Saturday, October 29, 2016

CD Review: Goldenlane Records Boxes Up Ike & Tina Turner's Pompeii Recordings

The husband and wife duo of Ike and Tina Turner were the king and queen of soul music in the late sixties and early seventies. Their version of "Proud Mary" was a top five hit in the U.S. in 1971, but prior to that, the couple failed to have a hit single, but over in Europe they became a huge sensation. They had a top five hit with the single "River Deep - Mountain High" and accepted the opening slot on the Rolling Stones European tour. While over seas, they recorded three albums worth of material for Pompeii Records. Goldenlane Records collected those recordings for the new box set, "The Complete Pompeii recordings 1968-1969."

The new set includes the albums, "So Fine," "Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin' On" and "A Black Man's Soul." All of the albums are represented in this set in their own sleeves that replicate the original album covers. The album "So Fine" showcases Tina Turner's gritty soul vocals on "Ain't Nobody's Business" and "It Sho Ain't Me." The album saves some of the best songs for the second side like their cover of "Sake A Tail Feather" and the title song "So Fine," which displays the wonderful voices surrounding Tina on vocals.

Their second album with Pompeii Records was "Cussin,' Cryin' & Carryin' On," which begins with the title song that displays the funkier side of Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm. They mix the sound up on this album featuring the blues of "Poor Little Fool," the up-tempo pop/rock of "I'm Fed Up" and the gospel/soul of "Make 'Em Wait." The album had an inconsistent flow, before they zeroed on a more rich soulful, R&B sound on their third album for Pompeii Records, "A Black Man's Soul."

The album begins with the funk-fueled instrumental "Thinking Black," before diving into the horn-fueled "Black Beauty." This album mainly focused on Ike Turner and his band leadership as The King's Of Rhythm were in top forms on tracks like "Funky Mule" and "Freedom Sound." To find out more about this new box set, "Ike & Tina Turner - The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969," please visit

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