Jun 26

Ike & Tina Turner – Workin’ Together (1971/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:13 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Universal Music GmbH

The most successful album ever released by Ike & Tina Turner, 1971’s Workin’ Together blends Ike Turner originals with covers of popular songs from the Beatles and of course the couple’s signature tune and Grammy winner, Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Workin’ Together remains Ike and Tina’s highest-charting album, peaking at number 25 in the US, while Proud Mary sold over a million copies, reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Released early in 1971, a few months after Come Together, their first album for Liberty Records, Workin’ Together was the first genuine hit album Ike & Tina had in years; actually, it was their biggest ever, working its way into Billboard’s Top 25 and spending 38 weeks on the charts. They never had a bigger hit (the closest was their Blue Thumb release, Outta Season, which peaked at 91), and, in many ways, they didn’t make a better album. After all, their classic ’60s sides were just that — sides of a single, not an album. Even though it doesn’t boast the sustained vision of such contemporaries as, say, Marvin Gaye and Al Green, Workin’ Together feels like a proper album, where many of the buried album tracks are as strong as the singles. Like its predecessor, it relies a bit too much on contemporary covers, which isn’t bad when it’s the perennial “Proud Mary,” since it deftly reinterprets the original, but readings of the Beatles’ “Get Back” and “Let It Be,” while not bad, are a little bit too pedestrian. Fortunately, they’re entirely listenable and they’re the only slow moments, outweighed by songs that crackle with style and passion. Nowhere is this truer than on the opening title track, a mid-tempo groover (written by Eki Renrut, Ike’s brilliant inverted alias) powered by a soulful chorus and a guitar line that plays like a mutated version of Dylan’s “I Want You” riff. Then, there’s the terrific Stax/Volt stomper “(Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You,” possibly the highlight on the record. Though they cut a couple of classics over the next few years, most notably “Nutbush City Limits,” the duo never topped this, possibly the best proper album they ever cut. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1. Workin’ Together 03:36
2. (As Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You 02:25
3. Get Back 03:05
4. The Way You Love Me 02:38
5. You Can Have It 03:30
6. Game Of Love 02:47
7. Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter 02:35
8. Ooh Poo Pah Doo 03:37
9. Proud Mary 04:58
10. Goodbye, So Long 01:57
11. Let It Be 03:11

Personnel:
Tina Turner, lead vocals
Ike Turner, lead vocals (intro of ‘Proud Mary’)
The Ikettes, background vocals
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm, all instruments