The Soul of Ike & Tina is a compilation album from 1965 and should not to be confused with The Soul of Ike & Tina from 1961 - Ike & Tina’s debut album. It contains almost previously released singles and b-sides, as well as some new songs. The complete album with additional bonus tracks was reissued on CD in 1994.
★ Single release in 1965
★ Single release in 1963
★ Single release in 1966
★ Single release in 1965
All tracks written and produced by Ike Turner
On the financial pages the initials ITT may denote one of the greats in the industrial world . . . but in the world of music . . . the same initials stand for two talented people: Ike and Tina Turner. And firmly etched in the grooves of this LP are the sounds that make up the "Soul of Ike & Tina".
Soul is one of those words that is hard to describe. It's even hard to talk about. Soul is one of those things that if you have it then theres no more to be said. And if you’re not too sure just what it is . . then there’s not much to do . . . except to encourage you to get out and look for it. Yet, that's not so hard as it might formerly have been. For in this KENT LP are some of the better sounds of Soul.
Titles of songs associated with the world of Soul can range from the very tender to the ridiculous. But most of them have a meaning . . or a clue . . . as to what the tune itself is trying to say. For example, Ike and Tina's version of "Goodbye, So Long" doesn't take much imagination to figure out. The sad-soul type of song. A bit of derision surges up in the song "If I Can't Be First". Ike and Tina rock this one that suggests that if "I Can't Be First". . . then later, baby . . . and l'll see you'll around. A song that is exuberance personified filters through the words of "It's Crazy, Baby".
But after all . . . it isn't the title that makes a song. That's only the handle to pick it up by. It's the song. And in this instance., it's the grouping of songs . . . combined with the undeniable talents of the Turners, Ike and Tina . . . that makes this LP unique. A backing that rocks along and keeps the tempo moving that supports, but never gets in the way, of the two stars of this pressing. So whatever your mood . . . in the "Soul of Ike and Tina" you'll find at least a couple of tracks that seem to make it. And when you've listened . . . you'll know the meaning of Soul. And you'll be more than somewhat delighted with the outstanding talents of Ike and Tina.