Friday, January 4, 2008

News Roundup

~~LA Times: Ike and Tina Turner are rollin', rollin' in retrospective set: The pop world has focused for so long on the remarkably sensual energy and excitement of Ike & Tina Turner's old live show that it is often easy to forget the duo also made some dynamic records. But even if you have wanted to go back and check up on the pair's records from the 1960s and 1970s, it was difficult to know which "best of" collection to buy because the Turners recorded for so many labels. Time Life has finally put together what it bills as Ike & Tina's "first-ever complete career retrospective." Released just weeks before Ike's death Dec. 12, at age 76, the three-disc boxed set includes tunes from each of the Turners' most noteworthy label affiliations. The results are mixed, but the highlights of "The Ike & Tina Turner Story 1960-1975," mostly taken from their early days on Sue Records, offer astonishingly raw slices of soul music; music often as frenetic as Tina's hip-shaking moves onstage. (Read the Full Story Here)

~~This is an update on Columbus area music in 2007.

~~JFP: The Crossroads 'Round Midnight: The Tommy Johnson Story - "One of my absolute favorite “Southern” movies, “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” portrays characters based on both Greek mythology and actual Southern personalities. When Everett, Pete and Delmar run into a bluesman who has just sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads, they invite him along for the ride. Many people speculate that the character is based on Robert Johnson, but his name is Tommy Johnson in the movie. What you might not know is that there actually was a Tommy Johnson, and he was the first one to sign on that dotted line." (Read the Full Story Here)

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