Tina Turner knows plenty about love and loss, both on and offstage. The legendary performer shook up the ’60s with her husband Ike and their relentlessly soulful revue, culminating with the Phil Spector-produced “River Deep – Mountain High” and an opening slot for The Rolling Stones on tour. But Ike’s substance (and marital) abuse led Tina to divorce him in 1976 and struggled to make a name for herself as a solo artist. Of course, less than a decade later, 1984’s iconic Private Dancer put her firmly at the top of the heap, selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and winning four Grammy Awards.
Turner’s last studio album was released in 1999, but she’s still going strong, as a 50th anniversary tour in 2008-2009 attested to. And now, the newly-rejuvenated Parlophone will release a new compilation highlighting Turner’s romantic side in time for Valentine’s Day.
Love Songs features 18 classics from Turner’s Capitol/Parlophone discography, hitting all of her major studio albums (Private Dancer, Break Every Rule (1986), Foreign Affair (1989), Wildest Dreams (1995) and Twenty Four Seven (1999)), plus the 1991 compilation Simply The Best and the soundtrack to 1993’s acclaimed biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It, which featured re-recordings of Tina’s early classics and new hits including the pop smash “I Don’t Wanna Fight.” A few lesser known singles, including covers of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and John Waite’s “Missing You,” feature on the 18-track disc, which closes full-circle with Ike & Tina’s original transmission from the Wall of Sound, “River Deep – Mountain High.”
The new Love Songs compilation hits stores February 4. Amazon links and full track listings are below!
UPDATE 1/9: Rhino Records has informed us that the Amazon U.S. listing below is showing the import version only – that explains the higher price. The Rhino team is working to get the U.S. Version live on Amazon, which will feature a much lower price. We will update the link accordingly as soon as the correct U.S. version is listed by Amazon!
Love Songs (Parlophone, 2014)
- The Best
- I Don’t Wanna Lose You
- Let’s Stay Together
- What’s Love Got to Do with It
- Missing You
- Private Dancer
- Two People
- Look Me in the Heart
- Way of the World
- Why Must We Wait Until Tonight
- I Want You Near Me
- Be Tender with Me Baby
- Don’t Leave Me This Way
- I Don’t Wanna Fight
- Whatever You Need
- When the Heartache is Over
- River Deep Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
Tracks 1-2, 8 and 13 from Foreign Affair (Capitol, 1989)
Tracks 3-4 and 6 from Private Dancer (Capitol, 1984)
Track 5 from Wildest Dreams (Parlophone, 1995)
Track 7 from Break Every Rule (Capitol, 1986)
Tracks 9 and 12 from Simply The Best (Capitol, 1991)
Tracks 10 and 15 from What’s Love Got to Do with It (Parlophone, 1993)
Tracks 11, 14 and 16-17 from Twenty Four Seven (Parlophone, 1999)
Track 18 from Philles single 131, 1966/River Deep Mountain High (A&M, 1967)