Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album

Private Dancer is one of the best selling albums of the 80'th with no less than seven single releases. After the success with Let's Stay Together in 1983, Tina’s new record company Capitol wanted a complete album, which was recorded in only two weeks in London.

Al Greens Let’s Stay Together (from the 1983 BEF session) and The Beatles Help, the first two singles, were produced and released before the recording of the album. What’s Love Got To Do With It was the first single to promote the album and went to #1 in the US while Tina was on tour as an opening act for Lionel Richie. „I Might Have Been Queen“ and Show Some Respect are very autobiographical and especially written for Tina. Better Be Good To Me (Spider), I Can’t Stand The Rain (Ann Peeples), „Steel Claw“ (Paul Brady) and „1984“ (David Bowie) are cover songs. Private Dancer was an unreleased Dire Straits song because Mark Knopfler thought it's a song for a woman.

The European single Help was missing on the originally U.S. release. The Australian edition contains the extra track „Rock 'n' Roll Widow,“ which was also the b-side of the single Help in Europe and What’s Love Got To Do With It in America. In 1997, a remastered edition with some b-side tracks and extended versions was released from EMI in Europe. In 2015, the album was reissued again to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the originally release. This two disc set includes all b-sides, extended mixes and some additional tracks.

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
europe
A1. I MIGHT HAVE BEEN QUEEN 4:10

Written By: Jeannette Obstoy, Rupert Hine / Produced By: Rupert Hine for Gestalt / Recorded in England at the Farmyard / Bass, Keyboards, Percussion Programming: Rupert Hine / Guitar: Jamie West-Oram / Acoustic Drums: Trevor Morais / Background Vocals: Tina Turner, Cy Curnin, Rupert Hine

A2. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT 3:49 

Written By: Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced By: Terry Britten / Engineered By and Mixed by: John Hudson / Recorded At: Mayfair Studios, London, England / Keyboards: Nick Glennie Smith, Billy Livsey / Drums: Graham Jarvis / Percussion: Simon Menon / Guitar: Terry Britten / Backing Vocals: Tessa Niles, Terry Britten
★ Single release in 1984

A3. SHOW SOME RESPECT 3:18

Written By: Terry Britten, Sue Shifrin / Produced By: Terry Britten / Engineered By and Mixed by: John Hudson / Recorded At: Mayfair Studios, London, England / Drums: Graham Jarvis / Keyboards: Nick Glennie Smith, Billy Livsey / Guitar: Terry Britten / Backing Vocals: Tessa Niles, Terry Britten
★ Single release in 1985

A4. I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN 3:41

Written By: Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard Miller / Produced By: Terry Britten / Engineered and Mixed By: John Hudson / Recorded At: Mayfair Studios, London, England / Keyboards: Nick Glennie Smith / Drums: Graham Broad / Guitar: Terry Britten
★ Single release in 1985

A5. PRIVATE DANCER 7:11

Written By: Mark Knopfler / Produced By: Carter / Recorded in England at Wessex and Good Earth Studios / Remixed By: Humberto Gatica / Drums: Terry Williams / Keyboards: Alan Clark / Guitar: Hal Lindes / Bass: John lllsley / Sax: Mel Collins / Percussion: Julian Diggle and Carter / Guitar Solo: Jeff Beck / Thanks to Mark Knopfler
Single release in 1984

B1. LET'S STAY TOGETHER 5:16

Written By: Al Green, Willie Mitchel, Al Jackson Jr. / Produced and Arranged By: Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh / Engineered By: Greg Walsh and Walter Samuel / Recorded at Abbey Road and CBS Studios, London / Piano and Synthesizer: Nick Plytas / Guitar: Ray Russell / Percussion: Frank Riccotti / Sax: Gary Barnacle / Fairlights-C.M.l. Programming: Greg Walsh / Lynn Drum Programming: Martyn Ware / Backing Vocals: Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware
★ Single release in 1983

B2. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME 5:10

Written By: Holly Knight, Nick Chinn, Mike Chapman / Produced By: Rupert Hine for Gestalt / Recorded in England at the Farmyard / Bass, Keyboards, Percussion Programming: Rupert Hine / Guitar: Jamie West-Oram / Acoustic Drums: Trevor Morais / Background Vocals: Tina Turner, Cy Curnin, Rupert Hine
★ Single release in 1984

