Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Crow - Black Sabbath - Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes

Crow - Black Sabbath - Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes

What's the connection you say?

Why it's Evil Woman, Evil Man....

OK so i took the day off from work today hence the double posting....

Anyway, it's 1969 and Minneapolis blues-rock quintet Crow release the single "Evil Woman Don't You Play Your Games with Me" & it cracked the U.S. Top 20, even though its distinctive horn arrangement was overdubbed against the band's wishes.

The same year in England Black Sabbath are set to sign with Vertigo records when their manager at the time thinks it a good idea to cover the Crow "hit" to try and cash in. It is their first single and it makes the UK version of the self titled Black Sabbath album released in 69 on vertigo. When the album is released in 1970 in the US on Warner Brothers it is not on the album. (My copy with Evil Woman is an 80's pressing on Nems) On the Sab cut the horns are replaced by a guitar solo by Tony Iommi but he mimics the horns identically.

Now the same year, 1970, Ike must hear this tune and thinks it would be funky enough to have his old lady Tina sing it and turn the lyrics into "Evil Man". Which brings us to this point here. This is how Crow, Black Sabbath & Ike & Tina Turner are forever connected in the annals of rock & roll history...

Funky fresh yo!

Crow - Evil Woman

Black Sabbath - Evil Woman

Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes - Evil Man

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dig the crow...oh i have it. flip side is a monster!