The Gospel According To Ike And Tina remains as one of Ike & Tina's most obscure and underrated album and reflect one of the more unusual steps the couple took in their recording career. Musically, it features new arrangements of gospel standards with heavy use of Ike’s new synthesizers. The lead vocals are from Ike Turner, Tina Turner and Ike & Tina Turner together. The song „Amazing Grace“ was rerecorded from Tina in 2014 for the Beyond album Love Within.


Released April 1974 from United Artists Records on vinyl, The Gospel According received a Grammy nomination in the category „Best Soul Gospel Performance“ the next year. It was first reissued on compact disc from Fuel Records in 2002 and once again from BGO Records in 2012 on the double CD Sweet Rhode Island Red / The Gospel According to Ike & Tina.

ike & Tina Turner - The Gospel According to Ike And Tina - Album
ike & Tina Turner - The Gospel According to Ike And Tina - Album

A1. Father Alone 4:20

Written by S. Taylor / Lead vocals by Ike Turner
Single release in 1974

A2. Walk With Me (I Need You Lord To Be My Friend) 3:41

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Tina Turner

A3. Glory, Glory 3:14

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Tina Turner

A4. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 6:17

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Ike Turner

A5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus 2:54

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Tina Turner

B1. Amazing Grace 2:39

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Ike & Tina Turner

B2. Take My Hand Precious Lord 2:53

Written by T. A. Dorsey / Lead vocals by Ike Turner

B3. Nearer The Cross 2:30

Written by C. W. Dieckmann, F. J. Crosby / Lead vocals by Tina Turner

B4. Our Lord Will Make A Way 3:43

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Tina Turner

B5. When The Saints Go Marching In 3:07

Arranged & Adapted by Ike Turner / Lead vocals by Ike & Tina Turner

Produced and Arranged by Ike Turner
Recorded at Bolic Sound, Inglewood, California — October-November, 1973
Album Design by John Kehe
Photography by Fred Valentine
Synthesizers by ARP Instruments, Needham, Mass.

ike & Tina Turner - The Gospel According to Ike And Tina - Promo

In the beginning there was an idea. Ike & Tina Turner wanted to re-examine their gospel roots in the light of their explosive pop/soul sound.

In the middle there was a recording session. And the results were so uplifting and exciting, that Ike & Tina went ahead and recorded all their favorite gospel songs.

In the end there is,
"The Gospel According to Ike & Tina"
A new album from Ike & Tina Turner
on United Artists Records & Tapes
Been to church lately?

Billboard Magazine
April 27, 1974

You have but to listen to the instrumental sounds which are churning and curling behind Tina's voice on "Glory, Glory" to realize that this gospel LP is a strong and successlul attempt to bring the commercial world at soul music to the church. Not the church to soul music as is usually the case. The weakest point in the LP is lke's vocalizings. Otherwise the project makes lots of sense for all the energy and urgency of the Tumer’s music is aptly put to use on this their first LP of gospel tunes. There is enough church choir sounds behind the instruments to take us all on a religious trip.

Best cuts: "What a Friend We Have ln Jesus." "Glory. Glory."

Dealers: This is commercial, not pure gospel, so it can be stocked with the Turner's other soul products.