Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ike & Tina Turner Live in '71 (DVD)

Got this DVD somewhere (surprised that I haven't written about it before) but just watched the concert on NetFlix and was once again blown away! Someone please let me know if there is any act today doing a revue that is even close to this! I love the whole structured revue, including the MC who introduces Ike, then the Ikettes, then Tina. Classic!

I have heard some Ike & Tina concerts where the band was a little thin, but that is certainly not the case here. Besides Ike's tasty guitar licks, there is another hot lead guitarist, bass, drums and a full horn section. This really brings to life songs like their take on Sly Stone's "I Want to Take You Higher" and their revision of Tina's hit with Phil Spector, "River Deep, Mountain High".

The set includes some of their classic covers like "Come Together", "Honky Tonk Women" and, of course, their biggest hit, "Proud Mary". Plenty of other great tunes, as well, though no "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter", even though the MC mentions it!

Of course, the star of the show here is Tina, with her incredible voice and fantastic moves, but the Ikettes add quite a lot to the visuals. They are all stunningly beautiful and amazingly sexy with super-short mini-dresses that don't allow for bras. The choreography really gives a whole 'nother dimension to the songs and simply moves can be highly sensual or crazily frantic. And judging from the fact that the majority of the audience here was male (and mostly white, but this was recorded in Holland, which could explain that), I'm sure these women were a big reason why many were in attendance!

All is all, a pretty perfect example of a rockin' soul revue!