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Friday, November 11, 2016

Goldenlane Records artists: Ike & Tina Turner - The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969 - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review Ike & Tina Turner, The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1968 3 CD Set on Cleopatra Records and it's a wealth of 60's soul and R&B music. This is a boxed set with three original LP covers and 10 pages of cool liner notes. Disc 1, So Fine includes It Sho Ain't Me, a slow R&B number with terrific vocals and back up vocals by the Ikettes. Another favorite is I Better Get Ta Steppin', a funky James Brown style track. Other highlights are Shake Your Tail Feather with it's fast paced rhythm, R&B hit, So Fine, with rich backing vocals and a solid bass line by Ike and You're So Fine. On Disc 2, Title track Cussin' Cryin' & Carryin' On they wastes no time getting in the groove. With sounds of early James Brown, Tina really has started to mature a little starting to stretch a bit and showing traces of contemporary Tina Turner. Black Beauty is an interesting Jazz funk fusion. It's instrumental composition is characteristic of an emerging sound that has weathered well. Wrapping this disc is a new, funkier version of Better Get Ta Steppin' showing some of Tina's best vocals to date. Disc 3, A Black Man's Soul, open is with Thinking Black, a horn driven instrumental with solid bass work by Ike. With it's light pop sound, Black's Alley, resembles Friends of Distinction. With it's driving drums and blazing horns, Funky Mule, has a lot of kick. On Philly Dog, there is an interesting play between Bari sax and trumpets. Wailing sax work takes the lead for a hip shaker. Wrapping the release of this fine set is spiritual based, Freedom Sound, with a balance of keys and horns. With it's cool bvalance of organ and piano, it's a fine closer for a cool vintage release.

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