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10 Insanely Great TINA Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

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Crazy In The Night

In 1982, Tina Turner contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie Summer Lovers. A cover of the Robert Palmer song Johnny and Mary and the song Crazy In The Night. The first song was also later released on the 1994 The Collected Recordings 60’s to 90’s compilation box set, while the song Crazy In The Night was never released on CD. Crazy In The Night is actually a song written by George Porter, member of Australian rock band Sherbet.

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Everything under the sun

Tina Turner - Australia Live .jpgIf you mention River Deep Mountain High to any music connaisseur, they’ll mention Tina Turner & Phil Spector. The masterpiece created by the two is the most famous songs of their collaboration but of course more B-sides and rare tracks have emerged over the years. And you can always count on a friend to get you back to those gems! Earlier today, TINA fan & friend Enrico send me remastered version of ‘A man is a man is man’, ‘Two to Tango’, ‘Down Down’ & ‘Watcha Gonna Do’ and offered to share them on the blog! So here their along with a very interesting story by David Young about Turner & Spector work.

‘The Story of Tina Turner ‘Every Under The Sun”
By David Young for the Spectropop Group

Since the late 1970s, tapes have circulated among collectors of Tina Turner singing a Spectoresque version of the song “Everything Under the Sun,” written by Bob Crewe and Gary Knight. After remaining in the vaults for ten years, the song had seen official release in 1976 in a Spector-produced version by The Ronettes on the Phil Spector International compilation Rare Masters Vol. 2, and had previously been issued in radically differing versions by The Walker Brothers and Jackie DeShannon.

Tina Turner – Everything Under the Sun

Tina Turner – A Man is a man is a man

Tina Turner – Two To Tango

The Ikettes – Down Down

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Too Many Tears in My Eyes

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I bet you looked handsome on your wedding day
So strong, so fine, so tall
Though i was standing in the church that day
And i couldn’t see a thing at all”

By Ben – Being a legendary duo, Ike and Tina Turner are part of American popular culture and it is not rare to hear or see references of the notorious duo in movies, series, cartoons… A great opportunity to give a glimpse of the couple’s work to new audience and sometimes the chance to see a not-so-famous Ike & Tina Turner song getting a second life.

Last year, US tv show “True Detective” in an episode entitled “Haunted House” (S1 E06) paid tribute to Ike and Tina using in its soundtrack a rare gem from the couple! In the episode credits and on IMDB the song is listed as “uncredited”. No lyrics nor informations on Google as well…

Until, i found a trace on the internet of a 1963 song written by Johnny Cole and performed by Miles Stones being the original recording of the song. The “Tina version” is just a womanized version of the song. But not just that actually! Out of the massive work produced by Ike Turner and the countless covers, some of them are really superior to the majority.

“Too Many Tears” could remind us of wedding songs such as “All I Could Do Was Cry” or “Please, Please, Please” but it has something more to it. The way Tina delivers the first line hooks you up immediately. The song is very graphic so to speak and would perfectly fit a Tarantino movie or, as it happened, a tv series.

Anyway, i hope you’ll enjoy the song as much as i do! Oh and by the way, in my research, i came across a remix version of the song from the Soul Masters CD that i’ve included in the post!

 Videoclip by Ben


Lyrics & remix inside the post!

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The boy from New York City

Ike & Tina Turner Live at Olympia Paris 1971

In the early nineties, one of the first cd I got after discovering Tina was ‘Ike & Tina Turner Live at the Olympia 71′. And I felt really lucky to have it while my collection was only flourishing… Most fans will tell you that they remember the exact time they heard certain songs, certain albums, the feeling of the moment and all the emotions that it gives…

By the time I purchased this cd I already had a few Ike & Tina Turner LPs but the quality of those wasn’t as good as the digital CD recording. Growing up in a small village in the east part of France, secluded in my sanctuary bedroom, I would religiously listen to this recording, so far removed from what I ever been used to. Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Aznavour, Barbara, Renaud … were my parent’s repertoire. But my father did like a bit of Jazz & Louis Armstrong from time to time and my sister brought home MJ, that I only learned to appreciate music wise only later in life. So “Ike & Tina Turner at the Olympia 71” was incendiary. Even the name of it sounds great! Featuring “The Family Vibes”, “The Ikettes”, Ike “the Man in the back with the stone face” and of course Teeenah. The hardest working woman in show business shouts a musician, and that deep voice comes out delivering a fantastic performance song after song. A French reviewer wrote that “Tina’s voice was so incendiary on that record that the diamond of the lp player could melt any moments”. And it sure felt like it. You just had to close to eyes to be there. It is an absolute gem and it is still regarded today among music connoisseur as a significant and paramount record.

