Ike Turner's infamous lifestyle has obscured the fact that he was a pioneer in the infusion of R&B into the realm of rock -- one need only examine the credits on early Sun Records releases for proof. His hopped-up swamp boogie and blues of the old days still pack a punch.
Ike Turner Concert Films
Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm Live in Concert : North Sea Jazz Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minIn this concert from 2002 the late R&B legend Ike Turner performed highlights from his extraordinary five-decade career.
Ike Turner, the man widely credited as making the first-ever rock’n’roll record, died in December 2007, at the age of 76.
One of the most important and influential figures in popular music, he played a key role in the development of rock ’n’ roll, soul and funk music from its early roots in Fifties R&B. Truly multi-talented, as a writer, music scout, arranger, performer and musician, Ike was responsible for a string of classic recordings and hits over the years.
Recorded at Sun Records back in 1951, his ground-breaking R&B chart topper ‘Rocket 88’ is regarded as being the first rock‘n’roll record ever.
Teaming up with future wife Tina in the late Fifties, the duo produced some of the most memorable soul and funk records of the Sixties and early Seventies, many of which crossed over into the pop mainstream. Ike’s immense music talent tended to be unfairly overlooked at times in favour of the media’s fascination with his often controversial personal life, such as his stormy relationship with Tina and his notorious abuse of cocaine over many years.
Always a much-respected figure amongst hip-hop and R&B stars, his musical legacy has since been recognised by the rest of the music community. Ike had made a major comeback in recent years - touring the world and recording a string of acclaimed albums – in 2007 winning the Grammy Award for Comeback Album of The Year for his ‘Rising With The Blues’.
Ike Turner’s outstanding musicianship is very evident from this concert performance filmed at the 2002 North Sea Jazz Festival which features highlights from his extraordinary five-decade career. The package includes blazing versions of the big hits ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Rocket 88’.
The 30-minute documentary ‘The Early Years’ chronicles his early days as a music trailblazer in the Fifties, whilst the 18-minute film ‘Memphis Heroes Award’ honours his contributions to popular music.
Ike Turner Top Tracks
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minIn the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
“Guitar” wasn’t just his nickname; it was his life. John Watson was one of the great players of that instrument in the 1950’s, applying it to blues, R&B and early rock. He was an experimenter and an innovator who pioneered the use of feedback and reverb, and influenced hundreds of fellow players.
The pioneering rocking guitarist, an inspiration for countless axemen who followed in his wake, is captured in blistering form in this concert from 1993.
I Can't Stand the Rain
Runtime: 46 minThis performance was recorded at Belgium's renowned Lokerse Feesten in 1996. As well as the classic 'I Can't Stand The Rain', the concert includes an awesome version of the autobiographical 'St. Louis Woman (With A Memphis Melody)'. She is best known for her inspirational recording of 'I Can't Stand The Rain', a 1974 classic which no less an icon than John Lennon described as "the greatest single ever." That clearly puts Ann Peebles right up there with soul divas like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and while the amount of her recorded work doesn't match up to theirs, it's hardly quantity that we're counting. This is all about quality and Ann Peebles has that aplenty.
Cook With The Hook: Live 1974
John Lee Hooker
Runtime: 45 minOn Saturday, July 6, 1974, Mississippi-Delta bluesman John Lee Hooker was a star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner Massachusetts was called "Down in the Dumps," a musical event held in the city landfill area. , Hooker's performance was captured on a three camera shoot and broadcast on cable television in local cities and towns.
Live at Montreux 1975-1993
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minIn the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
Etta James, who passed away in 2012, was such a magnetic singer and presence that she was a semi-regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which is pretty selective about its bills. After her crack band opens with a couple, including “Hold On, I’m Coming,” James kills on “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You,” and several more. “Come to Mama,” indeed!
Etta James made many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival across her long and distinguished career from her first concert in 1975 through to her last in 2008. This film focuses on the concert from 1993 when she was at her absolute peak and complements it with selected tracks from many other Montreux appearances. It features many of her best loved tracks and songs that she is particularly associated with. Etta James was one of the most respected performers of her generation. In a career stretching over 60 years she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and the Blues Hall Of Fame, won 3 Grammys and received many more nominations and was named Female Blues Artist Of The Year on no less than 14 occasions. Sadly, Etta James passed away after a long illness in January 2012 and this film is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th century.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 58 minOne of the greatest entertainers of all time and the most influential black artist of the 20th century, Mr. James Brown appears here in one of his legendary live shows. This concert, recorded during the glory days of the great man's career at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, includes a live selection of Brown's monster hits. So get ready to go back, way back to 1985 and take your exclusive seat to see the Godfather of Soul perform!
Live at Montreux 2006
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minSoul legend Solomon Burke delivers a twenty-song set in Montreux. He delivers renditions of such classics as "Georgia On My Mind," and "I Will Survive,", and he performs a number of medleys that include such recognizable standards as "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," and "Tutti Frutti."