september 18, 2015

Ike & Tina Turner - Live In Paris At The Olympia Theatre 1971 (1971)

Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike Turner and Tina Turner.

The duo was once considered "one of the hottest, most durable, and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles".

“Ike & Tina Turner: Live In Paris at the Olympia Theatre 1971” is recorded "live" at the Olympia Theater Paris, January 30, 1971.

This double album set captures, the excitement of the live concert of the duo as they roar through Paris.
The Ikettes sound great as the opening act, and once Tina hits the stage she tears it up!  The guitar is gritty, and Tina sings with her whole body, the sound is urgent, cathartic, and when she and the guitar start to talk to each other, something happens that is so graceful, so natural, yet so unpredictable, so fierce… you have to hear it to love it….

While in the studio they were experimenting a new, funky, electric, rock sound, Ike & Tina Turner's shows hadn't changed much since the mid 60s; the new hits "Proud Mary", "Honky Tonk Women", "Come Together" merge with the old ones "A Love Like Yours" while even the Ikettes' number is present (3 songs!) and the opening Tina medley is the same one can find in "In Person" (but the instrumental rendition of "Gimme Some Lovin'" is particularly rocking here!).

P.S. be not fooled by the 10 minute version of I Smell Trouble because it's full of the chat that was part of the Revue's shows since 1964...

Side A
A1.  Grumbling (performed by: Ike Turner)  (1:07)
A2.  You Got Me Hummin’ (performed by: The Ikettes)  (4:00)
A3.  Everyday People (performed by: The Ikettes)  (2:13)
A4.  Shake A Tail Feather (performed by: The Ikettes)  (2:12)
A5.  Medley: Gimme Some Loving / Sweet Soul Music  (3:39)
A6.  Son Of A Preacher Man  (2:45)

Side B
B1.  Come Together  (3:30)
B2.  Proud Mary  (8:48)
B3.  A Love Like Yours Don’t Come Knocking Everyday  (3:37)

Side C
C1.  I Smell Trouble  (10:00)
C2.  Respect  (3:55)
C3.  Honky Tonk Women  (2:05)

Side D
D1.  I’ve Been Loving You Too Long  (7:15)
D2.  I Want To Take You Higher  (4:45)
D3.  Land Of 1000 Dances  (4:57)

Arranged By – Ike Turner
Art Direction – Patrick Sabatier
Engineer [Recording] – Roger Roche
Photography By – Jean-Pierre Leloir
Producer – Eddie Adamis
Recording Supervisor, Sequenced By [Sequencing] – Michel Poulain

Release: 1971
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk
Format: 2 LP
Length:  1:06:05
Label:  Liberty Records
Catalog#  LBS 83468

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