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
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIsaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.
Live At Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minRay Charles was one of the true pioneers of soul music. Born in Georgia in 1930 he was one of the first performers to mix gospel, R & B and jazz to create a new form of black pop music that would come to be known as soul. His voice and delivery were strikingly different and instantly recognizable. He had his first hits in the early 50’s and was still hitting the charts into the 21st century. His death in June 2004 from liver disease was front-page news around the world. This concert was filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival
on July 19, 1997 and features Ray Charles and his orchestra, led by sax player Al Jackson, and of course The Raelettes. The set includes many of his most popular tracks such as Shadows Of My Mind, Georgia On My Mind, and the No.1 hit I Can’t Stop Loving You.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 56 minDr. Johns distinctive brand of "voodoo" blues, combining his inventive piano playing, gravely voice and the pure essence of New Orleans, has made him both a much-admired and much-loved character in a career that stretches over 40 years. Dr. John has graced the Montreux stage on six occasions. He decided that this concert from 1995 was the one he most wanted to see released in our Live At Montreux series. It is an exceptional performance and includes classic tracks such as Iko Iko and Right Place, Wrong Time.
Live at Montreux 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.
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minDirected by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney, and co-produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical interview footage, and rare archival. Film running time is 120 minutes. Bonus features include an essay by Mick Jagger, 27 minutes of additional interviews, commentary, photo gallery and Soul Train performances.
Live From Leicester Square
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minOriginally shot as a live webcast, this dark and moody club show will make a great addition to any collection. Classics such as "Another Man," "Parchman Farm" and "Room To Move" with newer songs like "Movin' Out and Movin' On" and "Mail Order Mystics" make this a treasured souvenir of the ongoing John Mayall journey.
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."
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.