40 Rare Recordings is a two disc set, including many previously unreleased songs and instrumentals as well as alternate versions of original Ike & Tina Turner tracks. On the song „Tweedlee Dee“ it’s not really clear who is singing the lead vocals. The album was released in 1990 from streetlife Records in Europe on 2x compact disc under the title 40 Rare Recordings and 38 Rare Recordings. Many of the songs were also released on different titled records like the sampler Golden Empire (2 CD).

Ike & Tina Turner - 40 Rare Recordings - Sampler

CD (Europe) - Front Cover

cd 1

1.1. Proud Mary (Funky Version) 2:36

Written by John Fogerty / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "Workin’ Together"

1.2. I Know 2:44

Written by Barbara George / From the album "Golden Empire"

1.3. Shame, Shame, Shame 2:45

Written by Sylvia Robinson / From the album "The Edge"

1.4. Somethings Got A Hold On Me 2:33

Written by Pearl Woods, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland / Previously unreleased track

1.5. Baby, Get It On (Alternative Version) 3:02

Written by Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals from Tina & Ike / Originally released on the album "Acid Queen"

1.6. Get Back (Alternative Version) 2:47

Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "Workin’ Together"

1.7. Tweedlee Dee 3:23

Written by W. Scott / Previously unreleased track with unknown lead vocals

1.8. Stagger Lee 2:43

Written by Harold Logan, Lloyd Price / Previously unreleased track

1.9. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (Alternative Version) 2:18

Written by Rosemary McCay, Joe Seneca / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals from Tina & Ike /Originally released on the album "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine"

1.10. Drift Away 3:11

Written by Menior Williams / From the album "Nutbush City Limits"

1.11. Louie Louie 2:34

Written by Richard Berry / Previously unreleased track

1.12. Only Women Bleed 3:49

Written by Dick Wagner, Alice Cooper / From the album "The Edge"

1.13. Ain’t That A Shame 2:26

Written by Domino, Bartholomew / Previously unreleased track

1.14. Feel It (aka Don’t Fight It, Feel It) 2:01

Written by Sam Cooke / Previously unreleased track

1.15. Knock On Wood 2:34

Written by Steve Cropper, Eddy Floyd / Previously unreleased track

1.16. What You Don’t See (Is Better Yet) 3:20

Written by Ike Turner, Tina Turner, Leon Ware, Calvin Lane / Previously unreleased version with live overdubs / Originally released on the album "Nuff Said"

1.17. Shake 2:39

Written by Sam Cooke / Previously unreleased track

1.18. Down In The Valley 2:27

Written by Ike Turner / Previously unreleased track

1.19. Ya Ya 2:40

Written by Morris Levy, Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis / Previously unreleased track

1.20. The Locomotion 1:54

Written by Goffin, King / Previously unreleased track

cd 2

2.1. Lean On Me 3:07

Written by W. Harrison, B. Whithers / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "The Edge"

2.2. You Paid Me Back 3:26

Previously unreleased track

2.3. Ode To Billy Joe (mono) 4:09

Written by Bobby Gentry, Larry Shayne / Previously unreleased track

2.4. Sliding (Instrumental) 4:46

Written: Unknown / Previously unreleased track

2.5. When I Lost My Baby 2:33

Written by Ike & Tina Turner / Previously unreleased track

2.6. I Got My Mojo Working 3:12

Written by M. Morganfield / Previously unreleased track

2.7. Woke Up This Morning 3:05

Written by R. King, J. Taub / Previously unreleased track

2.8. Funky Ball (Instrumental) 3:34

Written: Unknown / Previously unreleased track

2.9. Ain’t Nobody’s Business (Alternative Version) 3:39

Written by Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "So Fine"

