Bad Dreams from 1973 is one of some solo side projects, which Ike recorded during the peak commercial years for Ike & Tina Turner. It is pretty weird, full of spoken word monologues and other little oddities, but it also has some marvelous tracks, including a stunning version of Elmore James' Dust My Broom - which was also released as a single the same year - a joyous romp with swampy rhythms and girl group backup vocals that builds to a tremendous gospel-like crescendo. Then there's "Rats," an odd spoken word rant about rats that is both irritating and musically fascinating. Ike definitely wasn't aiming for the commercial charts with this album, but showcase Turner as a bandleader, arranger, and producer, and that sharp funk tone of his guitar is always in there somewhere. The album was reissued on CD in 2012 togehter with the album Blues Roots.
★ Single release in 1973
Recorded At Bolic Sound, Inglewood, California. March 1973
All tracks written by Ike Turner
Produced by Ike Turner, Warren Dawson & Soko Richardson
Arranged by Ike Turner
Engineers: Ike Turner, Barry Keene & John Mills
Cover Illustration & Abum Design by Mike Salisbury