What You Hear Is What You Get (Live at Carnegie Hall) is together with the album Workin Together (which was Ike and Tina’s highest charting U.S. album) the most successful album of the duo. Ike and Tina performed a doubleheader at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 1, 1971. The 7:30 PM show was followed by an 11 o'clock concert that carried on into the early hours of April 2. Beside some Ike Turner penned songs, it includes also live interpretations of songs from Otis Redding, Sly Stone, The Rolling Stones and Proud Mary from Creedence Clearwater Revival. The album was originally released in 1971 with a very nice trifold cover in America and a gatefold cover in Germany. An American special edition features a black envelope with a purple picture from Tina inside as well as with liner notes from Kendrew Lascelles.
For promotion, United Artists released a 3-track EP for Jukeboxes and a one sided vinyl single with a Radio Spot commercial. The album was reissued several times on CD, among others in 2018 as a mini LP replica with a cardboard sleeve in Japan. In Germany, an abridged version was released in 1972 under the different title Ike & Tina Turner Live while the duo was on tour.
Producer: Ike Turner
Photographer: Norman Seeff
Design: Norman Seeff
Release: July 1971 / Various (Reissue)
Label: United Artists / Various (Reissue)
Format: Vinyl (Trifold) / Cartridge / Reel Tape / Cassette / CD
Charts: USA: #7 (R&B), #25 (Pop)
Certifications: USA: 1x Gold
Billboard - July 03, 1971
This 2 record set of the Ike & Tina Turner revue's recent Carnegie Hall concert only hints at the charge of excitement generated by the Ikettes, Ike, and, especially Tina Turner before the capacity crowd. „Proud Mary,“ „Honky Tonk Women,“ „Ooh Poo Pah Doo,“ and excitingly visual „I've Been Loving You Too Long,“ suggests the frenzied entertainment they provided.
Billboard - July 24, 1971
Get The New 2 Record LP, That’s Almost Too Hot To Handle! Ike & Tina "What You Hear Is What You Get," Live At Carnegie Hall