Philadelphia Freedom is a sampler with alternate versions of original Ike & Tina Turner tracks and some songs from the album Live - The Ike & Tina Turner Show Vol. 1 without live overdubs. It includes also with „The Twist,“ „You Paid Me Back“ and „Louie Louie“ three previously unreleased tracks. Philadelphia Freedom was released in 1992 from Repertoire Records in Germany on compact disc. Many of the songs were also released on different titled records worldwide.

Ike & Tina Turner - Philadelphia Freedom - Sampler

CD (Germany) - Front Cover

1. Nutbush City Limits (Reworked) 2:59

Written by Tina Turner / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "Nutbush City Limits"

2. Proud Mary (Alternative Version) 2:48

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

3. Soul Deep 2:35

Written by G. Thomas  / Originally released on the album "Good Hearted Woman"

4. Something’s Got A Hold On Me 3:17

Written by P. Woods, E. James, L. Kirkland / Originally released as a single in 1966 and with live overdubs on the album "Live - The Ike & Tina Turner Show Vol. 1"

5. Finger Poppin’ 2:31

Written by Ike Turner / Originally released as a single in 1965 and with live overdubs on the album "Live - The Ike & Tina Turner Show Vol. 1"

6. Twist And Shout 3:07

Written by Russell, Medley / Originally released with live overdubs on the album "Live - The Ike & Tina Turner Show Vol. 1"

7. Ready For You Baby 3:11

Written by Tina Turner / Originally released on the album "Sweet Rhode Island Red"

8. High Heel Sneakers (Tight Pants) 2:55

Written by Higgenbotham / Originally released with live overdubs on the album "Live - The Ike & Tina Turner Show Vol. 1"

9. The Twist 4:09

Written by Ballard / Previously unreleased track

10. Philadelphia Freedom 4:09

Written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin / Originally released on the album "The Edge"

11. Only Women Bleed 3:55

Written by Cooper, Wagner / Originally released on the album "The Edge"

12. Oh My My 3:08

Written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon / Previously unreleased track

13. Chicken 3:20

Written by Ike Turner / Unreleased track / Previously released on the album "Golden Empire"

14. Shake A Hand 3:38

Written by Morris / Unreleased track / Previously released on the album "Golden Empire"

15. You Paid Me Back (With My Own Coins) 3:58

Previously unreleased track

16. Baby, Get It On (Alternative Version) 3:05

Written by Ike Turner / Previously unreleased version / Originally released on the album "Acid Queen"

17. Louie, Louie 2:35

Written by Richard Berry / Previously unreleased track

18. Lean On Me 3:09

Written by W. Harrison, B. Whithers / Originally released on the album "The Edge"

19. Drift Away 3:13

Written by Mentor Williams / Originally released on the album "Nutbush City Limits"

20. So Fine (Alternative Version) 4:10

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

Dynamite pure

This is an explosive album: Ike and Tina at their best from those days in the 70ies, when they toured the world with their frantic show. Maga-selling hits from that period performed in the unique Ike and Tina style. Her harsh and emotional voice, his driving piano- and guitar playing.
Even though most of the songs have been carried to success by others, it would not be fair to speak about covers. Ike and Tina perform in such an unique style that they turn any song immediately into their own.
Tina’s autobiographic composition "Nutbush City Limits“ - an international mega-seller and dancefloor-classic by now, makes the start, followed by the Turners’ gold-awarded (1971) rendering of CCR’s "Proud Mary".
"Soul Deep" was brought to the Top 40 by the Box Tops in 1969, while Etta James charted 1961 with "Something’s Got A Hold On Me". "Twist And Shout" notched-up Top-10-positions even twice: The Isley Brothers’  original in ’62 and the Beatles’ version in ’64. "Hi-Heel Sneakers" also counted two chart entries, 1964 with Tommy Tucker and in Jose Feliciano’s legendary rendering of October 1968.
"The Twist" became a legend by itself which started a whole new dance craze. It got into the Hot 100 the first time in 1958, performed by its writer, Hank Ballard. But it really smashed in 1960 and 1961, when Chubby Checker took it right to the number 1 position twice in just one year - one of the most sold singles ever. lately The Fat Boys have taken it to success again. Elton John’s "Philadelphia Freedom" - his reverence for the new sound coming 1975 from that town, was another millionselling chart-topper. Rufus Thomas created a Rhythm n Blues classic with his maniacly funny "Do The Chicken". And "Shake A Hand" went into the charts twice as well: a crooned version by Faye Adams in 1953 and as an up-tempo single 1958 by the Mike Pedicin Quintett. Ike and Tina’s last single together - "Baby Get It On" made the lower ranks in 1975.
Three mega-selling chart-busters close this album. "Louie, Louie" by the Kingsmen rocketed up the charts in 1963. Bill Withers found himself according to his own words much to his surprise with "Lean On Me" 1972 in the top-position. A year later, Doby Gray had his second #1 single with "Drift Away".
Delta musician Ike Turner (5.11.1931 in Clarksdale / Mississippi) had already made himself a name as bandleader (Kings of Rhythm), arranger, producer and accomplished session man (p., g.) when he met Annie Mae Bullock (26.11.1939 in Brownsville / Tennesse) 1956 in St. Louis. In 1958 they married and Annie called herself "Tina".
In 1960 they had their first gold-certified hit with "A Fool In Love". But it was their hot and erotic show that made Ike and Tina famous, specially when they toured as support act with the Rolling Stones in 1969.
Phil Spector’s production "River Deep, Mountain High" is considered their best record from that period. Strangely enough, it flopped in the US, but became a mega-seller in the rest of the world. After 18 years of marriage and four sons, Tina decided to end this „ordeal", her „slavery", a "violent, sometimes bloody releation". She divorced Ike, paid all the debts the couple had over the years, and with the help of good friends emerged as the Grammy-winning superstar we know today. Ike meanwhile never got back on his feet. He lost everything, and several drug charges gave him the possibility to study prison walls - from the inside.

H.J. Simon

1991

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1992

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1993

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