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Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm - Ike's Instrumentalsdotdotdot
artworkIt's interesting to see an R&B artist influenced by surf, and especially one of Ike Turner's stature. Historically noteworthy at least, and a great connection between the worlds of R&B and surf.
Picks: Ho Ho, Prancin', The New Breed (Part 1), The New Breed (Part 2), Steel Guitar Rag, The Gulley, The Groove, Twist-A-Roo, Katanga, Trackdown Twist, Potato Mash, Doublemint, The Rooster, Going Home, Prancing, It's Gonna Work Out Fine, Twistin' The Strings, Cubano Jump (Hey Miss Tina), Loosley (The Wild One), Cuban Getaway, Go To It (Stringin' Along), All The Blues All The Time

Track by Track Review


Ho Ho dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a primitive R&B rocker with some fast playing by Ike Turner, complete with double picking and glissandos up and down the neck, along with Bo Diddley style choking. Released by Icky Renrut and featuring Ike's rockin' guitar over a romping rhythm track. From 1959.

Prancin' dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Prancin'" is a basic R&B dance number. The recording is somewhat indistinct, but the charm is clear. Icky Renrut's guitarist Ike Turner makes hay like Eddie Angel with licks from Larry Williams ("Dizzy Miss Lizzy") and Bo Diddley. From 1959.

The New Breed (Part 1) dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

1965's "The New Breed (Part 1)" sports some mighty warbly guitar whammy. Rockin' R&B with very cool rock 'n' roll guitar. From 1965.

The New Breed (Part 2) dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Part two continues down the same path, with more radical whammy and weirdness, and some double picked lines too. From 1965.

Steel Guitar Rag dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Country pickin' from 1962 shows that Ike Turner would have been comfortable at the barn dance as well as El Monte Legion Hall.

The Gulley dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"The Gulley" is a relatively pedestrian R&B b-side kinda tune with some sax wizardry and playful guitar pickin'. From 1962.

The Groove dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

An infectious stompin' beat boosts some very tasteful guitar licks. "The Groove" is not very melodic, but sports some double picking and wild fingering, plus stinging whammy. From 1962.

Twist-A-Roo dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Twist-A-Roo" is a moderately tempoed R&B number that uses a choppy horn track and guitar lickin'. More like a b-side filler, except for the whammy bar action. From 1962.

Katanga dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

The rhythm track here seems related to some early ska singles, as does the melody line. Infectious in a simple and honest way. The guitar lead got buried in he mix in spots, but it is still an infectious track. From 1962.

Trackdown Twist dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Chop guitar licks and pumping backtrack as if James Brown was about to borrow a lick or two. Great whammy bar action, and some cool double picked lines too, plus raw sax not unlike surf sax. From 1962.

Potato Mash dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a wholly predictable kind of track. No melody, just chord progressions and chop chords. The guitar is vibratoed, and the sax almost Steve Douglas-like. From 1962.

Doublemint dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Doublemint" is a jam kinda song, with much more to do with a riff than anything melodic. From 1962.

The Rooster dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Whammy dips galore in this guitar wrangler. Some licks borrowed from chicken bop, but mostly based around the whammy dip. From 1962.

Going Home dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow song with an island feeling bordering on island surf from 1962. Bluesy, yet surfable. Deep gutty notes that can only emanate from a Fender amp, and a relatively aquatic melody line.

Prancing dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This remake of "Prancing" is from 1962. While the guitar has near-surf tone, and there's ample stinging whammy, it is structurally an R&B groove. This is more interesting than the earlier version.

It's Gonna Work Out Fine dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Right from the first time I heard Ike and Tina Turner's "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," I thought it should be instrumentalized. Aside from that horn, this 1962 cut is pretty close in arrangement to the vocal backtrack, but less intense by quite a bit.

Twistin' The Strings dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a straight forward R&B jam with fender guitar leads. Stinging whammy and chokes, while very cool, don't take it out of the realm of R&B. From 1962.

Cubano Jump (Hey Miss Tina) dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Cubano Jump (Hey Miss Tina)" feature very heavy electric guitar for a 1954 recording. Spunky and raw, this is one primal and very early precursor to rock 'n' roll.

Loosley (The Wild One) dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

1954's "Loosley (The Wild One)" is much more typical of R&B instros of the day, little more than a riff and honking horns, like the rhythm track from a big band honker.

Cuban Getaway dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Cuban Getaway" sports great vibrato guitar out front in this fine example of the influence Cuban music had on pop and R&B in the mid fifties. From 1955, it's also more guitar dominated than most instros at the time.

Go To It (Stringin' Along) dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Also from 1955, "Go To It (Stringin' Along)" is a moody number with primitive guitar amp tone and a bit of maybe pocketknife fuzz. The backing rhythm is very infectious.

All The Blues All The Time dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This medley from 1963 includes "Feelin' Good," "Love My Baby," "Please Love Me," "Boogie Chillun," "Dust My Broom," "Rockin' and Rolling," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "Woke Up This Morning." It's way fun and a little gutty.