Private Dancer Original recording remastered
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As a Part of the EMI Cententary Celebrations, a Number of Classics CDs Are to Be Re-Issued with Extra Bonus Tracks and Enhanced Packaging. For this First Release in this Series Seven Tracks have Been Added (4 B-Sides and Extended Remixes).
Few have endured such turmoil as Tina Turner. In 1976, after 20 years toil with husband Ike, she was left with nothing but bruises, 36 cents and a Mobil gas card. Oh, and four children. Yet by 1985, with her big highlighted hair and little leather skirt recognised worldwide, she was a 10-million-seller, and a Hollywood star to boot. Collaborating with Heaven 17, Turner had achieved forward momentum. Now, signed to Capitol, she assembled about her a host of famous writer/producers, including Rupert Hine, Terry Brittan and Mike Chapman. The result was Private Dancer, a smart, mainstream and melody-heavy fusion of rock, pop and R&B making the most of Turner's world-weary persona and roughhouse soul inflections and featured huge singles like "What's Love Got to Do with It?" and the title track (written by Dire Straits's Mark Knopfler, guitar courtesy of Jeff Beck). Maybe rock's greatest comeback. --Dominic Wills
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Fans of the original album definitely need to get this 30th Anniversary upgrade. My two complaints are that:
1. They should have kept the original album cover with Tina nearly doing the splits on the platform in the black bodysuit. It was sexy yet classy. I never cared for the tarted-up image with the black cat—it’s not very flattering. Thankfully, the original image is on the booklet, which also has pics of the 12” singles but there are no lyrics inside.
2. They changed the sequencing. The original song order was perfect and fans are used to it.Read more ›
exquisitely interpreted. It's a concept album loosely based on a stripper's life and it amply showcases Tina Turner's multifaceted talents. The bitter What's Love Got To Do With It and the melancholy title track, both passionate ballads, were massive hits. Better Be Good To Me and Steel Claw are scorching rockers while she really adds a new dimension to her covers of Help and Let's Stay Together, another top 10 hit. I love Tina's interpretation of the Anne Peebles song I Can't Stand The Rain which was also a hit for Eruption way back in 1978. Private Dancer is a triumph of epic proportions, not only Turner's comeback album but a timeless masterpiece of exceptional songs infused with enough raunch to please her hardcore fans from the early days and enough pop appeal for the mainstream. Never before had her voice been wrapped around such quality but accessible and melodic material as on Private Dancer, making for a consistently enjoyable album with broad appeal. This reissue with the extra tracks is superb value for money - get it!
The first track is a purley autobiographical song called I Might Have Been Queen. Its a great opening track. Next is What's Love Got To Do With It. This was the biggest hit of the album going to #1 in America for 3 weeks and going gold. It also won her 3 grammys. Show Some Respect is a rock number that peaked at #37 in America. Most people probably recognize I Cant Stand the Rain from Missy Elliots remixed version. Private Dancer was on Tina's best recordings. It was also a huge hit hitting #7 in America. Let's Stay Together, the cover of the Al Green classic, is considered Tina's comeback song. It was her first solo hit, reaching #1 in Europe and #26 in America. Better Be Good To Me is Tina at her rock n roll best. This song also won Tina a Grammy for best Female Rock Vocal. Steel Claw simply rocks and proves why Tina is the Queen. Help is a gossiple flavored version of the Beatles #1 hit. The last song is a David Bowie composition called 1984. The year the album was made, the song is kinda spooky.
Private Dancer is not only Tina's biggest album, and her comeback album, but it is also a great piece of music from one of the best artist of our time. Its a classic pure rock n roll record and I recomend it to everybody.
Most recent customer reviews
CD quality is great. i am satisfied. Would have bought this again if the need arisen.Published 5 months ago by Saad Sayed
This record was recorded in many different locations which is probably why some songs have more depth than others. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Seeker
This album still has its moments but due to 80s production it is starting to age (in a bad way) - but it is Tina and the best songs (Steel claw, Private dancer) on this album are... Read morePublished 11 months ago by geomeister
The remastering sounds so great, I was skeptical but there is a BIG difference in sound quality. The original sounded fantastic and this remastering sounds even better. Five Stars!Published 12 months ago by mark chadwick
A classic album? Not really, it's more a good comeback album. Released in 1984 to coincide with Turner's comeback, the album featured the 1983 hit "let's stay together"... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by William
Never has a CD been oh so overated. This is not to deny the talent of Tina Turner. She has a powerful voice and puts some great energy into her music. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by G. J Wiener