Ike & Tina Turner – Live In Paris

Ike & Tina Turner – Live In Paris

The Ike & Tina Turner discography

… is immense

OK, I’m starting my first real post with telling you that I am not only a music fan in general, but also a die-hard Tina and Ike & Tina Turner fan. My first musical adventures started with The Ike & Tina Turner discography. Since this legendary duo recorded a huge amount albums at several record companies, it is a real treat just simply to create a complete overview of it.

… is a great way to discover the origins of pop music

When I started to discover the songs by Ike & Tina, I noticed that most of their song material isn’t original, but older songs in a new original arrangement, often unrecognizable different. So I started looking for the original version of the song by the original recording artist and comparing the two versions.

What I “dig” about the records of Ike & Tina Turner, is the energy, the soulfulness with the gritty rock twist. When you hear the version of the original artist, it’s interesting to hear the changes and you appreciate the art of making a song your own. In their case, many of their songs have different versions by other artists and their history goes back to the beginning of the blues and gospel. The Ike & Tina discography is a great way to discover the blues and the origins of popular music in general.

Live In Paris – Olympia 1971

Let’s dig into one of their best live albums (actually a 2-LP set): Live In Paris – Olympia 1971 (Liberty, LBS 83468-LBS 83469).

  1. Grumbling

    • An instrumental song, written by Ike Turner, first released on their album Outta Season (Blue Thumb Bts-5) in 1968. In this live recording The Ike & Tina Turner Revue bring it as a playful uptempo intro to an energetic concert, in which Ike demonstrates his talent on the electric guitar.
  2. You Got Me Hummin’

    • A song sung by The Ikettes, building up a tension up to the appearance of Tina. The song, written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes, was then already known as an original hit by the duo Sam & Dave, released a couple of years earlier, in 1966 on Stax Records as a single (S 204), and featured on their album Double Dynamite (Stax Records, S 712).
      The arrangement in both versions are very similar. Listening to the version of Sam & Dave, I love the distinctive  and powerful voice of Sam Moore. The Ikettes with the live band however, make a strong exciting live version.
  3. Everyday People

    • A signature song by the soul/rock/funk band Sly & The Family Stone and part of the Ikettes repertoire during live performances within the Ike & Tina Turner live concerts. Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, is the author of the song and released it as a single in 1968 (Epic, 5 10407) and the following year on the famous album Stand! (Epic, BN 26456).
      This song is so strong, that I can’t imagine there’s a bad version of it. You just got to love it when you hear it. It immediately puts you in a happy mood, wanting to sing and dance along with it.
  4. Shake A Tail Feather

    • Now THIS is a dancing song! An original by The Five Du-Tones, a single in 1963 (One-derful!, 4815) and covered by Ike & Tina Turner in 1965 on the live album The Ike & Tina Turner Show vol. 2 (Loma LS 5904). On the Live In Paris album the Ikettes do the honors. This song is ment to be played live.
  5. Medley: Gimme Some Loving/Sweet Soul Music

    • Gimme Some Loving

      A song that reminds a lot of us of the Blues Brothers movie. Great version. But most of all, a fantastic song. An original by The Spencer Davis Group featuring Steve Winwood, released as a single in 1966 (Fontana TF 762). It was written by Muff Winwood, Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood. There must be over a hundred cover version available by now, but Ike & Tina put the song soon in their live shows. You can find it on another live album In Person (1969, Minit LP 24018). However, more often they put it in a medley with Sweet Soul Music, which works splendidly!

    • Sweet Soul Music

      Now it gets interesting. At first, you might think: right, this is a song by Arthur Conley. And you’d be right. In a way. It is definitely Arthur’s version that inspired Ike & Tina. However, the song is an adaptation by Arthur Conley and Otis Redding of Sam Cooke’s song Yeah Man. They changed the title, but the music stayed basically the same. The song Yeah Man by Sam Cooke was included in his album Shake (1965, RCA Victor LSP 3367).

  6. Son Of A Preacher Man

    • A song for which Dusty Springfield is famous for and rightfully credited as one of the best songs ever. Because it is. Written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins (who also signed for the song “Love Of The Common People”, released by The Four Tops). The song was first released as a single in 1968 (Philips BF 1730). Compared to Dusty’s soft, blue-eyed soul version, Ike & Tina Turner turn the song into a gritty, soulful rock song. The first time the song was on an Ike & Tina album was on their live album In Person in 1969.
  7. Come Together

    • Oooh… This song! That beat and the lyrics are mad, but it works! Witty, funny and smart. “Got to be good looking ’cause he’s so hard to see!” Fantastic. Great energy too. “He shoot Coca-cola…” Maybe the John Lennon and Paul McCartney got some drug assistance while writing this song. The lyrics flow and the rhythm pumps. This song is timeless. The Beatles released the song on their Abbey Road album in september 1969 (Apple PCS 7088). In January 1970 Ike & Tina Turner made already their own version (Minit 32087).
  8. Proud Mary

    • Proud Mary has become such a classic (Ike &) Tina song, that you’d almost forget that it is originally from the Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was featured on their Bayou Country album (1969, Fantasy 8387). Ike & Tina Turner recorded the song on their Workin’ Together album, released 1970 (Liberty LST 7650) and
      changed it with their famous tempo change, introducing the song with the legendary intro:

      “Right now I think you might like to hear something from us nice and easy. Well now, I’d like to do that for you, but there’s just one thing… You see, we never ever do nothing nice and easy. We always do it nice and rough. We’re gonna take the beginning of this song and we’re gonna do it easy. But then we gonna do the finish… rough. This is the way we do Proud Mary.”

