Ike & Tina Turner, live at the legendary Olympia in Paris from January 30, 1971. They always said James Brown was the hardest working man in show business – but the hardest working Woman in show business was, hands-down Tina Turner.
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue was wall-to-wall energy; it was non-stop. And realizing they maintained this fever-pitch night after night, and during the early days sometimes several times a night, only added a level of respect and admiration, not just because they were amazing as artists, but they were so completely dedicated as performers.
I saw them several times over the years and they never phoned it in – and this concert is further evidence of just how audiences truly appreciated and loved them.
With a string of hits going back to 1960, it really wasn’t until the mid-60s where they achieved mainstream success, that the audience truly appreciated who was in their midst. Prior to that, it was the Chitlin Circuit – tiny clubs and venues all through the South; the grind. But this was also the place to hone skills, and no doubt that endless succession of backwater towns proved to be a key ingredient in their eventual success. But they had an easier time of it in Europe than in the States, even in the early days. And this performance in Paris gives you an idea of just how popular they had always been in Europe, ever since the Rolling Stones first booked them as an opening act for a UK tour in 1966.
But this is 1971, and Ike & Tina Turner have been household names for a while. Still, as always, they gave 110%. If you aren’t familiar with them, here is a great opportunity to hear what everybody else heard almost 45 years ago. Although Ike is gone and he and Tina divorced many-many years earlier, and Tina Turner went on to a whole other career as a solo artist, the music and the presentation from 1971 is still fresh and the music is still vital.
And I would definitely crank this one up, if I were you.