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The Kent Years

  • 1. I Can't Believe What You Say
    2. My Baby Now - (previously unreleased)
    3. What Do You Think I Am
    4. Baby Don't Do It
    5. I Don't Need
    6. Goodbye, So Long
    7. Hurt Is All You Gave Me
    8. Gonna Have Fun
    9. You Can't Miss Nothing
    10. All I Could Do Was Cry (AKA Stop the Wedding) - (previously unreleased)
    11. I Need a Man
    12. You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too - (previously unreleased)
    13. Lose My Cool
    14. He's the One
    15. Chicken Shack
    16. Five Long Years - (previously unreleased)
    17. Flee, Flee, Fla
    18. I Wish My Dreams Would Come True
    19. Over You
    20. Makin' Plans Together
    21. Shake It Baby - (previously unreleased)
    22. Don't You Blame It on Me
    23. Hard Times
    24. Give Me Your Love
    25. It's Crazy Baby
    26. Something Came over Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 182

  • Credits
    ProducerPeter Gibbon (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by John Ridley.
    Liner Note Author: John Ridley.
    Twenty-six of the duo's 1964-1967 recordings (five previously unissued) for the Kent and Modern labels are on this compilation. Note, however, that this is just a partial retrospective of their mid-'60s work, since during this time the Turners were also releasing sides on several different other labels. It remains, though, a good sampling of their sound during this era, when their soul tracks still betrayed much of their blues/R&B roots, and before the arrangements had gotten as heavy and beefy as they would in the late '60s and early '70s. Tina Turner's vocals are unflaggingly enthusiastic and committed, if perhaps not as nuanced as they could be. What keeps this from the top rank of mid-'60s soul, however, is the largely average, occasionally below average material (mostly written by Ike Turner). It's often a collision of blues, chitlin circuit R&B, and brassy pop-soul that sounds a bit dashed off. There are some ace moments along the way, of course, like the infectious "I Can't Believe What You Say," the down-and-bluesy "Hurt Is All You Gave Me," and the swaggering soul-swing shuffle of "Chicken Shack." Ike Turner's twangy guitar seems underutilized for much of the set, and there's very little of the vocal sparring that would be such a big part of their act by the early '70s. Tina Turner goes into a big rap on the previously unissued "All I Could Do Was Cry" where she really overdoes the raspy breast-beating; Etta James' more famous version has a big edge. "Give Me Your Love" is minor-keyed blues/R&B that's not too far from Otis Rush territory; at the other extreme, "Makin' Plans Together" has gossamer strings typical of the New York pop-soul on the Scepter/Wand labels. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (5-6/01, p.100) - "...A thrilling overview of the duo's 1964-67 studio work..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.124) - "...[Their] sheer sexual energy and exhilaration on-stage [was] rivaled only by James Brown and His Famous Flames....This gathers together their studio cuts for the Kent and Modern labels from 1964 to '67..."
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