2.10. It’s My Own Fault 3:05

Written by R. King, J. Taub / Previously unreleased track

2.11. Money 2:34

Written by J. Bradford, B. Gordy Jr. / Previously unreleased track

2.12. De Funk (Instrumental) 3:57

Written: Unknown / Previously unreleased track

2.13. Driftin’ 2:25

Written by Ike Turner, Tina Turner / Previously unreleased track

2.14. Sit And Hold Your Hand 2:48

Written: Robey / Previously unreleased track

2.15. Tuff Looked Up 3:52

Written: Unknown / Previously unreleased track

2.16. White On White (Instrumental) 4:15

Written by B. Ross, L. Crane / Previously unreleased track

2.17. No More Lovin’ 3:26

Written by A. Birmingham, D. Wynne / Previously unreleased track

2.18. Doo Wah Ditty (That’s The City) (Alternative Version) 4:39

Written by Rhonda Graam / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the "Up In Heah" single b-side

All tracks: Produced by Ike Turner
Coverdesign / Pre-Press: Jan Douze / Park Press b.v.

Imagine, if you can, East St. Louis in the mid-fifties. A wild black city sitting half-way up the Mississippi between Memphis and Chicago with incomparable nightlife - every kind of cathouse, nightclub and gambling den with stakes rolling higher than Vegas, and music hot and raw from the new breed of rhythm-and-blues dance bands. Hottest - and coolest - of all were the Kings of Rhythm, led by charismatic Ike Turner, a musical genius from the delta town of Clarksdale. 

Ike’s credentials were impeccable. A stylishly innovative blues guitarist and keyboard wizard, he’d written, produced and played on Jackie Brenston’s 'Rocket 88', a 1951 hit dubbed by Presley mentor Sam Phillips the first "rock’n roll record“. As talent scout for the Bihari Brothers, Ike discovered blues giant Howlin’ Wold himself. But for all his skills, Ike had a problem. He was stuck in the southern R&B circuit and needed a big hit record to get out.

Enter Anna Mae Bullock at Ike’s Manhattan Club residency. Skinny Anna loved Ike’s music but got ignored till one night she grabbed the and began singing while Ike was doodling away during the intermission on the B.B. King tune 'You Know I Love You‘. Ike flipped and Anna was in, becoming a featured vocalist with the Kings of Rhythm. In 1960 her big chance came when Art Lassiter backed down on recording Ike’s song 'A Fool In Love' and Anna got to sing.

In New York, Sue Records Juggy Muray heard the scorching down-home vocal, picked up the side - credited by Ike to 'Ike and Tina Turner' - and in a few month 'A Fool In Love' hit the top thirty. Now bound together by name, success and inclination, Ike and Tina graduated out the R&B circuit into the big time, and the Kings of Rhythm became The Ike And Tina Turner Revue. 

There were ups and downs. A slew of early hits were followed by a lull, but nevertheless the Revue kept working 365 days a year. In 1966, Tina who’d metamorphosed from a skinny kid to the sexiest singer around, caught the attention of Phil Spector who paid Ike twenty thousand dollars to use her on his masterpiece 'River Deep Mountain High‘. It grave Ike and Tina their first UK smash and the subsequent British and European tour helped Tina feel the first stirrings of independece in a relationship that was growing more and more violent and oppressive.

During their final years together, Ike built his own custom-made studio in LA where the tracks in this album were cut. Immaculately produced by Ike, they reflect the changing pattern of rhythm-and-blues as it becomes soul and then disco-funk. Fascinating reworkings of their biggest US hits 'Proud Mary' and 'It’s Gonna Work Out Fine‘ (with witty interjections from Ike) are included, together with their penultimate single 'Baby, Get It On' and a moving interpretation of the Alice Cooper standard 'Only Women Bleed'.

They also handle with equal verve and musicality a diverse batch of R&B oldies, pop and soul hits, and straight-ahead rockers. The personal problems besetting them drop away when we hear the music they could make together, the sparsely-intelgent arrangements and high degree of musicianship underpinning Tina’s searing soulful vocals. These tracks are the swan-song of a breathtaking era, a legacy as fresh, invigorating and deeply personal as anything ever recorded by the greatest duo ever to emerge from the great rhythm-and-blues era.

Sleeve notes by Norman Jopling

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