Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album

Foreign Affair was released in 1989 and became a huge success in Europe with six hit singles, reaching multi-platinum status in 14 different countries. It was also Tina’s first #1 album in the UK where it topped the charts in it’s first week. The album is much more R&B influenced than it's predecessors, with four songs written by Tony Joe White. On some songs, Tina is credited as a co-producer for the first time since she went solo. At her Foreign Affair Tour in 1990, she performed most of the songs live. Initially intended only for promotion, an additional „Limited Edition Deluxe Collector’s Passport CD Package“ was released officially at the end of the year.

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
A1. STEAMY WINDOWS 4:05

Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / Tony Joe White: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Synth Bass and Harmonica / Dan Hartman: Electric Piano and Organ / Eddie Martinez: Rhythm Guitar / Neil Taylor: Crunch Note, Slide and Power Chord Guitar / Jeff Bova: Horn Section / Gary Barnacle: Sax Section / Carmine Rojas: Bass / J.T. Lewis: Drums
★ Single release in 1989

A2. THE BEST 5:30

Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Dan Hartman and Tina Turner / Arranged by Tina Turner / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / James Ralston: Rhythm Guitar / Gene Black: Rhythm Guitar / Dan Hartman: Acoustic Guitar and Keyboards / Pat Thrall: Power Theme Guitar / Phil Ashley: Keyboards and Bass Pulse / Elliot Lewis: Additional Theme Keyboards and Strings / Phillipe Saisse: Additional Bridge Keyboards / Edgar Winter: Sax Solo / T.M. Stevens: Bass / Art Wood: Drums / Lance Ellington, Tessa Niles and Dan Hartman: Backing Vocals
★ Single release in 1989

A3. YOU KNOW WHO (IS DOING YOU KNOW WHAT) 3:46

Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / Tony Joe White: Lead and Rhythm Guitar and Harmonica / Dan Hartman: Electric Piano and Synth Keyboards / Eddie Martinez: Rhythm Guitar / Phillipe Saisse: Bridge Keyboard and Slap / Jeff Bova: Synth Bass / T.M. Stevens: Bass / J.T. Lewis: Drums / Danny Cummings: Percussion / Lance Ellington, Tessa Niles and Tina Turner: Backing Vocals

A4. UNDERCOVER AGENT FOR THE BLUES 5:20

Written by Tony Joe White, L. White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / Tony Joe White: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Synth Bass / Eddie Martinez: Rhythm Guitar / Dan Hartman: Electric Piano and Organ / Jeff Bova: Mystery Organ and Horn Section / Carmine Rojas: Bass / J.T. Lewis: Drums / Danny Cummings: Rattlesnake
★ Promo release in 1989

A5. LOOK ME IN THE HEART 3:43

Written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg / Produced by Dan Hartman / Arranged by Roger Davies / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / Eddie Martinez: Guitar / Jeff Bova: Strings and Horn Section / Phillipe Saisse: Flute Solo / Timmy Cappello: Sax Solo / Dan Hartman: Percussion Programming / Carmine Rojas: Bass Guitar / J.T. Lewis: Drums / Danny Cummings: Shaker / Lance Ellington, Tessa Niles and Dan Hartman: Backing Vocals
★ Single release in 1990

A6. BE TENDER WITH ME BABY 4:17

Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / James Ralston: Rhythm Guitar / Gene Black: Power Guitar and Lead Guitar Solo / Dan Hartman: Acoustic Guitar / Pat Thrall: Additional Lead Guitar Fills / Phil Ashley: Organ, Synth and Strings / Phillipe Saisse: Additional Keyboards / T.M. Stevens: Bass / Art Wood: Drums / Tessa Niles: Backing Vocals
★ Single release in 1990

B1. YOU CAN’T STOP ME LOVING YOU 4:01

Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / James Ralston: Rhythm Guitar / Gene Black: Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Phil Ashley: Rhythm Keyboards and Strings / Phillipe Saisse: Mallet Keyboards and Bridge Chimes / T.M. Stevens: Bass Guitar / Art Wood: Drums / Danny Cummings: Tea Tray and Congas / Lance Ellington, Tessa Niles and Tina Turner: Backing Vocals

B2. ASK ME HOW I FEEL 4:47

Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman and Tina Turner / Arranged by Tina Turner / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / James Ralston: Rhythm Guitar / Gene Black: Rhythm Guitar / Dan Hartman: Acoustic Guitar / Pat Thrall: Chugg and Slide Guitar / Phil Ashley: Acoustic Piano, Flute and Strings / Elliot Lewis: Theme Keyboard Notes and Tag Strings / Phillipe Saisse: Theme Harmony Keyboards / Timmy Cappello: Sax Solo / T.M. Stevens: Bass / Art Wood: Drums / Tessa Niles, Lance Ellington and Tina Turner: Backing Vocals

