Originally hired to just mix the film’s score for his regular clients Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans the two composers of the movie, he was asked by the producers during the process of mixing the score, if he wanted to also mix some live concert recordings of Tina Turner for the film and leapt at the opportunity to do so.
In this video, he walks us through his process for mixing “The Best”, which is played over the film’s end credits. The material was sourced from a 48 track digital Sony DASH recording from a concert performance in Barcelona back in 1990. The song has been mixed in 5.1 for use in the film.
In addition to the score, he also mixed “Ask Me How I Feel” and “I Can’t Stand The Rain” for the film.
The result is very impressive, I’ve watched the documentary several times with headphones and the brilliant score moves me more and more each time. It is so strong and emotional, a bit melancholic, I think it fits the narrative perfectly and adds a force as well as a dramatic tension to the whole film.
Moreover, the work done on Tina’s live tracks underlines the seriousness with which they approached her vocals. Listening back to the original audio from Barcelona, it now feels like the sound is very ‘constricted’, ‘compressed’ while in the new 5.1 mix, Tina’s voice feels liberated and open, emphasized by each instruments in the back, who found a new depth in their passionate style, supporting each notes Tina delivers.
The Queen of Rock’s band was one of the best out there, always in synch with the legend, their professionalism and love for Tina transpires in their artistry and their work can finally be appreciated in a new and bigger way.
So, that’s just another obvious reason that Tina’s work has to be preserved and updated with current technology. With the success of the new documentary, it’s almost certain that some gems from the past will finally get the treatment they deserve… Stay tuned…