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THE TOKENS Crystal Ball 1038 Tonight I Fell In Love With The Tokens ● CD $17.98
29 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Excellent collection of sides from the 60s and 70s by this fine, talented, versatile and long lived vocal group. The arrangements range from straight ahead doo-wop to Beach Boys type sound all performed with class. The recordings are mostly from their less familiar post-RCA period and features a number of previously unissued songs, alternate takes and demos including a fine live acapella version of That's My Desire and an adventurous reworking of the Everly Brothers' Cathy's Clown. There are fine covers of vocal group classics like Little Girl Of Mine/ Get A Job/ Barbara Ann and others. Also includes Tonight I Fell In Love/ Right Or Wrong/ Arlene/ I'll Never have To Dream Again/ Every Breath I Take/ Please Say You Want Me, etc. Good sound, brief notes and some nice vintage photos in booklet. (FS)

 
ALLEN TOUSSAINT Bear Family BCD 15641 The Complete 'Tousan Sessions ● CD $21.98
Bear Family hereby reissues Allen Toussaint's 1958 instrumental LP for RCA The Wild Sound Of New Orleans (LPM-1767), and, for good measure, throws in the rare recordings he cut for the Seville label between 1960-63. The RCA stuff is good, not great, with only Whirlaway/ Tim Tam/ Nashua/ Pelican Parade deserving of the titular adjective "wild." The rest is pleasant if somewhat undistinguished despite featured artists like Alvin 'Red' Tyler on baritone sax, Roy Montrell on guitar, and Frank Fields on bass. The Seville material includes all four singles, a few unreleased songs, a couple of alternate takes. The best of it is as good as the best RCA stuff - and why not, the line up is essentially the same. Some songs suffer from an ice rink organ sound which is far, far from wild. Excellent notes and pics. (JC)

 
T.N.T. TRIBBLE Collectables 5328 Volume 2 ● CD $11.98
CD reissue of Krazy Kat 828. Second volume of twin trumpet blowin' T.N.T. Tribble's great Gotham sessions from the early 50's. Tribble and band are, by turns, swingin', jumpin' and smoky sounding. Even the Krazy Kat sleuths are at a loss to pindown many of the band members, including the dynamic guitar player on Red Hot Boogie , Rockin' Mama and others, although their best guess is Mauzette Graham. 14 cuts here, mostly unreleased. Hey Everybody/ Cadillac Blues/ TNT Stroll/ She Walked Right In , etc. (AE)

 
THE TURBANS Castle 1003 These Golden Rings ● CD $17.98
Fine selection of 22 tracks by this excellent Philadelphia group, featuring the fine lead vocals of Al Banks, recorded between 1958 and 1962 including a 1961 remake of their hit When You Dance. Also includes These Golden Rings/ I'm Not Your Fool Anymore/ All She Wants To Do is Dance/ Clickety Clack Clack/ Do You Feel Like I Feel/ Six Questions and others including excellent covers of doo-wop classics This Is My Story and This Is My Story.

   
THE TURBANS Collectables 7511 The Complete Herald Recordings, Vol. 1 ● CD $13.98
18 tracks including When You Dance/ Sister Sookey/ I Am Lonely/ Miss Thing/ I'm Nobody/ All Of My Heart/ Valley Of Love, etc.
THE TURBANS: All Of My Heart/ B.i.n.g.o./ Bye And Bye/ Bye And Bye/ Congratulations/ Farewell To Arms (take 1)/ Farewell To Arms (take 3)/ I Am Lonely/ I'll Always Watch Over You/ I'm Nobody's/ It Was A Night Like This/ Let Me Show You Around My Heart/ Miss Thing/ Sister Sookey/ The Wadda Do/ Valley Of Love/ When You Dance/ Zaki Sue

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Collectables 5107 Golden Classics ● CD $11.98
A dozen early Sue classics, 1960-62 - It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ A Fool In Love/ Poor Fool/ Tra La La La La/ I Idolize You (GM)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Collectables 5137 It's Gonna Work Out Fine ● CD $11.98

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Collectables 5297 Soul Of ● CD $11.98

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Collectables 5298 Dynamite! ● CD $11.98
Reissue of Sue album - 12 storming sides - You Should'a Treated Me Right/ A Fool In Love/ I Idolize You/ Sleepless/ Won't You Forgive Me/ I Dig You, etc

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Collectables 5763 Don't Play Me Cheap ● CD $11.98
Reissue of the duos last Sue album

