Tina Turner, What’s Love Got To Do With It

Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

on 05.18.11 in Reviews

What's Love Got To Do With It

Tina Turner

The history behind the turbulent professional relationship and troubled marriage between Ike and Tina Turner became big screen fodder in 1993 with the release of the Touchstone Pictures film What's Love Got To Do With It. Besides forever ruining Ike's reputation, it depicted Tina as both a survivor of horrific abuse and, ultimately, a reborn survivor. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne were magical on screen, and Turner revisited her past musically, cutting several new versions of prior hits, as well as a handful of good-to-excellent new pieces for the soundtrack.

Depicting Tina as a reborn survivor

The remakes were mostly outstanding, especially "Proud Mary," "A Fool In Love" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine." She sounds particularly expressive on "A Fool In Love," and equally intense on "Proud Mary." She shines on the blues tunes "(Darlin') You Know I Love You" and "Rock Me Baby." Her cover of the Trammps' "Disco Inferno" and remake of "Nutbush City Limits" are also prime numbers. The set is rounded out by two selections from Private Dancer: The stellar title track and decent "I Might Have Been Queen." "I Don't Wanna Fight" and "Why Must We Wait Tonight" are adequate filler tunes, but the other material here far surpasses them.