Souled From The Vaults is a sampler including songs originally released on the album Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On from 1969, So Fine from 1968 and Dynamite! from 1963. It includes also with the song „Sad Sam“ one previously unreleased track, which is only available on this sampler until today. The album was released in 1975 from DJM Records in England on 2x vinyl with a gatefold cover including comprehensive liner notes. It was reissued in 1982 in it’s original format from AFE Records.

Ike & Tina Turner - Souled From The Vaults - Sampler

Vinyl (UK) - Front Cover

Ike & Tina Turner - Souled From The Vaults - Sampler

Vinyl (UK) - Back Cover

A1. Cussin’, Cryin’ & Carryin’ On 2:35

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

A2. Sad Sam 2:24

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / Previously unreleased track

A3. I Better Get Ta Steppin’ 2:43

Written: Charles Harris, Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

A4. Too Tot To Hold 2:08

Written: M. Rice / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

A5. Shake A Tail Feather 2:19

Written: Hayes, Williams, M. Rice / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

B1. Nothing You Can Do Boy (To Change My Way) 2:25

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

B2. It Sho Ain’t Me 3:07

Written: M. Rice / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

B3. You’re So Fine 2:29

Written: Finey, West, Shofield / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

B4. Ain’t Nobody’s Business 2:09

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine“

B5. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 3:03

Written: Sylvia McMinney, Rose Marie McCoy / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine"

Ike & Tina Turner - Souled From The Vaults - Sampler

Vinyl (UK) - Gatefold Cover

Ike & Tina Turner - Souled From The Vaults - Sampler

C1. Poor Fool 2:35

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Dynamite!"

C2. Tra La La La La 2:40

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Dynamite!"

C3. Betcha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time) 2:51

Written: M. Rice / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

C4. Sleepless 2:56

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "The Soul of Ike & Tina"

C5. You Got What You Wanted 2:23

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

D1. We Need An Understanding 2:45

Written: Ike Turner, J. Northern, R. Bailey / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine"

D2. I’m Fed Up 2:17

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

D3. Make 'Em Wait 2:18

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

D4. So Fine 2:44

Written: Johnny Otis / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "So Fine“ / Lead vocals by The Ikettes

D5. You Should’a Treated Me Right 3:41

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Dynamite!"

Liner Notes

Recording costs money, and Ike Turner didn’t want to waste it. The year was 1960, and he’d written a song entitled "A Fool In Love" for a singer who was showing no sign of appearing at the session. He turned to Tina, the 21-year-old from Brownsville, Tennessee, who had been singing with his band regularly for the previous three years. She could cut "A Fool In Love".

She did, and Ike and Tina Turner became more than the names on a 1958 marriage register. Now they were names on a million-selling single for Juggy Murray’s Sue Records, a chart act with a promising future.

Not that the past had been entirely devoid of success - for Ike, at least. He had worked with his own band, the Kings of Rhythm, in and around Mississippi in the early Fifties. He had worked throughout the South as a talent scout for Sam Phillips and, later, for the Bihari brothers’ Modern / RPM / Crown operation. He had made his own records, and as bandleader of a re-formed Kings of Rhythm built himself a sizeable reputation playing the clubs of St. Louis in 1957. That was the year he met Tina, new to singing but anxious to try.

So when "A Fool In Love" (Sue 730) turned into the couple’s first hit, Ike’s experience came in handy. So handy, in fact, that they were able to sustain that initial impact through a whole series of successes for Sue between 1960 and 1962: "I Idolize You" (Sue 735), "I’m Jealous" (740), "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine" (749), "Poor Fool" (753), "Tra La La La La" (757), „Prancing" (760) and "You Should'a Treated Me Right" (765). Most of them were written and produced by Ike.

Some sold better than others, of course, but they nevertheless represented an astonishingly consistent run of hits - and one unmatched by many of the r&b acts of the day.

It was only in 1963 that the chart pace with Sue began to slacken, and discs like "Please Don’t Hurt Me" (774) and "Don’t Play Me Cheap" (784) meant less than their predecessors. Ike was reported to be disillusioned with Murray’s label by then, and was even piling up material recorded in his own private studio in readiness for a new home.

That home turned out to be Kent / Modern, the Bihari brothers’ outfit where Ike had been ten years earlier when it embraced RPM and Crown. The Turners’ time there was not lengthy, but it yielded an important hit in 1964, "I Can’t Believe What You Say" (Kent 402), and other pleasing items - some of which were issued after the couple left the label - including "Please Please Please" (409), "Chicken Shack" (418), "Goodbye So Long" (Modern 1007) and "Gonna Have Fun" (1012).

