The Bad Man: Rare & Unreissued Ike Turner Produced Recordings 1962–1965

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The Bad Man: Rare & Unreissued Ike Turner Produced Recordings 1962–1965 is a collection of singles produced by musician Ike Turner. The album was released by Night Train International in 2004.


In the early '60s, the Ike & Tina Turner Revue performed rigorously on the Chitlin' Circuit and built a reputation as "one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit."[1] To assure he always had a record out while on tour, Ike Turner formed multiple labels: Teena (named after his wife Tina Turner), Prann, Innis, Sony, and Sonja Records.[2] He released a handful of singles from vocalist within the Revue such as Robbie Montgomery and Jimmy Thomas, and he recorded other artists including Fontella Bass and George Jackson.[3]

A few of the recordings on The Bad Man charted upon their release. "No Bail In This Jail (Prisoner In Love)" by the Ikettes reached #126 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 in 1963.[4] "So Fine" by Ike & Tina and the Ikettes reached #50 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and #117 on Bubbling Under The Hot 100 in 1968.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]

Reviewing The Bad Man for AllMusic, Tim Sendra wrote:

None of the labels (Innis, Prann, Sonja, Sony, or Teena) amounted to much commercially, but quite a few of the sides on this disc stack up well against the hits Ike & Tina were having at the time for Sue. All of them have the quick and nasty sound that Ike always favors. Fidelity and a crisp clean sound were never priorities for Turner; instead, he wanted excitement and sweat, and that is what he usually got. The most successful and fully realized songs on The Bad Man feature Tina, as she was the perfect foil for Ike's clattering wall of sound.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ike Turner, except where indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Label & Cat #Length
1."The Drag" (Ike & Dee Dee Johnson) Innis 30022:21
2."Crazy In Love" (Robbie Montgomery and the Ike-ettes) Teena 17012:54
3."So Fine" (Ike & Tina Turner and the Ikettes)Johnny OtisInnis 66672:38
4."Prisoner In Love" (The Ikettes) Teena 17022:11
5."If I Can't Be First" (Ike & Tina Turner) Sonja 20012:14
6."Here's Your Heart" (Ike & Tina Turner)Lee Hazlewood, Marshall LeibInnis 30002:05
7."Pee Wee" (Robbie Montgomery and the Ike-ettes) Teena 17012:16
8."So Blue Over You" (Ike & Tina Turner and the Ikettes) Innis 66672:34
9."I'm Going Back Home" (Ike & Tina Turner) Sonja 20011:43
10."My Good Loving" (Fontella Bass)Oliver SainPrann 50052:25
11."Those Words" (The Ikettes) Teena 17021:51
12."Anything To Make It With You" (Vernon Guy) Sonja 20072:10
13."You Can't Have Your Cake (And Eat It Too)" (Ike & Dee Dee Johnson) Innis 30022:57
14."Gettin' Away" (The Turnabouts) Prann 50022:05
15."Cott'n Pick'n" (The Turnabouts) Prann 50022:18
16."I Love The Man" (Fontella Bass)Oliver SainPrann 50052:36
17."The Bad Man" (Bobby John) Sony 1112:12
18."Lonely Soldier" (Bobby John)Curtis MayfieldSony 1112:45
19."I Love Nobody But You" (Jimmy Thomas) Sonja 20042:29
20."Won't Nobody Cha-Cha With Me" (George Jackson) Prann 50032:48


  1. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Turner, Ike. (1999). Takin' Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner. Cawthorne, Nigel. London: Virgin. ISBN 1852278501. OCLC 43321298.
  3. ^ "Ike Turner Forms Label" (PDF). Billboard: 4. November 9, 1963.
  4. ^ "Bubbling Under The Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard: 24. May 11, 1963.
  5. ^ "Bubbling Under The Hot 100" (PDF). Billboard: 52. April 20, 1968.
  6. ^ "Ike & Tina Turner Chart History". Billboard.
  7. ^ a b "The Bad Man - Ike Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.