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Ike Turner :: Here and NowIke Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Here and Now
{2001 | IKON Records}

This is Ike Turners long awaited release that is reminiscent of some of his early stuff with Howlin' Wolf. On this gem of a blues CD Ike plays both guitar and piano while singing. "Rocket 88" was originally released in 1951 and now finds its way home as the tenth track on this eleven song collection.

You can sometimes catch Ike playing at the Sparta Blues Festival. He's got a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame and is an inductee of the Rock Hall of Fame.

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The tracks are:

1. "Tore Up" - electric blues guitar and big band horn sound
2. "Baby's Got It" - a piano blues instrumental, great track
3. "You Can't Winnum' All" - lots of guitar bending, piano boogie woogie and slow vocals
4. "Ike's Theme" - simply put, its a smokin', head bobbin' tune
5. "Catfish Blues" - how bout some 'Cornbread' with that Catfish? A bit of a Delta sound. Tasty blues morsel with classic piano blues shuffle
6. "Give You What You Wanted" - decent blues song, would have liked guitar up front and vocal in back, maybe less horn
7. "I Need A-Nuddin'" - not sure what the heck 'a-nuddin' is but its sound like I need one too! Pretty good song, I'd prefer more guitar/piano and less horns on this one too
8. "Swanee River Boogie" - I love it, this song has spousal approval, a cool piano boogie instrumental
9. "Feelin' Low Down" - This is a modern blues song, good beat and muted guitar
10. "Rocket 88" - greeaaat! I dug the piano, vocals, melody and sax
11. "Cold Day In Hell" - another winner. Nearly seven minutes of really good piano, harmonica, and guitar

Hopefully we won't have to wait as long for Ike's next album.

Ciao' for now, peace.

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