Ike & Tina Turner are not so much known about their records, but because of their live shows. They were the hottest and most unusual R&B performers of their time, constantly on the road all over America in small clubs for 300 days a year. With the success of River Deep - Mountain High in 1966, they developed their show more into rock’n roll and toured for the first time Europe and Australia. From The Rolling Stones, they were invited in 1966 to open their UK tour and once again in 1969 for their North American tour. With this wider audience profile in their home country, The lke and Tina Turner Revue was guest on many variety shows and picked up the opportunity to perform in the casinos of Las Vegas. In the seventies with hits like „Proud Mary,“ Nutbush City Limits and I Want To Take You Higher, Ike & Tina toured all over the world in big arenas. They were also the first show act to outsold the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. The setlist from their concerts changed constantly, so it’s impossible to list all songs they performed live. To get an idea of their shows, you can listen to such fantastic live albums like What You Hear Is What You Get or The World Of Ike & Tina or watch the home video Live in ’71.
She comes on like a tornado, bursting onstage in a white-and-gold, beaded micromini, her lithe, caramel-colored torso swaying, her arms undulating to the rhythm of "Son of a Preacher Man." Constantly moving, she shouts, she stomps, her tawny hair flying and her body glistening in the hot lights.
This is Tina Turner, 31, one-time choir singer from Tennessee, The mother of five children and all sex and soul.
Her voice — loud, sure, rough, reminiscent of old time gospel shouters — caresses the lyrics: "Heeee's the only one who could evah reeeech me," she moans ecstatically, stroking the mike as the Brothers in the audience shout "Right on."
"... The sonnn uva preeecha man," glancing flirtatiously at the guitarist, Ike Turner, her husband, arranger and partner of 12 years, the son of a Mississippi minister.
"Ohhhh babbbeee, a luv like yours don't come knock, knock, knockin' every'dayyy ..."
Then Tina switches gears to a slow, heart-rending blues, "Worries and troubles ..." reflecting the long decade of paying their dues in honky-tonk clubs and one-night stands, "...won't let me be."
But now they've reached the top, a spread in Life, records like "Working Together" on the Top 40 charts, plans for a movie, international concert tours — Frankfurt last week, Stuttgart, Munich next Wednesday.
Backed by the Rhythm Kings and three leggy chicks called the Ikettes, the funky, raucous tunes tumble on: "Come Together" ... "Mountain High" ... Ike and Tina take "Proud Mary," rip it up and rework it. "We never do anything nice 'n' easy," purrs Tina backstage later. "We do it nice 'n' rough."
"You know," adds Ike, "we work and live together — that's a 24-hour operation and it's not easy, but we got a beautiful thing going."
Like, say, pouring electricity into the audience with Jimmy Read's "Baby, What You Want Me to Do."
Ah, Tina, baby, as if you didn't know.
NEW YORK — Tina Turner could get away with a below average voice. So much does she have going for her in the visual department, particularly when all the visuals are in full motion with the three Ikettes, backwards and forwards across the Felt Forum stage. The fact that Mrs. Turner’s voice is better than her dancing — just as gutsy and driving but a little more subtle and erotic — is just that much bonus points.
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue made one of its rare New York appearances Saturday (22) and grabbed themselves a sustained ovation after a couple of numbers and a standing one at the end.
Blue Thumb's Turner Revue shows an awareness of things outside the pure soul market, maybe as a result of association with Phil Spector and
working with rock groups (they toured Britain with the Rolling Stones four years ago, an excellent introduction to the mounting rock scene).
Tina Turner singing "Come Together" adds another dimension to the Beatles’ song and "Honky Tonk Woman" is a heavy blues item, courtesy both. of them. And, of course, there is "River Deep, Mountain High" a song that shines with superiority even in the limited live arrangement. It is still amazing why this never emerged as a major hit in the U.S. as it was in Britain.
Atlantic’s Sam and Dave topped the bill, complete with 12-piece running, jumping, standing still band, had a hard time getting the audience back but managed it. Altogether it was a superior evening of soul.