      With the sudden tempo acceleration and the horn section, they shake things up and put their money where their mouth is: they make it rough!

  9. A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Everyday)

    • A song written by the famous trio Holland-Dozier-Holland an a classic Martha & The Vandellas song from their Come and Get These Memories album (1963, Gordy G 902), although it was never released as a single. Ike & Tina Turner recorded the song with producer Phil “Wall of Sound” Spector, which resulted in the masterpiece album River Deep, Mountain High (1966, London Records SHU 8298 and re-released in 1969 on the A&M label). They released it as a single and Ike & Tina’s version was the only version that became a charted hit peaking at #16 on the UK Pop Charts.
      Martha & the Vandellas version is a true example of beautiful and powerful girl pop, with a typical spoken intermezzo. Ike & Tina Turner, on the other hand, make a lived, soulful version of it, that speaks more to the adult crowd.
  10. I Smell Trouble

    • The oldest song on this album. A song originally recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland and released as a single in 1957 on Duke (Duke 167). Ike & Tina Turner recorded the song for their blues album The Hunter (1969, Blue Thumb BTS 11). Ike demonstrates he’s a real blues wizard on the electric guitar, while Tina literally takes you back to the beginning: the blues. She sings the blues like she lived it (and she did, we all learned many years later). This is probably the best version of I Smell Trouble ever. This version is about 10 minutes long, and at 6′ there’s a conversion between Ike’s guitar and Tina, after which they take it further to a climax and pick it up again, because Tina sings “the blues just won’t let me be”…
  11. Respect

    • An old-time Otis Redding classic, written by The King Of Soul himself, first released as a single in 1965 (Volt 45 128) and featured on his Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul album. A famous rendition is by The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Otis mentions her during a live recording: “This girl, she just took this song”. It must be Aretha’s version that inspired Ike & Tina. That famous R-E-S-P-E-C-T spelling makes clear.
  12. Honky Tonk Woman

    • Clearly a Rolling Stones’ song, written by Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. It was released as a single in July 1969 (Decca F 12952) , but it’s interesting to know that the band had recorded another version previously, in March 1969, which was called Country Honk. That latter version was later included on the Let It Bleed album, but it’s the Honky Tonk Woman that became more known. Ike & Tina Turner stay pretty close to the original, the main difference is that Tina sings it from another perspective, from the point of view of honky tonk woman herself. Which also explains the slight title change: Honky Tonk Woman instead of Honky Tonk Women.
  13. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

    • Another Otis Redding song from the Otis Blue album, but this one is written by Otis together with Jerry Butler, and released as a single in 1965 (Volt 45 126). A heartfelt love song, recorded by Ike & Tina Turner for the Outta Season album (1968, Blue Thumb, BTS 5). For years it was part of the Ike & Tina Turner live repertoire. In the beginning, Tina performed the song with a female sexual attitude, adding the “Oooh… and aah..”-thing, caressing the microphone as if it were a high-tension erogenous zone. But then Ike started adding noises in the background and making comments, that the whole performance became almost pornographic. Tina got embarrassed with it, but the crowd loved it.
  14. I Want To Take You Higher

    • This a song by Sly And The Family Stone, and was a B-side of the single Stand! in 1969 (Epic 5 10450). This upbeat song, is a remake of “Higher”, a song from the band’s 1968 Dance to the Music album. And “Higher” itself has its origins in “Advice”, a song Sly Stone co-wrote and arranged for Billy Preston’s album The Wildest Organ In Town in 1966.
  15. Land Of 1000 Dances

    • At the moment of Ike & Tina Turner’s recording of Land Of 1000 Dances in 1971 on the Live In Paris album, this song had already built some history since its first release by Chris Kenner in 1962 (Instant Records 3252). It was already recorded by Fats Domino, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett and many others. But we need to credit Cannibal & The Headhunters for adding the famous “na na na na na” hook in 1965. The hook stayed in almost every recording ever since. Maybe Wilson Pickett’s version is best known. It was a nr. 1 hit and his greatest hit ever.
      What about those 1000 Dances? The song mentions 16 dances, all popular during the dance craze in the early 1960s: the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potato, the Alligator, the Watusi, the Twist, the Fly, the Jerk, the Tango, the Yo-Yo, the Sweet Pea, the Hand jive, the Slop, the Bop, the Fish, and the Popeye.

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I'm just a passionate music fan that loves digging after the story and history behind it. At about the age of 8, I got my first radio and my first single. OK, one was by the Smurfs and the other was by Nicole, the Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1982. Anyhow, this was the start of a great musical adventure.

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