Now, in 2015, I have reached the same age as Tina was when she was putting that Paris stage on fire and I relate and realize even more how crazy her life was, struggling with Ike, raising kids, giving that same show 2 or 3 times a day in the same place, billions of shows! Come to the first or the last one and Tina would still simply be stunning and explosive. Nowadays, Anna Mae Bach says she will never go back on stage because people still expect her to be the iconic wild-dancing high-heeled persona. I tend to disagree and I think everybody knows that Tina could totally re-invent herself “stagewise” once again but that’s only up to her.

Tina Turner - Swisscom IO - Zurich, Switzerland - 2014

Back to the record. It did not only participate in shaping my Tina knowledge but it built a bridge to a whole “new” kind of artists: As usual, the Turner covers the great Rock’N’Roll band like The Stones, The Beatles and iconic singer like Otis Redding. Getting older with Tina as the central point of my musical education, I grew up listening to the great black singers, Nina, Ella, James, Ray… the deep depressive old gallant south traditional songs etc… But there’s also Shirley, Grace, Aretha, Whitney, and there’s David, Mick, Bryan, Bruce, Joe, Paul… Rock Royalty so to speak…

Chronologically and, to quote Buddhist believers, if everything in this world is linked and has a meaning then I have to mention the Beyond “experience” and the message brought by Tina, Dechen, Sawani & Regula. You would now find new releases of  Tina Turner in the “New World” section of a shop than in the Rock/Blues section. I know a lot of Tina fans who turned to Buddhism because of Tina. And I think they are genuine and sincere in their search for personal elevation and enlightenment. And maybe that was the message behind being a Tina fan before we knew it. Through centuries strong & powerful women were worshiped and considered bigger than life by people around the world. Entities… coming back again on this earth in any type of form possible to spread their message in any sort of way… Concerts being big communion… The metaphor is known but what if we dare look Beyond?

Ike & Tina Turner Live at Olympia Paris 1971

Back to the collection. “Ike and Tina Turner” recording history is sometimes a bit obscure and messy (to say the least) but a new unedited version of the Olympia concert came into my hand ( I remember I was in the South of France but I can’t name the city) including songs omitted in the LP, Audio Tapes & Cd original releases. The original recording didn’t include “River Deep Mountain High”, “With a Little Help From My Friend” & “The Boy From New York City”:

“River Deep Mountain High” (turning 50 years old next year!) was already a classic of mine but Ike always failed to make this song his own. His studio reworked and live versions could never match the masterpiece that Phil Spector produced with the only help of Tina.

“With A Little Help From My Friends”. Of course, I knew the amazing version of the late Joe Cocker, written by Lennon & Mc Cartney and it is totally “Turnerized” during this show in Paris. A very funky, light version of the song!

“The Boy From New York City”. The credit for this song on the album goes to Davies – Taylor. And there’s indeed a song called “The Boy from New York City” wrote by them and recorded in 1965 by the “Ad Libs” band. But after a quick Google & Youtube search, you find out that the lyrics and songs are totally different. This live version by Ike & Tina is a real duet between the couple à la “It’s Gonna Work out Fine”. Looks like it is the only live or even studio recording (to my knowledge) of this song.

Ike Turner passed away in December 2007 at the age of 76.  Tina Turner, now 75, regarded by many as a Music and Life Sphinx, Queen of Soul, again, in the literal meaning of the word “Soul”, living the life of a “modern-occidental” Buddhist “monk” in a long retreat on the golden banks of Lake Zurich appearing sporadically since 2009 and mostly via video doesn’t seem to miss the spotlight any minute and her entourage won’t let anyone disturb this well deserved quiet. Beyond being Tina’s current “musical era”, I encourage all of you who are not familiar with these albums to listen to these transcendental recordings.

