Tina Turner, a Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll Covers
The most well-known instance, of course, is her and Ike’s reimagining — “cover” virtually looks like too reverent a phrase — of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s mid-tempo Southern rocker “Proud Mary.” The 1970 recording begins with Turner’s declaration that, regardless of what audiences may need from them, “we never ever do nothin’ nice and easy.” She then points a warning, as if that galloping tempo change within the center of the track would have been too stunning with out one: “We’re gonna take the beginning of this song and do it easy, but then we’re gonna do the finish rough. That’s the way we do ‘Proud Mary.’”
That was additionally the spirit behind her variations of “Help!,” “Come Together” and “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” — to call simply a few of the Beatles songs she positively Tina-fied. Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones bought the therapy, too, and so did “Louie Louie,” with a sultry, little-known rendition which — I’m not even making this up — louielouie.web (“The blog for all things Louie Louie”) known as “one of the essential Louie Louie recordings!” with some all-caps emphasis. Amen to that.
Tina Turner was a seismic, once-in-a-lifetime musical drive, however I don’t have to inform you that; I’ll let this playlist do the speaking. And I’ll let my colleague Wesley Morris, who wrote an appraisal worthy of the queen, do some of it too: “They’re saying she was 83? Nobody’s buying that. The ingredients made her seem immortal. For seven decades of making music, it all sizzled in her. That energy. It shot from her — from her feet, thighs, hands, arms, shoulders, out of her hair, out of her mouth.”
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1. “Come Together”
Released as a single in December 1969, simply two months after the Beatles’ personal model, this soulful tackle the leadoff monitor from “Abbey Road” reveals off the raspy depth and melodic management of Turner’s voice. (Listen on YouTube)
2. “Honky Tonk Women”
In late 1969, Ike and Tina toured with the Rolling Stones — a gap gig eternally immortalized in an unforgettable scene within the documentary “Gimme Shelter,” when Turner unleashes a transcendent “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” Around the time of the tour, the duo began taking part in their very own revamped “Honky Tonk Women,” by which Tina flips the titular character from object to topic. Especially in Stones songs about sexual conquests, Mick Jagger wasn’t precisely recognized for writing nuanced feminine characters (“Some Girls,” ahem), however right here, brilliantly, Tina turns mildly chauvinistic supply materials into an impassioned demand for equal partnership: “I’m a honky tonk woman,” she sings, hungrily. “Gimme, gimme, gimme a honky tonk man.” (Listen on YouTube)