Good Old Times is a sampler with many previously unreleased songs and alternate versions of original Ike & Tina Turner tracks. The song „Oh My My“ was performed by Ike & Tina live in their late concerts, but they never released a studio version. „Something“ was only released previously on a 10“ promo one sided stereo acetate in 1972 and „Games People Play“ was intended for release in 1972 on United Artists (50939), but was then never officially released. „Soul Deep“ is a remastered version taken from the Tina solo album Good Hearted Woman. The song „Night Time Is The Right Time“ was also recorded from Tina in 1978 for her solo album Rough. The booklet contains extensive liner notes and all pictures were photographed by Norman Seeff. Many of the songs were also released on different titled records worldwide.

The album was produced by Ike & Tina’s former manager Gerhard Augustin, and was released in 1991 from BELL Records in Europe on compact disc. It is also part of the 2 CD set „Fantastic! Their Greatest Hits“ together with the sampler Those Were The Days, which was also released from BELL Records in 1991.

Ike & Tina Turner - Good Old Times - Sampler

CD (Europe) - Front Cover

1. Baby, Get It On (Alternative Version) 3:11

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

2. Mr. Right 2:14

Written: Ike Turner, Tina Turner / Previously unreleased track

3. Bootsie Whitelaw 4:09

Written: Eki Renrut / Produced: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals by Ike Turner / Originally released on the album "Acid Queen"

4. Oh My My 3.15

Written: Paul McCartney, John Lennon / Previously unreleased track

5. Games People Play 2:51

Written: Joe South / Previously unreleased track

6. So Fine (Alternative Version) 4:15

Written: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals by Ike & Tina Turner / Originally released on the album "So Fine"

7. Something 4:18

Written: George Harrison / Previously unreleased track

8. Soul Deep (Remastered) 2:34

Written: D. Elbert, Kris Kristofferson / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "Good Hearted Woman"

9. You Got To Work It 3:05

Written: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased track

10. I Can’t Believe What You Say (Alternative Version) 3:35

Written: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals by Ike Turner / Originally released on the "I Can’t Believe What You Say" single

11. Stormy Weather 3:25

Written: C. Blackwell / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals by Ike Turner / Originally released on the album "Delilah’s Power"

12. Night Time Is The Right Time 3:30

Written: Ray Charles / Previously unreleased track

13. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (Alternative Version) 3:17

Written: Sylvia McMinney, Rose Marie McCoy / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine"

14. Proud Mary (Alternative Version) 2:48

Written: John Fogerty / Previously unreleased version with lead vocals by Ike & Tina Turner / Originally released on the album "Workin’ Together"

15. Endlessly 4:28

Written: B. Benton, C. Otis / Previously unreleased track with lead vocals from Ike Turner

Ike Turner: Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars
Tina Turner: Vocals
Joe Kelly: Guitar
Robert Wilson: Bass
Charles Wilson: Keyboards
Soko Richardson: Drums
Ike Turner junior: Keyboards, Guitars
Ronnie Turner: Bass
Michael Turner: Guitars
Rick Kellis: Horn
Ronny Wilson: Horn
The Ikettes: Background Vocals
All songs arranged and engineered by Ike Turner
Produced by Gerhard Augustin
Recorded in Los Angeles, USA. Bolic Sound Studios. 1968 / 1974
CD Mastering: TACET Musikproduktion
Coverdesign: STUDIO 23
Photo: Norman Seeff
Licenced by Gerhard Augustin to BELL RECORDS
Printed in Germany


It would be simply a shame if the recordings on this disc had stayed under Iock and key, because this album by Ike and Tina Turner recalls The GOOD OLD TIMES. These songs, which are released here for the first time, originate from that good old time when Ike and Tina were still together and were rated as the most exciting pop duo in the world. In those days they played the finest and wiIdest rock’n roII, both live on stage and in their famous Bolic Sound Studios in Los Angeles. All the recordings on this album were recorded there in the late 1960's and early 70's.

Some of these pieces are familiar in a different version, but they have never been available before in this form. Among them you will find gems such as "Oh My My" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, first sung by Ringo Starr, or The BeatIes classic "Something". Ike Turner had everything well under control in those days, and many of the compositions are dominated by his magic touch. But Tina is always in the foreground, whether in a duo with Ike or as solo singer.

"SouI Deep" by Kris Kristofferson, for example, is a typical showpiece number for Tina’s particular, powerful personaIity. Or how about "The Night Time Is The Right Time" by Ray Charles? The jazz evergreen "Stormy Weather", which made Billie Holiday immortal, also appears here in Ike and Tina's incomparable interpretation. And the author of "Games People Play", which was a hit for Joe South in the 60's, would be delighted if he could hear now what a pleasant game the dyn mic duo played with his composition back then.

