Review: Ike Turner – Trouble Up The Road (The Recordings 1961)

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013

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Ike Turner – Trouble Up The Road – 1961)

(Secret Records: SECCD060)

Here’s a fabulous third Ike Turner compilation from the good folk at Secret Records – following on from “Ike Turner: That Cat Sure Can Play 1951-57” and “Ike Turner: Jack Rabbit Blues 1958-60” . . . . “Trouble Up The Road 1961” is a 26-track collection of recordings from that year, and is is well worthy of investigation.

The legendary songwriter, guitarist, pianist, singer and producer is featured in the company of ex-wife Tina Turner, as well as lesser-known folk such as Jimmy & Jean, Eloise Carter and Mickey & Sylvia . . . together with better-known artistes such as Jackie Brenston, Albert King and Billy Gales.

There is hardly a ‘duffer’ on offer here as Turner’s distinctive guitar work shines and at times he plays some great piano – the package comes with a 12-page booklet with detailed essay from Fred Rothwell, giving extensive background to the tracks; and also a detailed discography with musicians and session details.

It’s fascinating to hear the raw talent of the once-Annie Mae Bullock – who became the great Tina Turner in tandem with Ike’s musical prowess and also the host of other talented performers featured . . . this comes from a golden era for pure R&B, soul and blues and comes highly recommended!


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