Bad Dreams is one of Ike's solo side projects, recorded during Ike & Tina’s peak commercial years in Ike’s Bolic Sound studio. 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 the Elmore James track 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 it showcases Turner as a bandleader, arranger, and producer, and that sharp funk tone of his guitar is always in there somewhere. The album was reissued in 2012 on the double CD Blues Roots / Bad Dreams.
Producer: Ike Turner, Warren Dawson, Soko Richardson
Recorded: Bolic Sound, March 1973
Illustration: W.T. Vinson
Design: Mike Salisbury
Release: July 1973 / 2012 (CD)
Label: United Artists / BGO (CD)
Format: Vinyl / CD