Don’t Play Me Cheap is Ike & Tina’s third album, released in 1963 on Sue Records with the title track as the only single. The song „I Made A Promise Up Above“ was the b-side track of the single Dear John in 1966. The album was reissued on CD in 1996 and and once again in 2004 on the double CD Don’t Play Me Cheap / It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.
★ Single release in 1963
Written by Ike Turner
Produced by Ike Turner
except track B2:
Written by M. Mayfield, B5: V. Young, E. Heyman
Directed by Juggy Murray
Arrangements by Rene Hall & Jesse Herrin
Cover design: Frank Lerner
This album is available in Stereo and Monaural.
There has never been a team quite like Sue Records Ike and Tina Turner, and now, making the vocal solo scene, Tina proves herself a performer and show-woman nonpareil.
Aided by the fine hand of hubby Ike, who stays to cleff some of the numbers and play the guitar and piano in fine style, Tina applies her pulsating rhythm sense to uptempo tunes with devastating effect. Then she turns around (and around) and croons a love ballad with an earthy, emotional feel that leaves the listener humble with admiration.
So listen to Tinas driving renditions of "Wake Up," "Mama Tell Him" and "I Made A Promise Up Above" plus her rockaballad versions of "Don't Play Me Cheap," Pretend," "Look Through Me," "Forever Mine" and "My Everything To Me".
These songs were inspired choices to bring out Tina's rare ability to be equally at home with a shouting, screaming pulser, or a tender ballad that gives her a chance to show off her more gentle, kittenish side.
As a nightclub attraction Ike and Tina have wowed em from coast to coast, and as recording stars they have no peers. And Tina's dynamic performance in this her latest Sue album firmly places the attractive, shapely star in the annals of all-time great disk stars.
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