Naturally one of Ike and Tina Turner's greatest hits has not been Ieft out of this collection of rarities: John Fogerty's "Proud Mary", originally performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival, won the couple a Grammy, the highest award the American music business can bestow, in the early 70's. In the version on this album, released here for the first time, the proud riverboat steams down the great river even more powerfully than ever, driven by Ike's special "Honky Tonk Women" brand of fuel.

When these recordings were made, Ike Turner was still able to write a song for Tina entitled "Mr. Right", for in those days he was exactly the right person for his energetic wife, at least as far as music was concerned, although he sang, as if he guessed what was to come, "I can't believe what you say because I keep seeing what you do“. Under the shadow of what followed even a song such as "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" sounds rather like wishful thinking.

In the end not all turned out for the best for Ike and Tina Turner. So this compilation finishes with a track which demonstrates bitterIy how even the best times have to come to an end sometime, even if Ike really Iets rip in the lyrics of "EndIessIy". It onIy therefore remains for posterity to take pleasure in these fruits of the former partnership and to take to heart Ike's summons "Let’s Get It On".

Back then I had the honour and the pleasure of working together with Ike and Tina Turner as their producer and thus being a direct witness of their most fruitfuI artistic phase. I like to remember some of the most beautifuI moments of my life which I was priviIeged enough to experience while working with them, and I am proud to present this document from the "Good Old Times" by Ike and Tina Turner: Ladies and GentIemen, the good old times are back again!

Gerhard Augustin


In those days there was nothing wrong with the world: in the late 60's and early 70's Ike and Tina Turner were viewed as the epitome of the successful rock couple. By means of hits such as "River Deep, Mountain High", "Proud Mary“ or "Nutbush City Limits“ they had achieved what many black musicians for decades had only been able to dream about: They had crossed over the line from the rhythm and blues scene to the white rock market, and as a result they appealed to millions of Iisteners all over the world who had nothing to do with the sort of race barriers which were stiII in force in the American music business. They represented a new and stronger confidence, which was amply demonstrated in their energy-exuding shows such as the "Ike and Tina Turner Revue".

But at the height of their popuIarity there had long been a personal crisis going on behind the scenes, although the general public was not to learn about this untiI much Iater, after Tina had left Ike and had made her grandiose comeback of the 80's following a few years of hardship and deprivation. And in her biography "I Tina” which appeared in I986 she was more than outspoken about the darker sides of her life together with Ike.

Yet however Ike may be faring now, and however unpIeasant the couple's common past may have been, as far as music was concerned the two wrote a few important chapters into the history of pop music; and their fame is not merely due to Tina’s powerful personaIity, but is just as much thanks to lke's musical capabiIity and his sure creative feel.

Ike Turner was born on November 5th 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the cotton beIt of the USA; he first worked as a disc jockey before setting up his first band, the Kings of Rhythm. In 1951 he recorded his first single with them, "Rocket 88“, which in the eyes of many experts is the first rock'n’roII recording ever made. In the 50's Ike then worked as a taIent scout for various record companies and organised recording sessions for musicians including B. B. King, Howlin’ WoIf and Bobby Bland. With the Kings of Rhythm he set up a rhythm & blues revue, working with a number of female singers; he himself played piano and guitar.

One evening a girl called Annie Mae Bullock from Brownsville, Tennessee, joined Ike and his Rhythm Kings and astounded them all with her amazing voice. Ike, the taIent scout, had found what he was looking for. Annie Mae, born on November 26th 1938, was integrated into his revue, and soon became Tina Turner, Ike's wife. The coupIe's first single release "A Fool in Love", got to number 27 of the US charts in 1960 with sales in the millions. From then on one success followed hard on another: by the mid 1970's they had released well over 30 LPs, and Ike perfected his skill in following both white and black musical trends and creating perfect arrangements tailored to his wife's sparkling personality.

Looking back therefore, it seems sad that Ike Turner did not have the same magic touch for his private life as he did with music and that he did virtuaIIy everything wrong that he possibily could. The coupIe's successful career was effectiveIy doomed as a a result, and in the mid 1970's they finally separated under a cloud. The recordings on this album are therefore a document of a piece of pop history, a chapter which seems all the more intense for having long since been compIeted. And it is all the more astonishing that aImost two decades after their creation these recordings stand up to any critical appraisal. This release is therefore like a new discovery of the dynamic duo Ike and Tina Turner.

Manfred Gillig-Degrave (TransIated by Jenny Poole)


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