After the major pop success enjoyed by Ike & Tina Turner with their version of Creedence Clearwater Revival s Proud Mary in 1971 and their 1969 tour supporting The Rolling Stones, Ike invested much of their earnings in building his own studio, Bolic, in Los Angeles. Ike spent virtually all of the time they had off the road recording Tina and The Ikettes on a seemingly endless stream of songs. In addition to many re-recordings of their famous hits from the 60s he encouraged Tina to perform songs from all across the musical spectrum and as well as blues classics and R&B standards he recorded many pop and rock hits not normally associated with an act like Ike & Tina Turner. Although the band had enjoyed many hits, including the British top ten hit River Deep, Mountain High , their success in America had been mainly confined to the Black audiences but thanks to the endorsements of rock stars like Mick Jagger and the producer Phil Spector they crossed over to the rock audience after 1969. Although many of their hits during the 70s were original songs like Nutbush City Limits they scored a top 60 pop hit in 1970 with a version of The Beatles, Come Together followed by a cover of their live showstopper, a version of Sly & The Family Stone s I Want To Take You Higher . The following year they peaked at No.4 with their incendiary revival of Proud Mary and what is collected here are a further 19 versions of well known songs recorded at Bolic during the early 70s.
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