Picks and Pans Review: Golden Empire

updated 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ike & Tina Turner

There's a whole generation of Tina fans who never heard her in her earlier incarnation as the hotter half of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. From '59 to '76 the husband-and-wife team, best known for their 1971 hit Proud Mary, fronted a steamy road show that made Mick Jagger's sexy stage act look benign. (Indeed, Jagger has acknowledged that Tina was a major influence on his performing style.) This record includes 10 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1974, shortly before the Turners' marriage ended. Ike's original songs are mixed with tightly knit arrangements of R & B standards—I Know (You Don't Want Me No More) and Shake a Hand. Ike's lyrics often are swaggering, especially on the title cut, but Tina sings them with palpable conviction: "I don't need no more than he's got/ 'Cuz when he was born he was my kinda guy, yes sir/ Whole lot of things that I ain't got/ But I got 'im, I want 'im, he's my golden empire." Then there's Too Much Man for One Woman, probably one of the last things Ike wrote for his former wife. Tunes such as Ike's Bootsie Whitelaw and Troy Seals and Don Goodman's Mississippi Rolling Stone are poignant reminders of Ike's and Tina's productive if sometimes tumultuous years together. They also show that as dynamic as Tina is today, nobody ever got more out of her musically than Ike. (Striped Horse, 1040 North Las Palmas, Los Angeles, Calif. 90038)

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