Simply the Best

Simply the Best

by Tina TurnerTina Turner


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Simply the Best is surrounded by some of the best situations a compilation can hope for. Tina Turner's work for Capitol past Private Dancer was spotty, she made a bunch of appearances on soundtracks and other artists' albums, and most of the tracks on Private Dancer are good enough to own twice. Almost half of Private Dancer shows up on Simply the Best, but you don't have to endure the way the original album spiraled down into slick fizzle. Instead you have to endure a misguided, pumped-up house remix of "Nutbush City Limits," but that's it. Everything else here is either top-notch or campy, certifiable fun. A duet with Rod Stewart on "It Takes Two" supplies the fun along with the new track, "I Want You Near Me" (Turner to lover: "You're so good with your hands/To help me with a hook or zip"). The two other new tracks tacked to the end beat out most of the album cuts the collection passes on, plus you get the bombastic "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" without having to buy a dull soundtrack. The oldest cut by years is the monolithic "River Deep-Mountain High," which is a bona fide classic but sonically out of place here. Reprogram the disc to play it at the beginning or end, skip the new "Nutbush" completely, and you've got sparkling, nearly perfect overview of Turner's postcomeback career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/1991
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0077779715220
catalogNumber: 971529
Rank: 4678

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tina Turner   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Phil Collins   Drums
Dan Hartman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rod Stewart   Track Performer
Frank Capp   Percussion
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Greg Mathieson   Synthesizer Bass
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Ray Russell   Guitar
Lance Ellington   Background Vocals
Bernard Edwards   Bass Guitar
Albert Hammond   Background Vocals,Shaker
Rupert Hine   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Illsley   Bass
Holly Knight   Background Vocals
Tony Joe White   Guitar,Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Phillip Ashley   Bass,Keyboards
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Harold Battiste   Piano
Gene Black   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James E. Bond   Upright Bass
Jeff Bova   Strings,Horn
Terry Britten   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Graham Broad   Percussion,Drums
Jack Bruno   Drums
Tim Cappello   Organ,Saxophone,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Carter   Percussion
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Alan Clark   Keyboards
Mel Collins   Saxophone
Richard Cottle   Keyboards
Danny Cummings   Shaker
Julian Diggle   Percussion
Geoff Dugmore   Drums
Edgar Winter   Saxophone
Gene Estes   Percussion
Nick Glennie-Smith   Strings,Keyboards
Glenn Gregory   Background Vocals
Graham Jarvis   Drums
Carol Kaye   Bass
Chuck Kentis   Keyboards
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Elliot Lewis   Strings,Keyboards
J.T. Lewis   Drums
Hal Lindes   Guitar
Billy Livsey   Keyboards
Graham Lyle   Mandolin,Background Vocals
C.J. Mackintosh   Multi Instruments
Eddie Martinez   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Trevor Morais   Drums,Background Vocals
Charlie Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Simon Morton   Percussion
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Earl Palmer   Drums,Leader
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Donald Peake   Guitar
Nick Plytas   Synthesizer,Piano
James Ralston   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Carmine Rojas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Philippe Saisse   Flute,Keyboards
T.M. Stevens   Bass
John Thirkell   Trumpet
Pat Thrall   Electric Guitar
Martyn Ware   Background Vocals
Jamie West-Oram   Guitar
Terry Williams   Drums
Art Wood   Drums
Casey Young   Keyboards
Frank Riccotti   Percussion
Jimmy Roberts   Saxophone
Ollie Marland   Keyboards
Bob Feit   Bass
Kenny Moore   Piano
Robert Gerstlauer   Multi Instruments
Andy Hamilton   Saxophone
Steve Hamilton   Horn
John Ewing   Multi Instruments
Rave Calmer   Drums
Steve Sedelnick   Percussion
Neil Taylor   Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Green   Composer
Dan Hartman   Producer,Percussion Programming
Rod Stewart   Producer
Tina Turner   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
Albert Hammond   Producer
Rupert Hine   Programming,Producer
Holly Knight   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer,Equalizing
Chris Lord-Alge   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Terry Britten   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Donald Bryant   Composer
Carter   Producer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Roger Davies   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Melvin Davis   Composer
Richard Elen   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Remixing
Robin Hancock   Engineer
John Hudson   Engineer
Mark Knopfler   Composer
Larry Levine   Engineer
Graham Lyle   Composer,Producer
C.J. Mackintosh   Programming,Producer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Greg Walsh   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Martyn Ware   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Al Jackson   Composer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Mike Chapman   Composer
Dave Dorrell   Producer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Davide Riva   Composer
A. Gordon   Composer
Alfredo Larry Pignagnoli   Composer

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