Album Review: Tina Turner, ‘Private Dancer’ reissue

tina-turner-private-dancer-30th-anniversary-2-cdTINA TURNER
“PRIVATE DANCER”
(30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Warner Music (2-CD)

4 stars

By Gillian G. Gaar

“Private Dancer” was the album that firmly established Tina Turner as a solo star, spinning off five Top 40 hits, including one of her best-known numbers, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” It was the album that added some modern pop touches to Turner’s fiery brand of soul — and resulted in a classic record.

The original U.S. version had nine tracks, while the original international version had 10 — a soulful cover of the Beatles’ “Help,” which was later added to the first U.S. CD — and this reissue uses the international version for disc one (the tracks have all been remastered as well). Though there’s certainly room on disc one, all the bonus tracks are relegated to disc two. Seven of the bonus tracks are from the 1997 reissue of the album, and eight new ones have been added, though there’s no previously unreleased material.

The bonus songs are drawn from B-sides, extended remixes and tracks recorded around the same time period as “Private Dancer” (e.g., “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living,” recorded for the film “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”). Are there more tracks that could’ve been included? Yes; there are numerous single edits, instrumentals and other extended versions and live tracks, not to mention a DVD that could’ve featured the single’s videos and other promotional appearances. But this set is still a good way to fill in holes in your collection. And if by some chance you’re a Tina fan who doesn’t already have this album, this is the edition to get.

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