Ike & Tina Turner’s Greatest Hits is not really a greatest hits album, but a sampler from 1969 with selected live tracks from the previously released albums The Ike & Tina Turner Show (Vol. 1) and The Ike & Tina Turner Show (Vol. 2) - both from 1965. All tracks were recorded at the Skyliner Ballroom in Ft. Worth and the Lovann’s in Dallas, except Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You. The album was reissued on CD in 1999.
Written by Lowman, Pauling
Written by Sam Cooke
Written by Davis, Mitchell
Written by Ike Turner
Written by G.B. Gordy, B. Gordy Jr., R. Davis
Written by P. Woods, E. James, L. Kirkland
Written by Hickman, Jordan, Bartley
Written by D. Gibson
Written by F. Wilson, Gordon
Written by Ray Charles
All tracks produced by Robert A. "Bumps" Blackwell
Engineer: Dick McGrew
All selections with the exception of „Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You“ were recorded at Skyliner Ballroom in Ft. Worth, Texas, and at Lovann’s in Dallas, Texas
Liner notes by Christopher Bateman
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
When I say soul, I think of greasy food — I mean hot, greasy food. What do you think of when I say soul?
Tina Turner’s question was addressed to an experienced but insanely enthusiastic Dutch audience in the immense Symphony Hall in Amsterdam, Holland. Their response to Tina’s query was xxx shattering and immediate. It included random shoutings of the American words „soul music“, and grease amidst great decibels of Dutch emotions. It was obvious that the appearance of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue in Amsterdam had become a milestone in international communication.
Communication is the keynote here, Ike and Tina do it. Their music underlines language and culture. With Tina’s voice as a spearhead, they penetrate to the basic, to those feelings and emotions which though buried in some of us, are present in all of us. Words are part of the feeling, but no dictionary is needed to experience this album, it’s all in front of you.
Ike and Tina have been around for a few years now, and this collection of their past hits is a powerful summary of hundreds of shows and of a thousand moments of pure, emotional, live communication. For some listeners, this album will be a completely new sensation and for others, it will be a necessary reprise. But no matter who you are, you will feel this LP. Whether it is putting a cutting edge on Sam Cooke („Good Times“), doing ultimate justice to Ray Charles („A Fool For You“) or singing their own souls („It’s All Over“), Ike and Tina Turner never fail to penetrate.
— Christopher Bateman