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ARTIST: Tina Turner
TITLE: Private Dancer
GENERAL: This UK promo audio CD album was accompanied by an article about Tina Turner which began: "Rock diva Tina Turner's brilliant album Private Dancer. Featuring the classic hits What's Love Got To Do With It and the awesome title track, this smash-hit album made Tina a worldwide star." Following on from this is an interview with the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll (as opposed to an Acid Queen - the title of her second solo album & associated movie role).
As evident from the rear of the case, this flurry of activity was to promote the 2009 European leg of Tina! Live in Concert (subsequently renamed 'Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour'). The interview is transcribed beneath this listing.
STYLE OF MUSIC: Rock, Pop Rock, Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Soul
TRACKLIST (followed by approx running time of each song):
1 I Might Have Been Queen 4:08
2 What's Love Got To Do With It 3:49
3 Show Some Respect 3:19
4 I Can't Stand The Rain 3:40
5 Private Dancer 7:16
6 Let's Stay Together 5:15
7 Better Be Good To Me 5:15
8 Steel Claw 3:48
9 Help 4:29
10 1984 3:10
NB. All songs performed by Tina Turner.
FORMAT: CD in illustrated card sleeve in the style of the vinyl original (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: EMI Music Ltd. / Capitol Records LLC / The Mail on Sunday (2008)
CATALOGUE NUMBER: UPTTPD001
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
INTERVIEW WITH TINA TURNER: This was linked with the release of this CD. The original can be seen at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1076312/ . Or you can just read on...
[Here, in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Tina gives a remarkable insight into her troubled early life, how Private Dancer came about, why it remains so special to her & why; at the age of 68, she is out on the road again.
As her state of the art tour bus speeds down the Chicago highway, Tina Turner suddenly throws her hands up in the air and bursts out laughing. "If you want the real truth", she says. "I can’t actually believe I am sitting here right now & that in a few hours I’m about to step out on a stage, get on those heels and start shaking my bootie. It’s something that was never the plan but just sort of happened. But, you know what? This is one hell of a ride." She is, of course, talking about her world tour. The reviews (piled up in the back of the bus) have been outstanding, the show is bigger, better, slicker & more spectacular than anything she's ever done before. There are pyrotechnics, James Bond-style special effects, costume changes galore & then there's Tina - & those legs. She throws her head back and laughs again. "Oh my!" she says in her deep Southern twang. "The legs. Yes, they're in good shape. I've danced since I was a kid, I've spend five decades dancing in heels & my legs are the result of years of exercising & good genes."
"It makes me laugh - I look at the reviews and they talk about my voice & the show, but the thing they really go on about is still the legs [see rear album artwork]. I once went on a TV show wearing a trouser suit and the audience was deadly quiet. I'd no idea what the problem was, then someone whispered to me: 'They want to see your legs. When we ask for Tina Turner we want her to bring her legs.' This was the tour that was never supposed to happen. 8 years ago, at the age of 60, she went into retirement to spend time with her long-term partner, music executive Erwin Bach, dividing her time between homes in Switzerland & France. "I just wanted time out," she says. "I never looked back; didn't miss it, or crave that celebrity world. I certainly didn't sit in my room surrounded by my stage costumes! Just needed a rest. I did absolutely nothing but chill out & was happy. But every now and again I'd do a little performance & people would come up to me & say: 'When are you coming back? ' I'd just laugh a little & say this was it. Then, last year at a Georgio Armani fashion show, I was seated next to Sophia Loren & she said: 'So, Tina. When are you coming back? ' I smiled & said: 'I needed to have a rest, Sophia. ' She looked at me again & shook her head 'Tina, you've had your rest, but you're a star. It's your duty to get back out there.' An hour or so later, Georgio (Armani) came over & said: 'Tina, it's time. You gotta go back now."
