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Simply The Best [CD]

Tina Turner Audio CD
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Anna Mae Bullock was born in Tennessee, but moved to St. Louis as a teenager. There she met rock and roll performer Ike Turner and persuaded him to let her join his backing vocalists. Eventually Anna impressed Ike so much that he gave her equal-billing, and the new name "Tina". They became the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, and married in 1962. Through the 60s they forged a reputation as ... Read more in Amazon's Tina Turner Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B000025XDP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Best (Edit)
2. What's Love Got To Do With It
3. I Can't Stand The Rain
4. I Don't Wanna Lose You
5. Nutbush City Limits (The 90's Version)
6. Let's Stay Together (Single Version)
7. Private Dancer (Single Edit)
8. We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
9. Better Be Good To Me
10. River Deep - Mountain High (Digital Remaster 1991)
11. Steamy Windows
12. Typical Male
13. It Takes Two
14. Addicted To Love (Live at Camden Palace, London)
15. Be Tender With Me Baby
16. I Want You Near Me
17. Way Of The World
18. Love Thing

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Tina Turner's phenomenal reclamation of her stardom is perfectly chronicled on Simply the Best. With the exception of the Phil Spector epic "River Deep, Mountain High", everything included here comes from 1983 on. Turner's iconic voice and bluesy earnestness surface on a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"; she brings a moody sensuality to "I Can't Stand the Rain". Equally adept at rock, soul, gospel and R&B, Turner makes ordinary songs such as "Typical Male" and "Private Dancer" into extraordinary recordings. There are actually better Tina albums than Simply the Best but it stands as a useful compilation of her comeback hits. --Steve Gdula

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TINA TURNER Simply The Best (1991 UK issue 18-track CD album featuring a collection of her classic hits such as The Best Whats Love Got To Do With It Nutbush City Limits [The 90s Version] Private Dancer We Dont Need Another Hero River Deep - Mountain High It Takes Two [Duet with Rod Stewart] and a live version of Addicted To Love recorded at Londons Camden Palace [now known as KoKo])

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina Turner - Simply The Best 29 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Simply The Best Of Tina Turner... and it is just that. Because although it contains many of the best hits, it omits many loved and essential songs, but it picks the best, intertwines it with the new and is almost full as it contain 18 tracks. So we get some of the very early, to the very latest new songs for the compilation.
The cover has an iconic image of Tina, the booklet has a few nice photos and the back page features a four album Discography. The songs themselves are great, although the 90's Version of `Nutbush City Limits' is questionable, definitely not a patch on the original or the 1993 Soundtrack Version which is on a par with the original. It brings together a few songs previously not available on any Tina albums such as `It Takes Two' A Duet With Rod Stewart, We Don't Need Another Hero' from the Mad Max Soundtrack and the Classic `River Deep, Mountain High' which has never appeared on any Tina Solo record. In addition as I previously mentioned we get three new tracks for the album, which are really great songs, that compliment the older material. However some people feel disappointed that 'One Of The Living' from the Mad Max Soundtrack does not appear here. A Nice Package, good for casual listeners and a must for fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Queen Tina's Second Reign 7 Aug 2012
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This seventy-five minute collection includes many of her best songs from the 1980s. Using different producers - Dan Hartman, Terry Britten, Heaven 17, & Rupert Hine among them - produced refreshingly different styles.

But the CD almost completely ignores her first golden period. Admittedly there is the Phil Spector-produced `River Deep-Mountain High', but the sound quality is not brilliant, despite it supposedly being remastered. (The sound quality of the rest of the CD is excellent.) But there are none of the Ike & Tina Turner songs from the 1960s nor any of her covers of songs written by members of the Rolling Stones, the Who, or Led Zeppelin. And, alas, we only get the 1990s dull version of `Nutbush City Limits'.

The final tracks on this set are - or, rather, were - new on its release. Unfortunately, they are disappointing compared to the big hits that went before, and so the album ends making a mockery of the CD's title.

The live version of `Addicted to Love' is excellent, but the duet `It Takes Two' with Rod Stewart is bland and overproduced.

Overall, then, a decent set highlighting Turner's dramatic and singing abilities; (in another age she would have made an excellent opera singer.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Born 'Anna Mae Bullock' back in 39' starting her music career in the mid-fifties as a singer
with the 'Ike Turners Kings of Rhythm' group, in 1960 introducing herself to the World as
'Tina Turner' singing in the 'Ike and Tina Turner Revue' during the sixties of course the
Hits started coming with songs such as - 'River Deep Mountain High' -'Proud Mary' and
'Nutbush City Limit's' ( The first and third of which are featured 'solo' on this album.
As we know after many troubled years she and 'Ike' divorced, 'Tina' then concentrating on
establishing a Solo career., her first Solo effort Charting at number '6' (U.K) late 83' she
was now on her way, though she never actually had a U.K number One she did achieve
a long list of Hits including around Ten Top-Ten successes including songs such as --
'What's Love Got To Do With It' (Chart '3' 1984) 'We Don't Need Another Hero' from the
film 'Thunderdome' (Chart '3' 1986) 'The Best' (Chart '5' 1989 and again '9' 2010)
'I Don't Wanna Lose You' (Chart '8' 1989) and 'It Takes Two' sung with 'Rod Stewart'
(Chart '5' 1990)
I have listed her Top Ten successes that appear on this album, she did have a couple more,
of course she had many other 'lower-order' Hits, surprisingly her number 'Private Dancer' also
on-board only Charted at number '26' back in '84'
There are several worthy cover versions of famous numbers included within the 18 - Track
album, of course among the numbers not included are well known Hits such as 'I Don't Wanna
Fight' and 'Goldeneye' both Top Ten entries for Tina.
This a great reflection of 'Tina's' Solo career......of course many will remember her scantily dressed
stage performances during the 80's and 90's.
All in All certainly one of the Great Entertainers of our time, her music, definitely 'Collectable'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tina at her Best 5 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply the Best solo Tina Turner collection ever.All of her hits from the 80's plus some.
If you're a fan of Tina during her period with Ike, though, you might want to look for another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All! 7 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have followed and admired the works of Tina Turner since I was a child, and her works NEVER get old. Here, the compilation is of some of her best work - some with Ike and the Ikettes - but more when she was an artist on her own. There are some songs not included that I wish were - Acid Queen from 'Tommy,' Under My Thumb and Let's Spend the Night Together (in her homage to the Rolling Stones). After hearing the album, you somehow wish she were still singing, but now - after 50 years on the stage - you can still enjoy Tina at her best...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage 7 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album - Tina at her best. Full of energy - a real memory tripper! Recommended to old and new fans alike.
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