Golden Empire is a two record set, including re-mastered and remixed versions of original recordings as well as some previously unreleased songs. Over the years a total of four singles were released, including the wonderful Steve Wonder song Living For The City. The album was released in November 1985 from Striped Horse Records in America and in 1986 from Striped Horse / Teldec Records in Europe on 2x vinyl, cassette and compact disc.

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A1. Mississippi Rolling Stone 3:41

Written by T. Seals, D. Goodman / Original album: "Sweet Rhode Island Red"

A2. Living For The City 3:42

Written by Steve Wonder / Original album: "Sweet Rhode Island Red"
Single release in 1986

A3. Golden Empire 3:48

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased
Single release in 1986

A4. I’m Looking For My Mind 3:11

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

A5. Shake A Hand 3:38

Written by Morris / Previously Unreleased
Single release in 1986

B1. Bootsie Whitelaw 4:05

Written by Ike Turner / Original album: "Acid Queen"

B2. Too Much Man For One Woman 3:06

Written by Tina Turner / Original album: "Delilah’s Power"

B3. I Know (You Don’t Want Me No More) 3:27

Written by George / Original album: "The Hunter"

B4. Rockin’ And Rollin’ 3:16

Written by Ike Turner / Original album: "Acid Queen"

B5. Never Been To Spain 3:00

Written by H. Axton / Original album: "Delilah’s Power"

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A1. Sugar, Sugar 2:43

Written by J. Berry, A. Kim / Original album: "Delilah’s Power"

A2. Push 5:06

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

A3. Raise Your Hand 2:31

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased
Single release in 2005

A4. Tina’s Prayer 3:04

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

A5. Chicken 3:22

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

B1. If You Want It 2:39

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

B2. Let’s Get It On 2:43

Written by Ike Turner / Original album: "Acid Queen" / Lead vocals by Ike & Tina Turner

B3. You’re Up To Something 3:52

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased

B4. You’re Still My Baby 2:12

Written by Chuck Willis / Original album: "The Hunter"

B5. Jesus 3:28

Written by Ike Turner / Previously Unreleased / Lead vocals by Ike Turner

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Bass Guitar: Warren Datson / Rhythm Guitar: Rick Ellis / Keyboard: Richard Gibbs / Rhythm Guitar, Drums: Richard Griffin / Bass Guitar: Kerry Hatch / Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar: Joe Kelly / Drums: Soko Richardson / Lead Guitar, Drums, Keyboard: lke Turner / Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard: Ike Tumer Jr. / Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar: Michael Turner / Bass Guitar: Ronnie Turner / Horns, Keyboard: Claude Williams / Rhythm Guitar: Eric Williams / Keyboards: Charles Wilson / Bass Guitar: Robert Wilson / Horns, Keyboard: Ronny Wilson

Produced, engineered and arranged by Ike Turner
Recorded at Bolic Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Producers: Carlo Nasi and Don Murray
Remixed at Sunset Sound Factory by Carlo Nasi and Don Murray
Assisted by Doug Schwartz and Tchad Blake
Liner Notes: Todd Everett, LA Herald Examiner
Cover: New Eyes

Special thanks to Doug Schwartz, Scott Bergstein, Joshua White, and Oliver Sain

Liner Notes

As virtually anybody with a radio or television is well aware, Tina Turner is perhaps the most sizzling vocalists to ever face a microphone. Her raspy soulful and energetic voice is among the most distinctive in rock; if more singers could even begin to sound like her, it'd also be one of the most influential.

Remarkably, as these notes are written, Tina Tumer is well into her third decade of hitmaking, and also at her peak of popularity.

For the first fifteen years or so of her professional career, Tina was the protegee and wife of Ike Turner, himself a talented composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Together, Ike & Tina Turner fronted one of the most exciting live shows ever seen, and they recorded dozens upon dozens of sides together. The material on "Golden Empire" released here for the first time, was recorded near the end of their long and productive association. It stands today as a fine reminder of Ike & Tina in their glory years.

