Workin’ Together (The Best of the Rest) is a sampler album with some original Ike & Tina songs from the Seventies, some cover versions and two live songs which were taken from the 1969 album In Person. As a special bonus, it includes also a previously unreleased live version of the song I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, which is only available on this album. It was released from EMI / America Records in 1986 on vinyl and cassette with comprehensive liner notes on the back cover.

Ike & Tina Turner - Workin' Together - The Best Of The Rest - Sampler

Vinyl (USA) - Front Cover

Ike & Tina Turner - Workin' Together - The Best Of The Rest - Sampler

Vinyl (USA) - Back Cover

A1. Come Together 3:41

Written: John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Come Together"

A2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Live) 3:30

Written: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "In Person"

A3. Workin’ Together 3:35

Written: Eki Renrut / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Workin’ Together"

A4. Sweet Rhode Island Red 3:24

Written: Tina Turner / Produced: Ike Turner, Claude Williams, Soko Richardson, Warren Dawson / From the album "Sweet Rhode Island Red"

A5. Sexy Ida (Part II) 3:01

Written: Tina Turner / Produced: Ike Turner, Claude Williams, Gerhard Augustin / From the "Sexy Ida" single release

A6. River Deep, Mountain High (Live) 2:19

Written: Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced: Ike Turner, Warren Dawson, Soko Richardson, Jackie Clark / From the album "The World of Ike & Tina"

B1. Funky Street (Live Instrumental) 1:56

Written: Arthur Conley, Earl Simms / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "In Person"

B2. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Live) 5:56

Written: O. Redding, J. Butler / Produced: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version

B3. Acid Queen 3:01

Written: Pete Townsend / Produced: Dennie Diante, Spencer Proffer / From the album "Acid Queen"

B4. Goodbye, So Long 2:12

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "The Soul of Ike & Tina"

B5. Let It Be 3:11

Written: John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Workin’ Together"

All tunes previously released (except „I’ve Been Loving You Too Long“ an unreleased version) & digitally remastered by Ron McMaster at EMI America studios

One of my earliest musical memories was the sound of Ike & Tina Turner on the English pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. It was a relevatory experience.
Even now, the choral wave of Tina wailing through Phil Spector’s "wall of sound“ on that classic soulful, spine-tingling tour de force "River Deep - Mountain High“ remains a vivid image in my adolescent memory and is also an essential part of pop’s early consciousness.
Althoug Tina Turner now appeals to a whole new generation of fans, many of whom weren’t even born when "Nutbush CIty Limits“ or "A Fool In Love" were high on the charts, her appeal is still based on a raw emotion an excitment that only a few performers can summon.
The story begins in the early Fifties when Ike Turner first made his way from his home state of Mississippi up to Memphis, where he started producing acts for the Modern label, including some of Howling Wolf’s earliest sessions. Around 1951, the young Turner produced what many have referred to as the "first rock and roll record“ called "Rocket 88“ by Jackie Brenston, who was actually the saxophonist in Turner’s band.
However it was when he met a young singer by the name of Annie Mae Bullock that history was to be made. The pair were married and Annie changed her name to Tina. "A Fool In Love“ was Ike & Tina’s first R & B chart success in 1960, just two years later.
A combination of spicy, rich, lusty vocals with the touch of menace and rich bone shaking scream soon had Ike and Tina burning up the stage at the likes of St. Louis’ Club Riviera. They appeared on Spector’s The Big T.N. Show, a similar package to the TAMI show, which featured Ronnie Spector, Ray Charles and Bo Diddley.
Live, Ike & Tina Turner were hard to beat. The extraordinary dynamism of the prowling Tina took the whole concept of concert performance to new heights. With the Ikettes, they ignited stages across America and around the world. Ike dancing and sweating, Tina prowling, howling, preening and threatening  - these two really work together.
Tina, dressed in leather bikini, looked resplendent as the sex goddess of R & B, always given to displaying one of her legs, as she freely admits one of her greatest assets. (In recent concerts, she has performed tongue-in-cheek version’s of ZZ Top’s classic rocker, "Legs“) Obviously Tina has aged well and those legs still don’t look so bad today.
After Ike & Tina opened up for the Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour of America, the couple’s hit success continued with more blistering interpretations of some of pop music’s greatest songs - "I Want To Take You Higher" and "Proud Mary,“ which became a Top 5 smash, among them. Many tunes took an a whole new life after Tina had her way with them.
In 1974, the couple split, both professionally and personally, but Tina soon showed herself to be one of the venerable ladies of rock and roll, as well as R & B, when she gave a shivering, explosive portayal of the Acid Queen in Ken Russell’s 1975 film version of "Tommy".

The Rolling Stones once again asked Tina to open another American tour in 1982, thirteen years after the first one. Tina vamped it up, joining with Jagger for an unforgettable duet on "Honky Tonk Women.“ ● Subsequently, Heaven 17, English art-rockers and American R & B fans asked Tina to sing on their version of Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together". "What’s Love Got To Do With It" followd and than the rest, they say is recent history.
This album is the second in a series of retrospectives looking at the legendary and tumultous careers of Ike and Tina. The first "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine" represents the earlier R & B years and some of the classic tracks they recorded for the Sun label throughout the Sixties.
This volume documents much of the work from the late Sixties and early Seventies. Here is Tina’s classic "Acid Queen“;  defenitive R & B versions of Lennon/McCartney’s "Let It Be" and "Come Together" as well as other blistering covers like Marvin Gaye’s "I Heard It Through The Grapevine,“ a worthy companion piece to the smash chart hit "Proud Mary.“
More significantly for true Ike & Tina fans, there are dramatic reworkings of two all-time chestnuts. Otis Redding’s "I’ve Been Loving You Too Long“ given the true Tina treatment in a version originally recorded for Minit Records but heretofore unreleased, and a live remake of "River Deep Mountain High". This performance, recorded on tour in Europe in 1974 just before the pair split up for the last time, shows just how much Tina’s voice is the vessel of such soulful expression on this Anthem of American adolescence.
This collection also includes the old Arthur Conley gem "Funky Street,“ that benefits from that irrepressible surge of energy that this duo can master as Ike shakes, rattles and rolls and Tina soared above his bubbling baritone with her siren’s wail. She struts her stuff once again in "Sexy Ida (Part II)“, and Ike shows off his vocals on the rarely heard cut "Goodbye, So Long.“
"Workin’ Together," the title track is also from the sessions that bore "Goodbye So Long.“ This album documents a time when "Workin’ Together" was really what Ike and Tina were all about. With Tina Turner still one of our greatest pop singers, the pioneers remain out there ahead of the pack. Tina serves as an inspiration to endless youth, whether it be her longtime believe in the Buddhist religion, her vegetarian diet and meditaion on her extraordinary ability to remain strong and self-assured after a lifetime in the music business. Their career as a duo and now Tina’s solo career has spanned 25 years and covered every spectrum of contemporary music form R & B, soul, gospel, blues and rock and roll.
Although his contribution has also been significant, it has certainly been har for Ike living in the shadow of his former wife’s success as she rides the crest of huge worldwide popularity, fueled by the now classic Bighties pop anthem "What’s Love Got To Do With It.“ It is another milestone in a career that, starting with "River Deep Mountain High“ contains among it’s many jewels, two timeless pop classics two decades apart, that mus surely seal a future place for Ike & Tina in Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame.

John Sutton-Smith


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