Review: Tina Turner – Private Dancer (30th Anniversary Edition) (Parlophone / Warner Music Canada)

Tina TurnerIn the time following her courageous decision to leave abusive husband Ike in the mid-70’s through 1984, Tina Turner failed to garner any kind of career momentum, meaning industry and fan expectations going into the release of Private Dancer were understandably low. The album proved the naysayers wrong as Turner staged one of the most remarkable comebacks ever, kicked off by her powerful cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Buoyed by the success of the album’s title track, “Better Be Good To Me,” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” Turner found her audience in the MTV generation. The album would go on to sell more than five million in the U.S. alone. In addition to including the original album, this 30th Anniversary reissue is packed with remixes, her 1985 hit “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” along with a stunning cover of The Temptations “Ball Of Confusion,” along with b-sides and a live duet with David Bowie on his 1984 track “Tonight.”