B3. FALLING LIKE RAIN 4:04

Written by David Munday, Sandy Stewart / Produced by Rupert Hine / Recorded by Andrew Scarth / Rupert Hine: Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards / Phil Palmer: Guitar / Sandy Stewart, David Munday and Rupert Hine: Backing Vocals

B4. I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU 4:21

Written by Albert Hammond, Graham Lyle / Produced by Roger Davies, Graham Lyle and Albert Hammond / Recorded by Tommy Vicari and Mike Ging / James Ralston: Guitar / Gene Black: Guitar / Nick Glennie-Smith: Keyboards, Strings / Casey Young: Keyboards / Albert Hammond: Shaker / Gary Barnacle: Sax Solo / Greg Mathieson: Synth Bass / Geoff Dugmore: Drums / Graham Lyle, Tina Turner, Albert Hammond and Holly Knight: Backing Vocals
★ Single release in 1989

B5. NOT ENOUGH ROMANCE 4:04

Written by Dan Hartman / Produced by Dan Hartman / Recorded by Chris Lord-Alge / Dan Hartman: Keyboards, Moog Bass, Drum Programming, Acoustic Guitar / Pat Thrall: Electric Guitar / Elliot Lewis: Flute / T.M. Stevens: Bass Guitar / Lance Ellington and Tessa Niles: Backing Vocals

B6. FOREIGN AFFAIR 4:28

Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Roger Davies and Tony Joe White / Recorded by Mike Ging and Nick Froome / Vocals Recorded at Pathe-Marconi Studios, Paris / Tony Joe White: Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Mark Knopfler: Guitar / Nick Glennie-Smith: Synth Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Strings and Bell-Tree / Gary Barnacle: Sax
★ Single release in 1990

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album

Executive Producers: Tina Turner and Roger Davies
Album Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge at The Grey Room, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: David Scott
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York City
Additional Engineering by: John Lee, Dave O‘Donnell, Vincent Frerebeau
Assistant Engineers: Tim Leitner, Paul Logus, Elliot Singerman, Lee Curle, Darren Allison, James Allen-Jones, Ray Pyle
Recorded at The Hit Factory, Times Square, New York City
Additional Overdubs Recorded at The Power Station, New York City; Multi-Level, Connecticut; E-Zee Studios; Mayfair Studios and Swanyard Studios, London; Lionshare Studios, Los Angeles

Photography: Peter Lindbergh
Except For Center Photography: Herb Ritts
Art Direction: Bill Burks, Tommy Steele
Design: Glenn Sakamoto
Clothes Designed by Azzedine Alaia
Except Center Photo Dress by Michael Schmidt

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Billboard Magazine
September 30, 1989

High priestess returns after a three-year absence from the studio with a neatly poised package that shows off her sassy way with pop-styled material as well as her grittier aspects. Mike Chapman - Holly Knight penned "The Best" is a strong opener, but other tracks — notably those written by a resurgent Tony Joe White — show off some solid funk. Great depth of material will afford this album legs as long as Tina’s own.

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album
Billboard Magazine
November 11, 1989

THE SALABLE PROMO - Originally intended for promo distribution only, a special CD "passport" packaging version of Tina Turner’s Capitol album, "Foreign Affair," has had a run of 22,000 on a onetime basis only for sale at retail. The equivalent list for the CD is about $5 over the regular CD price. The first 500 of the promo passport CDs, an idea of Bill Burks, VP of artist and product development, were sequentially numbered. Capitol parent EMI companies in Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Holland, and Norway have also made the special CDs available for retail use.

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Promo
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Promo
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Promo
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Promo

THE AFFAIR HAS BEGUN

THE ALBUM:
FOREIGN AFFAIR

• DEBUT #1 IN THE U.K.
• DEBUT #1 IN GERMANY
• DEBUT #1 IN DENMARK
• DEBUT #1 IN SWITZERLAND
• DEBUT #1 ON THE PAN-EUROPEAN CHART
• 1,1 MILLION SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE U.S.
THE FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE
• SHIPPED GOLD IN THE U.S.
THE FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE
• PLATINUM IN CANADA FIRST WEEK 

THE SINGLE:
THE BEST

• ALREADY TOP 5 IN 12 COUNTRIES INTERNATIONALLY 

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album

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