Monday 9/14/2020 2pm ET: Tina Turner Collection (Private Dancer)

Private Dancer is the fifth solo studio album by Tina Turner. It was released by Capitol Records in May 1984, and was her first album released through the label. Recording sessions for the album took place at several studios in England and was overseen by four different production teams, including Rupert Hine, and Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of Heaven 17. A radical departure from the rhythm and blues sound Turner had performed with her former husband and performing partner Ike Turner, the tracks in the album are a mixture of uptempos and ballads, inspired by pop and rock genres; it also features elements of smooth jazz and R&B.

After several challenging years of going solo after divorcing Ike, Private Dancer propelled Turner into becoming a viable solo star, as well as one of the most marketable crossover singers in the recording industry. It became a worldwide commercial success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. To date, it remains her best-selling album in North America. Private Dancer produced seven singles, including “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good to Me”, “Private Dancer”, and “Let’s Stay Together”. Positively received by critics on release for Turner’s ability to give energy and raw emotion to slickly-produced professional pop/rock songs; its long term legacy is that the softening of her raw Southern soul style produced a “landmark” in the “evolution of pop-soul music”. The album was promoted throughout 1985 in a 177-date worldwide tour entitled the Private Dancer Tour.

In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

1. “I Might Have Been Queen” 4:10
2. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” 3:48
3. “Show Some Respect” 3:18
4. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” 3:41
5. “Private Dancer” 7:11
6. “Let’s Stay Together” 5:16
7. “Better Be Good to Me” 5:11
8. “Steel Claw” 3:48
9. “Help!” 4:30
10. “1984” 3:09

2015 30th Anniversary Edition bonus disc
1. “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)” (with B.E.F.)
2. “I Wrote a Letter” (“Let’s Stay Together” B-side)
3. “Rock ‘n Roll Widow” (“Help” B-side)
4. “Don’t Rush the Good Things” (“What’s Love Got to Do with It” B-side)
5. “When I Was Young” (“Better Be Good to Me” B-side)
6. “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” (“Private Dancer” B-side)
7. “Tonight” (Live with David Bowie) (Live at The NEC, Birmingham)
8. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (Live)
9. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (Extended 12″ Remix)
10. “Better Be Good to Me” (Extended 12″ Remix) (edit)
11. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Extended 12″ Remix)
12. “Show Some Respect” (Extended Mix)
13. “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (Single Edit)
14. “One of the Living” (Single Remix)
15. “It’s Only Love” (with Bryan Adams)

Tina Turner – lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (1, 7, 8)
Gary Barnacle – saxophone (6)
Jeff Beck – guitar (5, 8)
Terry Britten – guitar (2, 3, 4), background vocals (2, 3)
Graham Broad – drums (4)
Alex Brown – background vocals (9)
John Carter – percussion (5)
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – drums (9)
Alan Clark – keyboards (5, 8), percussion (5)
Mel Collins – saxophone (5)
David Cullen – string arrangements (10)
Cy Curnin – background vocals (1, 7)
Jullian Diggle – percussion (5)
David Ervin – synthesizer, programming (9)
Gwen Evans – background vocals (9)
Charles Fearing – guitar (9)
Wilton Felder – bass guitar (9), saxophone (9)
Nick Glennie-Smith – keyboards (2, 3, 4)
Glenn Gregory – background vocals (6, 10)
Rupert Hine – bass guitar (1, 7), keyboards (1, 7), percussion, programming (1, 7), background vocals (1, 7)
Graham Jarvis – Oberheim DX (2, 3)
John Illsley – bass guitar (5, 8)
Hal Lindes – guitar (5, 8)
Billy Livsey – keyboards (2, 3)
Trevor Morais – drums (1, 7)
Simon Morton – percussion (2)
Tessa Niles – background vocals (2, 3)
Frank Ricotti – percussion (6)
Ray Russell – guitar (6)
Joe Sample – synthesizer (9), piano (9)
David T. Walker – guitar (9)
Martyn Ware – programming, electronic drums (6, 10), arrangements (6, 10), background vocals (6, 10)
Greg Walsh – programming (6, 10), arrangements (6, 10)
Jamie West-Oram – guitar (1, 7)
Jessica Williams – background vocals (9)
Terry Williams – drums (5, 8)
Nick Plytas – piano, synthesizer (6, 10)
Richie Zito – guitar (8)

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