B3. STEEL CLAW 3:48

Written By: Paul Brady / Produced By: Carter / Recorded in England at Wessex and Good Earth Studios / Remixed By: Humberto Gatica / Drums: Terry Williams / Keyboards: Alan Clark / Bass: John lllsley / Guitar: Hal Lindes, Richie Zito / Background Vocal: Tina Turner / Guitar Solo: Jeff Beck

B4. HELP 4:30

Written By: John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced By: Joe Sample, Wilton Felder & Ndugu Chancler For Crusaders Productions Inc. / Engineered By: F. Byron Clark Drums: Ndugu Chancler / Bass & Sax: Wilton Felder / Piano & Synthesizer: Joe Sample / Guitar: Charles Fearing / Guitar: David Walker / Synthesizer Programming: David Ervin / Backing Vocals: Gwen Evans, Jessica Williams, Alex Brown
★ European version only & Single release in 1984

B5. 1984 3:09

Written By: David Bowie / Produced and Arranged By: Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh / Engineered By: Greg Walsh and Walter Samuel / Recorded at CBS Studios, London / Strings Arranged By: Dave Cullen / Piano and Synthesizer: Nick Plytas / Fairlights-C.M.l. Programming: Greg Walsh / Lynn Drum Programming: Martyn Ware / Backing Vocals: Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
usa
A1. I MIGHT HAVE BEEN QUEEN 4:10
A2. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT 3:49 
A3. SHOW SOME RESPECT 3:18
A4. I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN 3:41
A5. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME 5:10
B1. LET'S STAY TOGETHER 5:16
B2. 1984 3:09
B3. STEEL CLAW 3:48
B4. PRIVATE DANCER 7:11
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album

Art Direction: Roy Kohara
Design: John O’Brien / Shot That Tiger!
Photography: Peter Ashworth

Mastered By: Stephen Marcussen at Precision Lacquer, Hollywood

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Album
anniversary edition (cd2)
1. BALL OF CONFUSION (Remix) 4:11

Written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Stron / Produced and arranged by Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh for B.E.F / From the album "Music of Quality and Distinction Vol. 1"

2. I WROTE A LETTER 3:24

Written by Inga Rumpf / Produced by John Carter / From the "Let’s Stay Together" single b-side

3. ROCK'N ROLL WIDOW 4:45 

Written by Tom Snow / Produced by John Carter / From the American "What’s Love Got To Do With It“ and European "Help" single b-side

4. DON'T RUSH THE GOOD THINGS 3:46 

Written by Neil Gammack / Produced by John Carter / From the European "What’s Love Got To Do With It" single b-side

5. WHEN I WAS YOUNG 3:11 

Written by Barry Jenkins, Victor Briggs, John Weider, Eric Burdon, Danny McCulloch / Produced by John Carter / From the "Better Be Good To Me" single b-side

6. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY 3:31 

Written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg / Produced by John Carter / From the European "Private Dancer" single b-side

7. TONIGHT (Live duet with David Bowie) 4:01 

Written by David Bowie, James Osterberg / Produced by Terry Britten / Recorded live at the NEC, Birmingham

8. LET'S PRETEND WE’RE MARRIED (Live) 4:13

Written by Prince / Produced by John Carter / From the "Show Some Respect" single b-side

9. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT (Extended Mix) 5:48

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten / From the 12“ single

10. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME (Extended Edit) 7:03

Written by Holly Knight, Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman / Produced by Rupert Hine / From the 12“ single

11. I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN (Extended Mix) 5:45

Written by Bernard Miller, Donald Bryant, Ann Peebles / Produced by Terry Britten / From the 12“ single

12. SHOW SOME RESPECT (Extended Mix) 5:45

Written by Terry Britten, Sue Shifrin / Produced by Terry Britten / From the 12“ single

13. WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO 4:16

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten / From the soundtrack album "Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome"

14. ONE OF THE LIVING 4:13 

Written by Holly Knight / Produced by Mike Chapman / From the soundtrack album "Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome"

15. IT’S ONLY LOVE (duet with Bryan Adams) 3:18

Written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance  / Produced by Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain, James Douglas Vallance  / From the Bryan Adams album "Reckless"

Management: Erwin Bach for TT Teamwork Productions AG
Photography: Peter Ashworth
Art Direction and Design: Jeri Heiden and Glen Nakasako at Smog Design, Inc.
Mastering: Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios
Thanks to Olivia Thomas, Carol Conlon and Jason Day at Warner Music

Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Promo
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Promo
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Promo
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Promo

Tina Turner album chronology