The Best of Ike & Tina is an official greatest hits sampler album from EMI America Records, released in 1987 on cassette and compact disc with comprehensive liner notes. It includes Ike & Tina’s biggest chart hits with A Fool In LoveNutbush City LimitsRiver Deep, Mountain High and Proud Mary as well as some of their minor hits and Tina’s solo track Acid Queen.

Ike & Tina Turner - The Best of Ike & Tina - Sampler

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Ike & Tina Turner - The Best of Ike & Tina - Sampler

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1. I Idolize You 2:51

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

2. A Fool In Love 2:41

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

A3. Workin’ Together 3:35

Written: Eki Renrut / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Workin’ Together"

3. Sexy Ida (Part II) 3:01

Written: Tina Turner / Produced: Ike Turner, Claude Williams, Gerhard Augustin / From the "Sexy Ida" single release

4. 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"

5. Stagger Lee And Billy 2:51

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike & Tina Turner / From the "Stagger Lee And Billy" single release

6. This Man’s Crazy 1:49

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine"

7. Letter From Tina 2:37

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

8. River Deep, Mountain High (’74 Version) 4:01

Written: Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Nutbush City Limits"

9. Workin’ Together 3:35

Written: Eki Renrut / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Workin’ Together"

10. Nutbush City Limits 2:57

Written: Tina Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Nutbush City Limits"

11. Proud Mary 4:57

Written: John C. Fogerty / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Workin’ Together"

12. Acid Queen 3:01

Written: Pete Townsend / Produced: Denny Diante & Spencer Proffer / From the album "Acid Queen"

13. Baby, Get It On 3:15

Written: Ike Turner / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Acid Queen"

14. Honky Tonk Woman 3:10

Written: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "Come Together"

15. Funky Street (Live Instrumental) 1:56

Written: Arthur Conley, Earl Simms / Produced: Ike Turner / From the album "In Person"

The year was 1959 and, as Juggy Murray arrived in East St, Louis, he was interested to discover who owned the powerful voice he’d been listening to. Ike Turner (already a semi-legend via his Kings Of Rhythm band which he fronted and produced and with which he’d backed up Jackie Brenston’s giant 1951 R&B smash “Rocket 88” on Chess Records) had been circulating a demo which he’d cut featuring a girl from Tennessee called Anna Mae Bullock. Juggy was president and owner of a hot new record label out of New York called Sue and, naturally, was listening out for the unusual. Ike & Tina signed with Juggy and the first chapter of an amazing career was about to begin.
You’ll hear the first fruits in this collection and "A Fool ln Love" was the single that started it all; the original label almost understates the occasion by listing ‘Vocal by Tina’ … powerhouse and explosion are more appropriate words that immediately come to mind! This side also marked the debut of lke’s three~girl backup format which was to be a key element of so many lke & Tina sides as well as a focal part of their touring unit for some years to come. For the record, the girls on the "Fool In Love" session were Sandra Harding, Frances Hodge and Robbie Montgomery. From these first dates for Sue, we’ve also included "l ldolize You" and „Letter From Tina"’ which were, like "Fool ln Love" written by Ike.
Move now to a 1961 date and another winning Sue single for lke & Tina called "lt’s Gonna Work Out Fine." The song is written by Mickey & Sylvia whose 1957 opus "Love ls Strange" had been an R&B smash. At the session, on which the lkettes were Eloise Faye, Jimmy Thomas and Joshie Armstead, lke is not the male voice to whom Tina refers as "key". . . that’s Mickey Baker, with lke actually playing piano and Sylvia (then Vanderpool and later Robbins and eventually Robinson!) adding the guitar licks. But again, it’s Tina’s emoting vocal that overpowers everything in sight.
Juggy maintains that Tina’s sound hasn’t changed while only the time and songs have altered, and the range of recordings here backs up this theory. Two later Sue tracks are "This Man’s Crazy" (from 1963) and the ’65 single "Stagger Lee & Billy," a further adaptation of the old folk tune „Stagolee" with which Lloyd Price had found international crossover fame in 1959.

Ike & Tina have appeared on probably more record labels than any other single act that you and I can remember. In 1966, they appeared under Phil Spector’s Philles logo and notched up a huge British seller with "River Deep, Mountain High" written by Spector with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The record bombed over here, but the song has remained an Ike & Tina milestone and we’ve included their 1973 re-recording; this represents their days with Liberty & United Artists, from which the balance of these tracks are taken.
"Proud Mary" is significant both as a major hit (#4 in 1971) and as the pinnacle of Ike & Tina’s work together (yes, that definitely IS Ike singing this time!). Its also typical of Ike’s uncanny way of taking a song with which their audience was already familiar and funking it up to the hilt! John Fogerty's "Proud Mary" had already gone to #2 for Creedence two years earlier (and had briefly charted for both Solomon Burke and Sonny Charles & The Checkmates), but back it came … and that was only one of a slew of Ike & Tina revivals. They added Beatles and Sly Stone hits to their repertoire along with "Honky Tonk Woman" which provided an interesting foray to the more recent collaborations between Tina and Mick Jagger. Listen out also for the Turners live version of "Funky Street" Arthur Conley’s hit of 1966. By the way, the composer credited for "Workin’ Together" is Eki Renrut, an anagram that Ike had been using for himself as far back as 1959 when his "Hey … Hey" single on the Stevens label listed the artist as 'Icky Renrut'!
Tina’s two other crowning glories in this set are "Acid Queen" (a studio version, produced by Denny Diante and Spencer Proffer, of the Pete Townshend song she performed so memorable in Ken RusseII’s film of the Who’s rock opera "Tommy") and her semi-autobiographical "Nutbush City Limits" with which the Turners scorched the charts alight in 1973. So much has been written, said and confirmed many times over about the talents of Tina Turner, and her work with then-husband Ike must always play a significant role in any retrospective of her career. Put aside the personal stories ... this album reflects the poignancy of a team which at many times was so magnetic both on stage and on record that while tapes, film and memories exist, they can never be eclipsed, let alone forgotten. For more than a few moments in our musical history, it certainly did work out fine!

-Alan Warner

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