Come Together (Ike & Tina Turner album)

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Come Together
Ike & Tina Turner - Come Together.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1970
LabelLiberty Records
ProducerIke Turner
Ike & Tina Turner chronology
Ike & Tina Turner's Festival of Live Performances
(1970)
Come Together
(1970)
Workin' Together
(1970)
The Ikettes chronology
In Person
(1969)
Come Together
(1970)
(G)Old & New
(1974)
Singles from Come Together
  1. "Come Together"
    Released: January 1970
  2. "I Want to Take You Higher"
    Released: May 1970

Come Together is a studio album by R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner and their backing vocalists the Ikettes, released on Liberty Records in May 1970.[1]

Content and release[edit]

Following Ike and Tina's tour with the Rolling Stones in November 1969, the duo began incorporating rock songs into their repertoire. In January 1970, they released their version of the Beatles' "Come Together" on Minit Records. It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 21 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart.[2] Due to the success of the single, they were promoted to the more mainstream Liberty Records. Their second single, "I Want to Take You Higher" by Sly and the Family Stone was released in May 1970. It peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart.[3][4]

The track "Evil Man" was originally recorded as "Evil Woman" by the band Crow,[5] more famously remembered for the version Black Sabbath released in January 1970. Ike & Tina Turner's recording is gender swapped, describing a man rather than a woman.

The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Soul LP's chart and at number 130 on the Top LP's chart.[6][7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[8]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[9]

Reviewing the album in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote:

Tina is more convincing when she's growling out Ike's songs about her sexual appetites (I sure couldn't handle her) than when she's belting out Ike's songs about the social fabric ("Why can't we be happy like we used to be") ... And the rock covers take some strain off Ike — especially when Tina sings a Beatles song that's about both her sexual appetites and the social fabric.[9]

Reissues[edit]

Come Together was digitally remastered and released by BGO records on the compilation CD Come Together/Nuff Said in 2010.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ike Turner, except where noted.[11]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It Ain't Right (Lovin' To Be Lovin')" 2:34
2."Too Much Woman (For A Henpecked Man)" 2:31
3."Unlucky Creature" 2:25
4."Young And Dumb" 2:50
5."Honky Tonk Women"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards3:30
6."Come Together"John Lennon, Paul McCartney3:37
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Why Can't We Be Happy" 3:49
2."Contact High" 2:16
3."Keep On Walkin' (Don't Look Back)" 2:07
4."I Want To Take You Higher"Sylvester Stewart2:51
5."Evil Man"Larry Weiss3:25
6."Doin' It" 2:41

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
US Billboard Top LP's[7] 130
US Billboard Soul LP's[6] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Album Releases" (PDF). Billboard. May 2, 1970.
  2. ^ "Best Selling Soul Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 36. March 14, 1970.
  3. ^ "Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard. August 29, 1970.
  4. ^ "Best Selling Soul Singles" (PDF). Billboard: 40. June 27, 1970.
  5. ^ "From the music capitols of the world". Billboard. May 23, 1970.
  6. ^ a b "Best Selling Soul LP's" (PDF). Billboard: 42. July 4, 1970.
  7. ^ a b "Top LP's" (PDF). Billboard. June 20, 1970.
  8. ^ "Come Together - Ike & Tina Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved August 4, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  10. ^ "Come Together/Nuff Said". BGO Records.
  11. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner And The Ikettes - Come Together". Discogs.