Classics: Tina Turner – Private Dancer (Capitol)
A quick look at Tina Turner‘s history tells us as to how hard times she’s been goin’ thru. With this extraordinary ‘Private Dancer’ almost appearing like an extra release in itself.
Tina Turner first came to fame in the 60’s with her former husband, Ike Turner, whom she ended up leaving afer years of abuse. Meanwhile their artistical union would give birth to a bunch of classics. From ‘River Deep, Mountain I’ to the explosive ‘Nutbush City Limits’. This in addition to their memorable cover version of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s seminal ‘Proud Mary’.
The lady would relaunch her career in the 80’s. And most likely with her 1984 ‘Private Dancer’ album. An effort spawning gems such as ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. But also a cover version of ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’. Not to mention to its title track, written by Mark Knopfler of the Dire Straits fame. Itself featuring Jeff Beck on guitar and Mel Collins on sax.
‘Private Dancer’ was originally intended for the Dire Straits‘ album ‘Love Over Gold’. The band had already recorded the instrumental track, but Mark Knopfler considered the lyrics unsuitable for a male singer at the end. So the track remained sitting on the shelf. Besides, Tina Turner couldn’t use the original recording for legal reasons. So the members of the band came to redo it. Although Pick Withers replaced the original drummer. And Jeff Beck did the same in regards to Mark Knopfler.
Speaking of ‘Private Dancer’, Mark Knopfler eventually said the song had been ruined due to “them drafting in Jeff Beck to play the world’s second ugliest guitar solo…”
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