THAT KAT SURE COULD PLAY! THE SINGLES 1951-1957 (4CD)
Ike Turner with Houston Boines, Charley Booker, Drifting Slim, Johnny Ace, The Prisonaires, Little Milton, Raymond Hill, Baby Face Turner, The Flairs, Johnny Wright, Billy Gayles, The Rockers, The Kings Of Rhythm, The Delta Cats, Ike Turner Orchestra and more..
In the fifties Ike Turner was a mighty busy man. As well as running his full time blues band The Kings Of Rhythm and making hit records with them on Chess, he was working as a session musician for Sam Phillips Sun Records in Memphis as well as working as an A&R man discovering talented blues musicians and recording them for Joe Bihari's Modern Records of Los Angeles. On top of all that, he was criss-crossing the south on scouting expeditions and making recordings in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Ohio setting up his equipment in everything from state of the art studios and YMCA gyms to radio stations, black clubs, private houses and even a disused Greyhound Bus Station in Clarksdale where in March 1954 he produced some terrific blues blasters from Clayton Love, Dennis Binder and Lonnie The Cat!
The 118 tracks cover just seven hectic years in his life as a band leader and session man/producer on some of the most loved records in blues history. It's amazing to think that Ike was involved in sessions that produced Jackie Brenston's Rocket 88, Howlin' Wolf's How Many More Years and Riding In The Moonlight, Boyd Gilmore's All In My Dreams and Ramblin' On My Mind, Elmore James' Please Find My Baby and Hand In Hand,
Billy Emerson's If Lovin' Is Believing, BB King's 3 O'Clock Blues, Bobby Bland's Drifting From Town To Town and Roscoe Gordon's No More Doggin'! It's a selection of some truly marvellous blues music from all across the board from the raw rural blues of Charley Booker, the uptown boogie of Jackie Brenston to the big beating R&B of Clayton Love and the pioneering guitar wrangling of Boyd Gilmore - and Ike Turner's stamp is all over them. This man is pure blues royalty!
Wonderful music on four CDs with two booklets - one a full discography of the singles and the other eight pages of copious notes by Fred Rothwell. Excellent value, don't miss this!
Review Date: October 2010