 
IKE & TINA TURNER EMI (Holland) 39145-2 The Very Best Ike & Tina Turner Album Ever CD $11.98
23 tracks, 78 mins, highly recommended
Great collection of some of this loving duo's finest work spanning a number of labels and ranging from their first hit A Fool In Love from 1960 to their last hit Baby Get It On from 1975. Other hits featured include I Idolize You/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine (my favorite)/ Poor Fool/ You Should'a Treated Me Right/ Proud Mary/ Come Together, the Phil Spector written and produced River Deep-Mountain High and others. There are also great non-hits like their take on The Stones' Honky Tonk Women, the fine soul ballad A Love Like Yours, the Tina original Funkier Than A Mosquita's Tweeter that sounds like it might have been written with hubby in mind. The disc ends with great live versions of I Wanna Take You Higher and I've Been Loving You Too Long. A winner from beginning to end! (FS)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Fuel 2000 61181 The Gospel According To Ike & Tina ● CD $15.98 $10.98
10 tracks, very good
Ike & Tina Turner doing a collection of traditional gospel songs? Hard to believe but true. This is a reissue of an obscure 1973 United Artists album with about two-thirds of the lead vocals by Tina and the rest by Ike. Tina's vocals are particularly nice and the vocal backup is fine. Ike's vocals are less convincing and it seems that he had just acquired a new synthesizer and quite a few of the tracks feature electronic bleeping, blooping, gurgling and farting that are really out of place. Includes Father Alone (sic)/ Glory Glory/ What A Friend We Have In Jesus/ Nearer The Cross (probably the finest track here)/ When The Saints Go Marching In, etc. Not exactly essential Ike & Tina but worth a listen. (FS)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Kent 182 The Kent Years ● CD $18.98
27 track collection featuring some of the great sides recorded by the duo for Kent between 1964 and '67 including five previously unissued.

 
IKE & TINA TURNER REVUE Kent CDKEND 102 Live!!! ● CD $18.98
18 tracks, 70 min., recommended About half the songs were recorded live at Club Imperial and Harlem Club, St. Louis, Missouri in 1964, and feature a true taste of the I &K revue, complete with the Kings Of Rhythm Orchestra. Jimmy Thomas, Venetta Fields, Bobby John, Stacey Johnson, Robbie Montgomery, and Vernon Guy all step forward to do their respective thangs. The rest of the numbers are from a 1967 show that let Tina be her histrionic self. (Note: This was issued as a Japanese import last year on P-Vine PCD 3029.) (JC)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Stateside 537 960-2 Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter ● CD $11.98
21 tracks, recommended. A collection of 21 hot sides recorded for United Artists and Liberty between 1969 and 1974. Avoiding the frequently reissued hits this includes obscure but fine album tracks, often with a funk flavor. Include the title song plus What You Don't See Is Better Yet/ Young And Dumb/ I Love Baby/ Too Much Woman (For A Hen Pecked Man)/ (Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You/ Tell The Truth/ The Chopper/ Doin' It and others. Also includes one side of the rare Ikettes single I'm Just Not Ready For Love. (FS)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Stateside 571 492-2 The Soul Of Ike & Tina/ Dynamite ● CD $16.98
This reissues Ike & Tina's first two albums from 1961 & 1962 plus four bonus tracks only issued as singles. Since the original second LP duplicated half the tracks from the first this CD ends up with a total of 21 tracks. It includes most of their Sue singles hits like A Fool In Love/ I Idolize You/ Poor Fool and Tra La La plus other fine songs like I'm Jealous/ Letter From Turner/ Sleepless/ You're My baby/ Won't You Forgive Me/ Mind In A Whirl, etc.

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Stateside 571 493-2 Don't Play Me Cheap/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine ● CD $16.98
27 tracks, 66 mins, highly recommended
Ike & Tina's last two albums for Sue from 1963 by which time they has already left the label plus four bonus tracks. "Don't Play Me Cheap" is a bit of an oddity - apart from the first two tracks which were issued as singles, most of the rest find Ike & Tina in lounge mode with swing band arrangements and strings - it doesn't really work but has its moments of interest. "Fine" is what we expect from Ike & Tina - tough R&B including the classic title song which was their first and biggest hit. Other winners from this album include Gonna Find Me A Substitute/ Mojo Queen, the Little Richard flavored rocker This Man Is Crazy and the solid blues Foolish with some great guitar work from Ike. The four bonus cuts are singles that never made to LP including the great Two Is A Couple and a wonderful retelling of the Stack--Lee and Billy story Stagger Lee & Billy. Includes 12 page booklet with informative notes by Bob Fisher. (FS)