Kent/ Modern was also to prove relatively fruitful for Ike and Tina’s female back-up group, the Ikettes. First single there for the girls - who had scored a hit in 1961 with "I’m Blue" (Atco 6212) - was "Camel Walk" (Modern 1003). But it was the follow-up, "Peaches ’N’ Cream", which put them back in the limelight; the single (on Modern 1005) was a top forty hit in the spring of 1965. A third disc, "I’m So Thankful" (1011) also reached the charts, but their subsequent releases were unsuccessful versions of other people’s originals: "Sally Go Round The Roses" (1015) and "Da Doo Ron Ron" (1024). A later Ikettes disc of more interest was "Whatcha Gonna Do" (Phi-Dan 5009), released in 1966. That was the year of Ike and Tina’s association with Phil Spector, and Phi-Dan was a subsidiary of the famous producer’s own Philles label. (It must also be added at this point that Tina often sang with the Ikettes on record, although exactly which ones has always been difücult to establish).

The Kent / Modern deal had taken the Turners to the West Coast, but it was not long before they were enticed away from the Biharis by a major, Warner Brothers. The offer of maximum promotion, Ike said at the time, was an important factor in his decision to switch.

Maximum promotion maybe, but minimum releases. There were actually only three singles by the couple put out on Warner - "A Fool For A Fool" (5435), "Finger Poppin" (5481) and "Ooh Poo Pa Doo" (5495) - and a couple of albums. The company then seems to have decided that the Turners would be more comfortable on its young r&b label, Loma, and a couple of singles followed in I965, "I'm Thru With Love" (Loma 2011) and "Somebody Needs You" (2015).

The change had little effect on the pair’s fortunes, however, and they eventually departed for another West Coast operation, Ray Charles’ Tangerine label. An initial single, "Anything You Wasn’t Born With" (TRC 963) was produced by Charles himself, but that and another release, "I'm Hooked" (TRC 967) meant little.

The Turners were not solely dependent on recordings for their professional welfare, of course. The Ike and Tina revue was still working and drawing the crowds. It also drew the attention of the makers of a new film, The TNT Show - one of their acts had dropped out of the proceedings, and so Ike and Tina were called in.

It was on the film set of The TNT Show that Ike Turner met Phil Spector, and the former accepted the latter’s offer to produce Tina. The money was good, after all. And yet the result of the session, "River Deep, Mountain High" (Philles 131) - for all its subsequent success in Britain, and the place it gained in rock history as a masterpiece of sound - was not a major U.S. hit. It was so small, in fact, that it disillusioned Spector and made him disinterested in future recordings with Ike and Tina. He left the couple in the charge of veteran Bob Crewe for another single, "Two To Tango" (Philles 134) with other releases scheduled - "I'Il Never Need More Than This" (135) and "A Love Like Yours" (136) - but it was efectively the end of Spector’s working relationship with the Turners.

They retreated to the sanctuary of the Dallas based, Atlantic distributed Pompeii and Innis labels for two years. Then Ike met up again with an acquaintance from his Loma days, Bob Krasnow.

It was to mark the beginning of a return to favour for the couple. Krasnow, with James Brown at Sidney Nathan’s King label before he was an a&r man at Loma, was now president of Blue Thumb, and he and Ike had always had a good relationship. The hits started coming again: "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Blue Thumb 101), "The Hunter" (102) and "Bold Soul Sister" (104), top hundred entries all during 1969.

The following year, Ike and Tina linked up with Liberty / United Artists, via its Minit subsidiary. The switch had been partly encouraged by Krasnow, who believed that the duo were soon going to become a much bigger act than he could afford or handle.

He was right. A U.S. tour with the Rolling Stones took the Turners to the rock audience, which had largely been unaware of them up to that point. They swept into the Seventies as one of the major r&b / rock crossover attractions - due recompense for the previous decade’s trials and tribulations.

The material here represents all of Ike and Tina’s output between Philles and Blue Thumb. Although the recordings are less than ten years old in general, they probably come closer to the uninhibited style of their Sue days than anything the couple has made since. Included are both sides of a couple of singles released on Pompeii during that period, "We Need An Understanding“ c/w "It Sho Ain’t Me" (Pompeii 66675) and "You Got What You Wanted“ c/w "Too Hot To Hold" (66682), along with assorted items which later materialised on Innis: "Betcha Can’t Kiss Me" (Innis 6666), "So Fine" (6667) and "Sad Sam“ c/w "I Better Get Ta Steppin" (6668).

ADAM WHITE

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