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Ike & Tina Turner

Feel Good

Release Notes
  • 180 gram LP x 1 standard sleeve
  • Recorded at Bolic Sound, March 1972

Feel Good, not Superfly, is the sound of early-‘70s pimping — even when the tempo slows down, which happens rarely, it’s for a slow blues grind, not a ballad, and songs like Tina’s “Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)” make no apologies for mythologizing pimps. This results in a supremely sleazy, utterly addictive record, one that’s relentless in its rhythms and fearless in its funk as Ike lays down nasty rock & roll guitar — check his solos on “Feel Good,” where he’s as elastic as rubber — and Tina tears it up with pure, unbridled passion.

Feel Good is quintessentially ‘70s — the fuzztoned funk practically conjures up platform shoes and mile-wide collars — but it doesn’t belong to any one sound, it casually draws from Southern soul, James Brown funk, black pride, Superfly style and juke joint R&B, a sound that is uniquely identified with Ike & Tina. And while this contains no flat-out classics like “Nutbush City Limits” or “Proud Mary,” as an album Feel Good undoubtedly ranks among their very best: it’s a non-stop party.