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MR. GROOVE BAND

ROCKET 88 TRIBUTE TO IKE TURNER

2009-10-19

Nashville’s Mr. Groove Band led by producer, arranger and bassist Tim Smith has released a 13 track tribute CD that would certainly make the late great Ike Turner proud. The CD begins with the track many consider the first rock and roll single originally recorded in 1951 “Rocket 88”. The CD is primarily composed of tracks that were made famous during the Ike & Tina Turner days, including their hits “Proud Mary” and their signature track “Nutbush City Limits”. Mr. Groove Band also proves it knows how to lay out the funk on “Gold Soul Sister” and the Sly and the Family Stone classic “I Wanna Take You Higher”. Vocals and this disc are shared between Darryl Johnson and two Ikette’s. The first white Ikette Bonnie Bramlett from Delaney and Bonnie fame who worked with a who’s who of musicians for Stax records as well as a young Eric Clapton. Audrey Turner is the other who joined as an Ikette in the 1990’s and eventually became Ike’s wife. This tribute disc should prove to be a hit with fans of Ike Turner as well as those unfamiliar with this classic soul man. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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