Rock Me Baby (A Collectors Classic) is a sampler including songs with lead vocals from Tina, The Ikettes, Fontella Bass and two instrumental tracks, originally released on the albums Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ OnThe HunterOutta Season and the Ike Turner solo album A Black Man’s Soul. The track list includes nothing special, but the album was in addition to the vinyl and cassette release also available as a wonderful picture disc, released in 1984 from Astan Records in Europe and Bulldog Records in England. The UK version has a different cover art.

Ike & Tina Turner - Rock Me Baby - Picture Disc

Vinyl Picture Disc (Europe) - Side A

Ike & Tina Turner - Rock Me Baby - Picture Disc

Vinyl Picture Disc (Europe) - Side B

A1. Beauty ls Just Skin Deep 2:11

Written: Toni Wine, Steve Venet / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On" / Lead vocals: The Ikettes

A2. Funky Mule (Instrumental) 3:23

Written: Marvin Holmes / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "A Black Man’s Soul"

A3. l’m Fed Up 2:17

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On"

A4. Make 'Em Wait 2:18

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On" / Lead vocals: The Ikettes

A5. Poor Little Fool 2:46

Written: Oliver Sain / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On" / Lead vocals: Fontella Bass

B1. You Got What You Wanted 2:23

Written: Wayne Carson Thompson / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On"

B2. I Smell Trouble 3:48

Written: Robey / Produced: Bob Krasnow / From the album "The Hunter"

B3. Rock Me Baby 2:46

Written: B.B. King, Joe Josea / Produced: Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner, Ike Turner / From the album "Outta Season"

B4. Freedom Sound (Instrumental) 2:23

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "A Black Man’s Soul"

B5. Crazy 'Bout You Baby 3:24

Written: W. Williamson / Produced: Bob Krasnow, Tina Turner, Ike Turner / From the album "Outta Season"

Although they are (sadly) no longer together, lke and Tina Turner made a valuable contrlibution to the growth of Black music during the 60s and on into the 70s. lt was not just a question of hit records - though the husband-wife team had their fair share of those! lt goes deeper than that. This was a duo who started trends and didn’t follow the leads of others. At a time when music was virtually segregated, Ike and Tina took Pop/Rock songs and transformed them into R&B classics. They toured with some of the top Rock bands of the time and generally contributed a great deal towards coining the fashionable phrase of today - 'crossover'.

After several very successful years with Sue Records, the Turners spent some time in the recording wilderness during which time they recorded some excellent but poorly exposed material. This album is from that era and was released on the short-lived Pompeii label - proving that maybe there is something in a name since the company went down in flames very quickly!

It includes an excellent cross-section of musical approaches and also some of Tlna’s flnest vocalising and lke’s catchiest compositions. lt was soon after this album that the duo joined Liberty Records and exploded to lnternatlonal prominence and although this album dld not sell in vast quantities at the time (probably more because of the poor distribution than anything else), it has become something of a collector’s classic since. ln fact, it has been several years since it was readily available. One llsten still underline the tremendous loss that our music suffered when Ike and Tina decided to go their separate ways. Fortunately, we do still have their recordings together to remember them by.

1984

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1984

Ike & Tina Turner - Rock Me Baby - Picture Disc

Rock Me Baby

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