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Portrait In Blues

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Artist: Ike & Tina Turner
Genre: Blues
Release Date: March 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
3½ stars out of 4

The story of Ike and Tina Turner is one of the more legendary in music circles because of the real life circumstances that brought Tina into the public eye. Tina was abused by her husband Ike, and she broke free and became a huge success as a solo artist. Because of that success she became a symbol for abused women worldwide and an inspiration for female artists in the recording business.

Ike is also a legendary musical figure regardless of his history of abuse with Tina. Arguably he wouldn't have been looked upon in history so favorably if it wasn't for his wife Tina. He did make a critical contribution to music by playing piano on Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," which is frequently cited as one of the very first rock 'n' roll records. He dropped into relative obscurity after Tina left him, proving the importance of her role to his career.

This boxed set contains four early albums that hadn't been released previously domestically, and the contents provide verification of the importance to music that both Ike and Tina had before they parted ways.

"Thinking Black," "Black Beauty," "Ghetto Funk," and "Blacks Alley," are all tight instrumentals that show how skillful a musician Ike was. He played guitar and piano with equal exactitude and professionalism. On the other side of the coin where the vocals came in, Tina became one of the first Queen's of rock 'n' roll. Her voice was an instrument. She had total command and sang with soul and conviction.

On songs like "Cussin' Cryin' and Carryin' On," "I Am A Motherless Child," and "Please Love Me," Tina's vocals seem like an emotionally charged cry for help rather than a musical statement. That is the very quality that made her such a great lead singer; she gave every bit of what was inside her to each song.

There is no doubt that this is all great music that you will appreciate. If you are looking for informative and concise liner notes you will be disappointed. The information provided is adequate however very carelessly with typographical errors and incorrect grammar usage. This has been an issue with some of the Comet Records packages; it's too bad because it really takes away from the exceptional efforts put into presenting the music. In the end it's the music that makes all the difference though, as this is an extraordinary offering of Ike and Tina Turner's legacy.

Disc One

Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On

1. Black Angel
2. Getting Nasty
3. A Fool In Love
4. Nothing You Can Do Boy
5. Shake A Tail Feather
6. I'm Fed Up
7. You Got What You Wanted
8. Betcha Cant Kiss Me (Just One Time)
9. Cussin' Cryin' and Carryin' On
10. Aint Nobody's Business
11. Funky Mule
12. Thinking Black
13. Black Beauty
14. Ghetto Funk
15. Blacks Alley

Disc Two

So Fine

1. Betcha Cant Kiss Me (Just One Time)
2. ' T Aint Nobody's Business (What Me And My Man Do)
3. It Sho Ain't Me
4. To Hot To Hold
5. (Am I) A Fool In Love
6. I Better Get To Steppin'
7. Shake A Tail Feather
8. So Fine
9. We Need An Understanding
10. You're So Fine

Bonus Tracks

11. Poor Little Fool
12. So Blue Over You
13. Make 'Em Wait
14. Beauty Is Just Skin Deep
15. I Cant Stop Loving You
16. Tell The Truth (Live)
17. Good Times (Live)
18. You Are My Sunshine (Live)
19. Something's Got A Hold On Me (Live)

Disc Three

Outta Season

1. I've Been Loving You So Long
2. Mean Old World
3. 3 O'Clock In The Morning Blues
4. Five Long Years
5. Dust My Broom
6. Grumbling
7. I Am A Motherless Child
8. Crazy Bout You Baby
9. Reconsider Baby
10. Honest I Do
11. Please Love Me
12. My Babe
13. Rock Me Baby

The Hunter

14. The Hunter
15. You Don't Love Me
16. You Got Me Running
17. Bold Soul Sister
18. I Smell Trouble
19. The Things I Used To Do
20. Early In The Morning
21. You're Still My Baby
22. I Know



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