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Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner

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Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner

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Ike Turner, Tina Turner
Pop, Reissues

We gave it a B-

Long before she became a household name in the ’80s, Tina Turner earned her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an incendiary rhythm & blues belter, the riveting centerpiece of her husband Ike’s kinetic soul revue. This limited compilation of the Turners’ career begins with their first seven singles together — gutsy Southern soul stirrers recorded between 1960 and 1962 — then leaps to 1970, when the duo cannily began targeting the rock audience with idiosyncratic interpretations of the Beatles’ ”Come Together” and Creedence Clearwater’s ”Proud Mary.” Al Quaglieri’s exemplary liner notes provide fascinating background and insight, but Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner still isn’t a first-rate retrospective. If nothing else, the inclusion of a modest remake of ”River Deep, Mountain High” instead of the monumental version produced by Phil Spector, makes Proud Mary a compromise rather than a victory. B-