Bad Dreams is one of some solo side projects, which Ike recorded during Ike & Tina’s peak commercial years. It is pretty weird, full of spoken word monologues and other little oddities, but it also has some marvelous tracks, including a stunning version of Elmore James' Dust My Broom, a joyous romp with swampy rhythms and girl group backup vocals that builds to a tremendous gospel-like crescendo. Then there's "Rats," an odd spoken word rant about rats that is both irritating and musically fascinating. Ike definitely wasn't aiming for the commercial charts with this album, but showcase Turner as a bandleader, arranger, and producer, and that sharp funk tone of his guitar is always in there somewhere. The album was released in July 1973 from United Artists Records on vinyl and was reissued from BGO Records on compact disc on the double CD Blues Roots / Bad Dreams in 2012.

Ike Turner - Bad Dreams - Album
Ike Turner - Bad Dreams - Album

A1. These Dreams 2:54

A2. That’s How Much I Love You 2:56

A3. One Nite Stand 3:29

A4. Dust My Broom 3:53

Single release in 1973

A5. Don’t Hold Your Breath 3:47

A6. (You Can’t Have) The City 3:43

B1. Flockin’ With You 2:52

B2. Take A Walk With Me 3:30

B3. You Won’t Let Me Go 3:44

B4. Later For You Baby 2:41

B5. Rats 4:01

B6. I Love The Way You Love 2:45

Recorded At Bolic Sound, Inglewood, California. March 1973

All tracks written by Ike Turner
Produced by Ike Turner, Warren Dawson & Soko Richardson
Arranged by Ike Turner
Engineers: Ike Turner, Barry Keene & John Mills
Cover Illustration & Abum Design by Mike Salisbury


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