On Silent Wings is a country-flavoured song, taken from the album Wildest Dreams. Written by Tony Joe White and Tina’s guitarist James Ralston and remixed from the New York production duo Soul Solution, it was the second single in Europe and the third one in America, including guest vocals from Sting. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows and used it as the encore at her Wildest Dreams Tour. A live version is available on the Live In Amsterdam home video from 1997 and the When The Heartache Is Over single from 1999.

The music video was directed by David Mallet at filmed in South Africa at a beach and the mountains around Cape Town. It includes also some live scenes from the Wildest Dreams Tour and shows Tina walking through the streets of Cape Town, surrounded by locals. The clip was never officially released on home video but is available on the Behind The Dreams promotional video on VHS.

Released in May 1996 from Parlophone Records in Europe and in May 1997 from Virgin Records in America on 12“ vinyl, cassette and 5“ CD, On Silent Wings reached #13 in England, #45 in Europe, #55 in Germany and #24 (Adult) and #47 (Dance) in America. It was also a #6 airplay hit in Europe.

Tina Turner - On Silent Wings - Single

cd-single

1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

2. Do Something (Previously Unreleased) 3:20

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cassingle

1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

2. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01

2. The Best (Edit) 4:16

4. I Don’t Wanna Lose You 4:21

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maxi

1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

2. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01

3. Do Something (Previously Unreleased) 3:20

4. I Don’t Wanna Lose You 4:21

Photography: Tony McGee
Art Direction & Design: Jeremy Plump @ Sonicon

Tina Turner - On Silent Wings - Single
Tina Turner - On Silent Wings - Single

digipack

1.1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

Written by Tony Joe White, James Ralston / Produced by Trevor Horn

1.2. Private Dancer (Edit) 4:01

Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by John Carter

1.3. The Best (Edit) 4:16

Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Tina Turner, Chris Lord-Alge

1.4. I Don’t Wanna Lose You 4:21

Written by Albert Hammond, Graham Lyle / Produced by Roger Davies, Graham Lyle, Albert Hammond

2.1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

2.2. Whatever You Want (Album Version) 6:03

Written by Arthur Baker, Taylor Dayne, F. Zarr / Produced by Trevor Horn

2.3. Do Something (Previously Unreleased) 3:20

Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Trevor Horn

2.4. On Silent Wings (Alternative Version) 4:20

Tina Turner - On Silent Wings - Single

promo (cd)

1. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix Edit) 3:43

2. On Silent Wings (Trevor Horn Remix) 4:20

3. On Silent Wings (Call Out Research Hook) 0:08

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promo (vinyl)

A1. On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Club Mix) 8:32

A2. On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Instrumental) 8:32

B1. On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Percapella) 8:32

B2. On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Radio Edit) 3:51

Remixes by Trevor Horn / Bobby Guy, Ernie Lake (Soul Solution)

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dj-sampler

(summer souvenir) On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Club Mix Edit) 7:32

(winter party) On Silent Wings (Soul Solution Club Mix Edit) 6:44

Billboard Magazine
April 19, 1997

On the eve of La Tina’s first stateside concert tour in eons, Virgin plucks one of the strongest and more radio-friendly tunes from the diva’s gorgeous (and sadly underappreciated) current disc, "Wildest Dreams." Her worldly perspective adds depth to the lyrics of this melancholy rock ballad, which also shows producer Trevor Horn tempering his signature melodramatic keyboard sound with subtle acoustic strumming that never distracts the ear from Turner. Additional programming incentive comes from a laid-back cameo by Sting, though this lovely single would merit the ardent attention of pop, triple-A, and even mainstream rock radio without such stunt casting.

Tina Turner - On Silent Wings - Music Video

Music Video
Director: David Mallet
Home Video: Never officially released
Time: 4:16

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