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Album Review

Make no mistake about it, this 16-track collection culled from their two albums recorded for the Blue Thumb label in 1969 (Outta Season and The Hunter) is as much Ike's show as it is Tina's — truly the other half of the equation, the blues part of rhythm & blues. His stinging guitar matches Tina's voice lick for nasty lick, and the blues song choices ("Dust My Broom," "Three O'Clock Blues," "Please Love Me," "Five Long Years," "You Don't Love Me," "Mean Old World," "Rock Me Baby," "Honest I Do," "Reconsider Baby") were undoubtedly tunes he and the Kings of Rhythm knew in their sleep, playing them since they were new hits on the charts. These were the last truly pure R&B albums the two of them would ever make, and even the then-current stabs at R&B trends (the title track is little more than Ike's version of a James Brown groove with Tina babbling in true JB incomprehensibility in spots) shine brightly in the spotlight of hindsight. Subtitled The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings, this makes a great document of what they must have sounded like in the clubs that dotted the landscape of the chitlin circuit way back when.

Customer Reviews

Blue Thumb Ike and Tina Recordings

Back in the 60's opening for the Rolling Stones there was no finer act to see then Ike and Tina Turner. For a bunch of white kids seeing the Stones it was an education to see a professional soul revue take rock and roll songs and tear them up. Once I saw them I started to look for recordings by them and the original Blue Thumb Album with Ike on one side and Tina on the other in white face eating watermellon was pure thumbing in the face of society at that time. But the Blue Thumb music was to a blues purist some of the best stuff they ever did. I about wore out the grooves on that record and appreciate being able to find this excellent combination of their Blue Thumb work. You will not be disappointed with their seasoned approach to the blues. It is one of the best. They went on to more success but these pure blues recordings show them at the height of their collaboration. There is nothing better then Tina shouting the blues with Ike and and a crack band behind them. It really is Simply the Best, long before Tina recorded a song with that same name. Buy it and you will enjoy it.

Ike and Tina Turner-Bold Soul Sister

I only wish I had been exposed to this great Blues when I was young. I am learning the true heart of Rock and Roll by listening to the Blues. Ike and Tina did it right. FreshGarbage


This is almost the same line-up of songs that was on the old LP "OUTA SEASON" (with Ike and Tina in white-face, eating watermelon, on the double cover) that I bought back in the 70's and just about wore out with playing, although I still have it in my collection. It is Tina at her soul-screeching best ... with that twangy Ike back up. It's ironic to hear her singing about being mistreated now that we know what was REALLY going on, but these are some of my favorite Tina songs ever.


Formed: 1959

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

As husband and wife, Ike & Tina Turner headed up one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit during the '60s and early '70s. Guitarist and bandleader Ike kept his ensemble tight and well-drilled while throwing in his own distinctively twangy plucking; lead vocalist Tina was a ferocious whirlwind of power and energy, a raw sexual dynamo who was impossible to contain when she hit the stage, leading some critics to call her the first female singer to embody the true spirit of rock & roll. In...
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