Tina Turner, Simply The Best

Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

Simply The Best

Tina Turner

This is a more standard greatest-hits work, though the label gave fans a bonus with three new cuts and a re-recorded "club edition" of her theme song, "Nutbush City Limits." Among the trio of fresh tracks was "I Want You Near Me," a less-than-sterling effort by the duo of Britten and Lyle, a soulful (though lyrically routine) romance piece called "Love Thing," and "Way of the World," another bit of hard-edged realism. One thing that's a bit irritating about this disc was the decision to use the seven-inch single versions of her biggest hits. Some of the extra flourishes on "Let's Stay Together," "The Best," "Better Be Good To Me," "We Don't Need Another Hero" and even "Private Dancer" are sorely missed.

A more standard greatest-hits work

Besides the opportunity to once again hear "River Deep – Mountain High," "Typical Male" and "What You Get is What You See," there is a fine duet between Turner and Rod Stewart ("It Takes Two"). He's no Marvin Gaye, but Stewart's always excelled on soul and R&B covers. He compensates with verve for what he lacks in vocal agility. By contrast, Turner has even more power and fire in her vocal than Kim Weston (whose singing on the original was fabulous in its own right). Hearing them swoon through the tune's mid-section and exchange innuendo-laden leads is a treat. Also, re-hearing "I Can't Stand The Rain" makes you wonder how Turner would have approached other Stax tunes by singers like Carla Thomas.