So Fine was the first album on Ike’s own label Pompeii and contains no less than 4 single releases, including one from the Ikettes. The album was originally released in June 1968 from Pompeii Records in America and from London Records in Europe on vinyl and was reissued in 2002 from Acrobat Records on compact disc. It is also part of the box set The Complete Pompeii Recordings from Goldenlane Records, released in 2016.

Billboard Magazine - July 13, 1968: This exciting fare, for Ike and Tina know how to infuse their soul performances with drive and spirit. In addition to the title song, "So Flne," there are "You're So Fine," the classic "Ain‘t Nobody’s Businees," "We Need an Understanding" and others. The backgrounds are by the lkettes.

Ike & Tina Turner - So Fine - Album

Vinyl (USA) - Front Cover

Ike & Tina Turner - So Fine - Album

Vinyl (USA) - Back Cover

A1. Bet’cha Can’t Kiss Me (Just One Time) 2:51

Written by M. Rice / Produced by Ike Turner
Single release in 1968

A2. Ain’t Nobody’s Business 2:09

Written by Ike Turner / Produced by Ike Turner

A3. It Sho Ain’t Me 3:07

Written by M. Rice / Produced by Ike Turner

A4. Too Hot To Hold 2:08

Written by M. Rice / Produced by Ike Turner

A5. (Am I) A Fool In Love 2:50

Written by Ike Turner / Produced by Ike Turner

B1. I Better Get Ta Steppin’ 2:43

Written by Ike Turner, C. Harris / Produced by Ike Turner
Single release in 1968

B2. Shake A Tail Feather 2:19

Written by Hayes, Williams, M. Rice / Produced by Ike Turner

B3. So Fine 2:44

Written by J. Otis / Produced by Ike Turner
Lead vocals by The Ikettes
Single release in 1968

B4. We Need An Understanding 2:45

Written by Ike Turner, J. Northern, R. Bailey / Produced by Ike Turner
Single release in 1968

B5. You’re So Fine 2:29

Written by Finney, West, Shofield / Produced by Ike Turner

Liner Notes

It is significant that in American music the so called R&B artists are occasionally played on both Top 40 and Country & Western stations in many parts of the country. However, it is rare when a recording artist or group has continuous appeal to both the R&B and Top 40 listening audiences.

Ike and Tina Turner are that rare combination whose unique stage appearances have had universal acceptance throughout the world. This album, „So Fine,“ is the first album to truly capture the excitement that is usually reserved for live audiences. I am especially impressed with the song „We Need An Understanding“ and I predict it will be one of several single hits to come from this superb album. The tasty soul brewing and the thudding rhythmic impact of „Betcha Cant Kiss Me (Just One Time)“ with it’s clever vocal arrangement and lush driving instrumental backing is sure to be a giant smash.

Ike Turner, despite his many antics on stage, is one of the most ingenious businessmen I have encountered. In my capacity as Program Director at KLIF in Dallas I am constantly reviewing numerous records and stage appearances by the top performers in the nation. It is my opinion that Ike and Tina Turners revue, along with the Ikettes, is the most exciting act I have ever seen and I enjoy each show I see even more than the last. They play soul like soul was meant to be played. They get down to the real nitty gritty.

Ike & Tina turn me on and I know they are gonna turn you on, too. So take this record out and turn on So Fine!

Ken Dowe
Program Director
KLIF, Dallas


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