Coming on June 30th with be the deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Tina Turner’s legendary comeback album, Private Dancer. The Grammy Award-winning album, which was released on May 29th, 1984, reignited Turner’s career with five Top 40 singles — a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the three-week chart-topper “What’s Love Got To Do With It?,” “Better Be Good To Me,” which hit Number Five, the Mark Knopfler-written title track “Private Dancer,” which peaked at Number Seven, and her live concert standout “Show Some Respect,” which just creeped into the Top 40 at Number 37 — a full 13 months after the album’s release.
The new edition of Private Dancer also features a bonus disc of live tracks, remixes, B-sides, and singles — including Turner’s 1985 Top 15 duet with Bryan Adams, “It’s Only Love,” and her Top Two Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome theme, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Beyond Thunderdome).” Also featured is Turner’s cover of the Temptations’ “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” recorded with Martin Ware from Heaven 17, and a live rendition of “Tonight” with David Bowie.
Tina Turner explained that it was really her audience overseas — and one very specific high-profile British fan — that helped her ‘80s comeback happen: “It was all English people and foreigners that was responsible for Private Dancer. I was about to sign a record deal; Rupert Perry was president at Capitol at the time — he was shipped out to England, and Mr. Don Zimmerman was in control and canceled (the deal). David Bowie was then signing with them and they wanted to take him out to dinner and he said, ‘No, I’m going to see my favorite singer: Tina Turner.’ They came and went ‘Oh! get the papers Roger (Davies), we’ll sign her!”
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