And in the end, we still have “Ike & Turner at the Olympia 71”, and we still have all those records and the DVDs (we seriously need more)… and, from time to time, and i know hundreds feels the same,  certain albums of her discography, some of her old records that still makes me feel eleven, twelve years old again, alone in my bedroom and imagining being the boy from New York City, dreaming that, maybe in another lifetime, I could hear Tina’s voice resonating again inside the Olympia…

 

She Rattled Me Down To My Shoes

Tina Turner - Undercover Agent For The Blues

“If I was this guy, you could all kiss my ass!”
That’s how David Letterman introduced Tony Joe White when he performed on his show in duet with the Foo Fighters. Indeed, White might be one of the coolest rockers out there, sunglasses, hat and snake-skin boots, he took the blues from the swamps of Louisiana and combined it with modern rock. The king of swamp-rock also contributed some of the coolest songs in Tina’s song catalogue, including… Undercover Agent For The Blues.

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Why Tina Turner’s ‘Love Thing’ Is Pretty Much Everything

Tina Turner - Love Thing Videoclip

Love Thing was the third single of Tina Turner’s 1991 compilation album Simply The Best. A hugely overlooked gem, here at The Tina Turner Blog we think that this song is among the best Tina did in the 1990’s (or in any decade for that matter). Inside this post, why we think Love Thing is… pretty much everything.

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The Stadium Anthem

Tina Turner in Rio de Janeiro

World Cup fever is here. Today, all eyes are on the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the finale of the football (that’s soccer for the Americans) World Championship between Germany and Argentina. The location might ring a bell for Tina fans. It was at this very venue that Tina Turner performed a sold-out concert 26 years ago as part of her Break Every Rule tour. She performed in front of an audience over 180,000+ fans, at that time making it the largest crowd ever gathered for a rock concert by a single performer. It was also during her Break Every Rule tour that Tina made the transition from sports arenas and auditoriums to the world biggest stadiums and outdoor locations. And it was in 1989 that Tina recorded her own stadium anthem: ‘The Best’.

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Tina Rolling with the Stones

Tina & Keith Richards at The Ritz in 1983

The Rolling Stones are currently on fire, touring Asia and Australia with their ’14 On Fire’ tour, which will be continued in Europe in the Spring. Appearing on Europe’s biggest festivals, the rockers indeed prove that age is just a number (are you taking notes, Roger Davies?). Tina is no stranger to the Stones; they are in a love relationship that started in 1966, when Ike and Tina opened on the Stones’ UK tour, and continued all through Tina’s comeback. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll – but we like it: here are 7 times that Tina covered the Stones.

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7 TINA songs that’ll make you remember your broken heart

Tina Turner 2009

Times are good or bad, happy or sad. As Tina Turner would say, the aim of her music is ‘to uplift, to get people going’. However, her songs will always remain rooted in the tear-drenched soil of blues music. Tina as no other knows how to express a broken heart, how to fall to your knees and beg and plead. So, open a ‘bottle of red’, have tissues within arm’s reach, because these seven Tina performances will for sure make you remember your broken heart, your failed relationship or that unanswered love. Happy crying!

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30th Anniversary: Let’s Stay Together enters UK charts

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Norman Seeff

“In late 1983, Tina Turner and Roger Davies went back to Marty Ware and Greg Walsh from Heaven 17 who produced earlier that year Tina’s cover of “Ball of Confusion”. They were looking for some material for an upcoming European tour and maybe even a tune for a single. Time was tight and they were going to have to go with a cover tune. Ware kept bringing R&B tunes, Tina kept pushing for Rock. Finally the artist and her producers settled on a reworking of the Al Green’s masterpiece “Let’s Stay Together”…”

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of  “Let’s Stay Together”, which marks Tina Turner returns in the music business and the first impulse to the (then) upcoming Private Dancer album. Including rare audios and video.

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