Tuesday, June 30, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: TINA TURNER - PRIVATE DANCER 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The comeback album featured the huge, #1 hit What's Love Got To Do With It, the decent follow-up Better Be Good To Me, and the kinda okay title cut, written by Mark Knopfler. Turner could make anything sound good, but thirty years later, it's surprising how, umm, '80's this sounds, with overwrought synths, shrill production and odd song choices. A slowed-down version of Help? Bowie's 1984 at least had the right year for the project, but it's one of his worst clunkers. The album proper is saved by the hits, but the other tracks drag it down.
Thankfully, it's made much better in this 30th anniversary edition. When you put all the b-sides, remixes and live tracks back-to-back on Disc Two, it's far better than the original Private Dancer album. Cuts such as I Wrote A Letter, Rock 'n' Roll Widow and Keep Your Hands Off My Baby should have been on the proper album. Then you get her concert duets with Bowie (Tonight) and Bryan Adams (It's Only Love), highlighting her tremendous stage presence. I'm not a huge fan of the Mad Max theme We Don't Need Another Hero, but it's here too. Good job, deluxe set-makers.