The story began one night in 1958 in East St. Louis, Missouri. Onstage were Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, an act well-known in the area. Eight years earlier, Turner and the first edition of the group moved from their native Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee. There, they recorded for the then-new Sun label. "Rocket 88," cut by Ike's band and issued under the name of vocalist Jackie Brenston, was a 1951 hit that is thought of by some fans as being the world’s first rock 'n' roll record; Turner continued as a bandleader and talent scout for the label, credited with discovering the now-legendary blues singer Howlin’ Wolf. Turner then served as a Memphis-based scout and producer for the Los Angeles-based Modern label; he brought them Elmore James. Turner moved to East St Louis in 1955.

Annie Mae Bullock — who'd moved to St. Louis with her mother and sister from Nutbush, an area near Brownsville, Tennessee — may not have known about Ike's credentials, or even that he'd recorded with an early wife as Ike & Bonnie Turner. But Bullock did know that he led a strong band, and (so goes the story) took relatively little persuasion from her friends to jump on the bandstand and join the group for a couple of numbers.

Some time later, when Ike was recording a demonstration tape of a new song he'd written, his regular female singer wasn't available. Turner called Annie Mae Bullock in, "Tina Tumer" was born, and the song "A Fool in Love," licensed to Sue Records in New York, entered the pop charts in late 1960, eventually placing within the Top 30.

The hits continued, including "l Idolize You," and "lt's Gonna Work Out Fine" for Sue, and then a stint on Modern. In 1965, they were invited by music producer Phil Spector to participate in "The Big T.N.T. Show," a live concert that was taped and then transferred to film for theatrical release in a process "inspired by" 1964's successful "T.A.M.I. Show."

Thus began an association with Spector that climaxed with two of his finest productions ever: a remake of Martha and the Vandellas' "A Love Like Yours" and the original version of "River Deep, Mountain High."

Later in the Sixties, Ike & Tina signed with Blue Thumb Records, for a couple of albums that drew heavily from Ike's blues roots and resulted in a couple of hits ("The Hunter," and "Sweet Soul Sister") as well as the song that would come to be a highlight of their live concerts, "I’ve Been Loving You Too Long." In 1969, lke & Tina were invited by Mick Jagger to open the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour.

From approximately 1970, Ike & Tina (who had recorded for any number of smaller labels between their stints with those mentioned) signed with the company that owned the Minit, Liberty, and United Artists labels, and released singles and albums for all three. Though there were many solid sessions during this period, perhaps the best~known was the one that resulted in Ike & Tina's 1971 Top-5 single revival of John Fogertys "Proud Mary."

In 1976, shortly after the material in this album was recorded, Tina Tumer split from Ike, launching a solo career that took off almost immediately with lengthy tours of the United States and Europe and a featured role as the Acid Queen in Ken Russell's 1975 feature film, "Tommy."

In 1982, at just about the time she was touring as opening act for The Rolling Stones (and joined Mick onstage for a blistering duet of "Honky Tonk Woman"), Tina was invited to guest star on a version of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," by the contemporary British group Heaven 17. That session led to the band’s Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh producing Tina's own single, a version of Al Green’s "Lets Stay Together."

Released in 1984, it quickly became Tina's best-selling solo single to that time; a success, that was quickly eclipsed by the follow~up "Whats Love Got to Do with It," which reached #1 — an honor she’d approached, but never reached, in earlier times. At the age of 45, Tina Turner had at last been acknowledged by the general public for the talent that she’d shown again and again for nearly a quarter century.

The songs on "Golden Empire" are a typical sampling of rock and r&b standards like Barbara George's "I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)" (1961), Faye Adams' "Shake a Hand" (1955) and Three Dog Night’s "Never Been to Spain" (1972); contemporary tunes including Stevie Wonders then just-released "Living for the City;" and funky, witty Ike Tumer originals. The Turners spent so much time in the studio that Ike had built his own "Bolic Sound" (a play on Annie Mae's last name) in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood; that's where these sessions were held. The 1985 remixes were supervised by Striped Horse Records’ chief Carlo Nasi and Philadelphia International veteran engineer Don Murray.

Todd Everett
Los Angeles Herald Examiner


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