 
IKE & TINA TURNER Time Life 19300 The Ike & Tina Turner Story, 1960-1975 ● CD $39.98
3 CD retrospective of the battling Turners with 49 tracks in a handsome book format package. The first two CDs cover most of the major recordings by the duo with the exception of their Phil Spector recordings (due to licensing restrictions) though it does include a fine live version of River Deep, Mountain High. It also includes the great I'm Blue (The Gong Gong Song) by the duo's superb vocal backup group The Ikettes. The third disc is the entire live album "In Person" originally issued in 1969 on Minit. Includes 24 page illustrated booklet.
THE IKETTES: I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)/ IKE & TINA TURNER: A Fool For A Fool/ A Fool In Love/ A Fool In Love/ Baby Get It On/ Bold Soul Sister/ Come Together/ Don't Play Me Cheap/ Early One Morning/ Everyday People/ Feel Good/ Finger Poppin'/ Funky Street/ Get Back/ Good Good Lovin'/ Goodbye, So Long/ Honky Tonk Women/ I Can't Believe What You Say/ I Heard It Through The Grapevine/ I Idolize You/ I Want To Take You Higher/ I'm Gonna Do All I Can (To Do Right By My Man)/ I'm Jealous/ I'm Yours (Use Me Any Way You Wanna)/ I've Been Loving You Too Long/ Intro-Soul Serenade/ It's Gonna Work Out Fine/ Medley: All I Could Do Was Cry-Please, Please, Please-Baby, I Love You/ Medley: Gimme Some Lovin'-Sweet Soul Music/ Medley: There Was A Time-African Boo's/ Nutbush City Limits n/ Ooh Poo Pah Doo/ Poor Fool/ Proud Mary/ Respect/ River Deep Mountain High (live)/ Sexy Ida (Part 1)/ Something's Got A Hold On Me (live)/ Son Of A Preacher Man/ Stagger Lee and Billy/ Sweet Rhode Island Red/ Tell Her I'm Not Home/ The Hunter/ Tra La La La La/ Two Is a Couple/ Up In Heah/ Workin' Together/ You Shoulda Treated Me Right/ TINA TURNER: Acid Queen

 
IKE & TINA TURNER'S KINGS OF RHYTHM BAND Collectables 5759 Dance ● CD $11.98
12 tracks, 32 mins, highly recommended
Terrific, all instrumental set from 1962. Tina is nowhere in sight but there's lots of great bluesy guitar from Ike featuring some rapid fire picking and his distinctive use of the vibrato bar. There's hot instrumental work from the rest of the Kings including his nephew Jesse Knight on bass, Eddie Silvers & Rasheed Ishmael on tenor sax, Marvin Warwick on baritone sax and Mack Johnson on trumpet. The tunes are mostly dance flavored numbers like The Gulley/ Trackdown Twist/ Prancing/ The Groove and others as well as a great instrumental version of the Ike & Tina hit It's Gonna Work Out Fine, an electrifying version of the country tune Steel Guitar Rag and some Duane Eddy sounding low guitar picking on The Rooster. Excellent notes from Bill Dahl round out a much better than average package from Collectables. (FS)

 
SPYDER TURNER Collectables 5695 Golden Classics ● CD $13.98

 
TITUS TURNER Collectables 5160 Golden Classics - Soulville ● CD $11.98
14 cuts produced by Bobby Robinson.

 
THE TYMES Park 552 So Much In Love ● CD $18.98
recommended A generous look at the ballad-heavy output of this ultra-smooth, pop-influenced early 60's vocal group. Their repertoire tended towards standards, particularly those recorded earlier by Johnny Mathis, as the play list here demonstrates. Among the highlights are Chances Are, Blue Velvet, The Way You Look Tonight, Hello Young Lovers, The Twelfth of Never, Moonlight Cocktails, Stranger in Paradise, Wonderful Wonderful, And That Reminds Me, Alone, Goodnight My Love, and, of course, their one solid hit, the title tune here. In fact, most numbers in this collection bear a stylistic resemblance to that one hit. Sound quality is solid. Most tracks are in stereo. And there are no notes at all. Good spoonin' music. (DH)

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