike and Tina Turner Revue was well-known on the Chitlin Circuit and also on the teenage club circuit, as rock and roll ascended to the forefront of popular culture.  But pop success largely eluded Ike Turner.  Ace’s collection, produced and annotated by Brian Nevill, picks up Turner’s story in 1963, by which time the songwriter, producer and performer had notched a couple of hit singles on the Sue label as Ike and Tina Turner, and more for The Ikettes on Atco.  Turner signed with Modern Records and set up shop in New Orleans for sessions at the legendary Cosimo Matassa’s studios.  The restless Turner recorded a variety of performers, some issued on Modern, others on labels founded by Ike and some leased out to other imprints altogether.  The liner notes by Nevill provide the background on these songs, the history of which has often been muddled due to Turner’s re-recordings, reissues of the same song under a different name or artist, and issues on various labels.  Thankfully, the Ace team has been straightening out the prolific Turner’s catalogue for years, and this release is just the latest result of their efforts.

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Written by Joe Marchese

May 8, 2012 at 10:15

People All Over the World! A New “Soul Train” Comp Rolls Your Way

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For most of its 35-year run, there was no better outlet for soul music on television than Soul Train. Featuring a diverse palette of R&B artists and the commanding presence of creator/producer/host Don Cornelius, Soul Train has become an institution, the longest-running, nationally syndicated show in American history – albeit one that modern audiences would be slow to appreciate, were it not for the efforts of Time-Life Entertainment in releasing several official DVDs of content from the shows back in 2009.

Now, Time-Life follows up those discs with a special compilation, The Best of Soul Train Live, in stores tomorrow. While most of the performances on the program were lip-synched to the original tracks, a few here and there were not. And a dozen such performances will be captured on this DVD. Most of them stem from the show’s first four seasons, although there is a legendary 1979 duet between Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson on his “Ooo, Baby Baby” and a medley of hits from Stevie Wonder performed in 1991.

Hit the jump for full track details and an Amazon link, and remember – as always, we wish you love, peace…and soul! Read the rest of this entry »

Ike and Tina Turner! Phil Spector! “River Deep” Returns in April

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Producer Phil Spector should have been sitting on top of the world in 1966, just one year after The Righteous Brothers continued their wave of success with “Just Once in My Life,” “Ebb Tide” and of course, “Unchained Melody.” He had recently signed Ike and Tina Turner to Philles, but the male half of that duo was of little consequence to him. In Tina Turner’s force-of-nature voice, Spector saw the latest and arguably most powerful vehicle for his increasingly majestic musical statements. When he recorded “River Deep-Mountain High,” a song he wrote with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Spector felt that this was going to be the big one. It was his largest production ever, with a massive arrangement by Jack Nitzsche, and the cost was as extravagant as the sound. But upon its release in June 1966, the booming “River Deep-Mountain High” on Philles 131 didn’t go anywhere fast, only making it to the bottom reaches of the Top 100 singles chart. A bone was thrown to Spector in the form of its success abroad; Beatle George Harrison described the song as “a perfect record from start to finish – you can’t improve on it!” and it went Top 5 there. Spector commented, “We can only assume that England is more appreciative of talent and exciting music than the U.S. is,” while Ike Turner (who was not actually on the single) added, “In England, they don’t judge records according to race or anything like that.”

The American failure of “River Deep” led Spector to withdraw from the music business for a period of roughly two years, and the releases of Ike and Tina Turner’s output for Philles (four singles and one LP) quickly vanished. Some mono editions of Philles LP 4011 were pressed, but this release never made it to the cover printing stage. The completed album was issued in the U.K. on the London label and later in America on A&M with one variation in the track listing.

The LP River Deep-Mountain High received its belated American bow from the A&M label in 1969. Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss of A&M had signed Spector to a production deal; the biggest hit to come out of the Spector/A&M association would be “Black Pearl” by The Checkmates, Ltd. On the heels of Legacy’s new collections of Spector productions, Hip-o Select will reissue A&M’s original 12-track album to general retail on April 5; it is already available for pre-order directly from the label.

What’s included? What’s missing? Hit the jump to find out! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

March 7, 2011 at 10:04

Review: Various Artists, “Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966”

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In another time, in another place, I would not be writing this review of Legacy’s new Phil Spector compilation with a slight pang of melancholy. And you wouldn’t be reading it with the possible tug at the heartsrings you might face now. Phil Spector was one of the most significant pop producers of the 20th century – a creator of pop music as a blissful, romantic, universal commodity – but recent events have ensured that anyone who speaks his name today does so with hesitation, with knowledge of something too awful to comprehend, a bastardization of the all-reaching control he had on the records he produced.

The first time a label lovingly presented Spector’s work on CD, with the immortal box set Back to Mono (ABKCO 7118-2, 1991), Spector was a darkly obsessive genius, and only that. We’d all known the stories of his less savory encounters while producing late-period works for Leonard Cohen or The Ramones, but the four-disc set was a revelation, introducing the Wall of Sound – that simple-yet-complex conglomerate of musicians towering and bouncing off the listener from one glorious channel of sound – to a new generation of listeners. Now, some 20 years later, with increasing amounts of teens and young adults too enamored of instant-gratification culture, we have the chance to revisit these perfect pop offerings. The times have changed, and certainly our perception of Spector has changed, too. But do these tunes stack up as sweetly as they once did? We’ll discuss more after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 22, 2011 at 15:46