"For some reason those two just got to me. It was like an ambush. I started thinking… I saw the Eagles were out on the road, the Rolling Stones. These guys are my generation. I just thought. Okay. If I don't do it now, it's going to be too late. I'm 70 next year. It was now or never - my voice is good, my body's still holding out. I think about my audience really, this tour is for them. It's my thank you for giving me my life back & it's a sort of closure too. A flashback tour. I wanted to give people everything they love which is why I went back to the short skirts, the wild dance routines, the wigs, the big numbers &, of course the legs. It's just my final great big celebration." But this is no ordinary artist. This is Tina Turner. This is a tour about a triumphant survivor. It is, perhaps, no coincidence that the tour was announced just a matter of months after the death of Ike Turner (he died in December 2007) - the man who discovered, married & almost killed her. Born to a dirt poor family in Nutbush, Tennessee, all Anna Mae Bullock ever wanted to do was sing & dance. At the age of 16 she met rock'n'roll musician, Ike Turner & within a year she was singing in his band. By 22 she was his wife. By the end of the next decade Ike & Tina had become stars with hits such as River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary & Nutbush City Limits. On the stage in her wigs, her shorts skirts with her lithe dancers body & the same rock 'n' roll moves she would later teach Mick Jagger. Tina was a star.
But off stage, she was a victim of Ike's brutal behaviour. Eventually she left him. It took eight years for Tina to claw her way back. Without a record deal, Tina hooked up with a young Australian rock manager, Roger Davies, who persuaded her to do a European tour but insisted she make an album first. That album was PRIVATE DANCER. It was 1984 & it was the album that changed her life. It turned her into the biggest selling female artist of the decade. The five times platinum album spawned seven top ten hits, four Grammies & sold 20 million copies worldwide. Incredibly, it took Tina just one week to record & a second week for producers to mix the finished version.
"It was done & dusted within two weeks & out within four," laughs Tina. "The fastest album ever. It was an incredible time for me because I was racing from studio to studio, having meetings with record labels & both Roger and myself hustling to get a deal. In between meetings I'd see songwriters and record. It was all new for me. I had my ideas what I wanted to sing & Roger wanted me to explore other ideas. When I heard What's Love Got To Do With It for the first time I thought that was just some funny little song. I kept saying: 'But this isn't rock'n'roll. I just don’t get it. It was only after it became this hit - This young girl was sitting in a car opposite me, she rolled the window down & yelled: 'Hey Tina. What’s love gotta do with it? Right on!' And it just clicked. That was the message." In fact it was David Bowie who helped clinch Tina's comeback. "We had the album & the tour but we still didn't have a deal. It probably wouldn't have happened without him. The record company wanted to take him out for a celebratory dinner. He took them to see me perform at the Ritz instead. That night there were musicians just dripping from the ceiling - Keith Richards, Rod Stewart etc. David brought the guys in - they just looked around & thought: 'This woman must be hot.' The next day I had a deal. I always thank David for that."
Now worth £50 million & an icon to female musicians including Beyonce who asked her to perform alongside her at the Grammies this year ("She’s a lovely girl. She watched me as a young girl & she’s taken on the mantle."), Tina refuses to look back at the bad times. When Ike Turner died, she didn't comment. "I became a symbol for a lot of women who have been badly treated by men. I didn't ask to be this symbol but I'm proud to help other women in their lives. I never wanted sympathy. I didn't ever think, 'poor me, I've had such a bad time'. I always wanted to move on & make the most of the time I have left." It's an attitude that has stood her in good stead. Right now Tina is making the most of her tour. "I'm in the groove," she says. "I took a few months of intensive rehearsals to get into shape, but after the aches & pains it was just like getting back into the saddle. It felt good. I can still wear the skirts & do the kicks because I've spent a lifetime doing this. I've never had plastic surgery because I don't believe in it. Women are beautiful when they have their own life force. I never thought at any point: 'I'm too old to be doing this.' When you get on stage you're ageless. Mick Jagger & Madonna are out there & still amazing. If you've got it & you want it, well you've just got to go for it. I'm so proud of my music & thankful to all the people who've supported me over the years. I have my home, my partner & life is wonderful. But right now I'm loving my tour. I don't feel older. I'm more experienced & have more to give. Once this is through, I'll go back home, but for now I'm loving being Tina Turner again."]