Tina Turner - Rough - Album

Rough is Tina’s first solo album in 1978 after her divorce from Ike Turner. The album contains almost rock songs, with some influences from the disco genre. It includes also her first studio version of Elton John's „The Bitch Is Back,“ which she used as the opening number of her solo shows. In 1991, Tina re-recorded the song for the Elton John tribute album Two Rooms. „Rough“ and it’s four singles didn’t charted, but like the previous album Acid Queen, it was an indication of the new direction for Tina’s music - combining rock with some pop and R&B elements. The song „Night Time Is The Right Time“ was already recorded by Ike & Tina, but not released until 1991 on the CD „Good Old Times“.

Tina Turner - Rough - Album
Tina Turner - Rough - Album

A1. Fruits Of The Night 4:05

Written by E. & V. Zanki, P. Bellotte / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Fender Rhodes & Clavinet: Bon Stockert / Arp synthesizer programmed and played by Michael Boddicker / Percussion and vocal siren: Airto Moreira / Background Vocals: Tina Turner
Single release in 1978

A2. The Bitch Is Back 3:30

Written by E. John, B. Taupin / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Keyboards: Ron Stockert ● Background Vocals: Venetta Fields, Maxayn Lewis, Stephanie Spryil, Deborah Lindsay, Julia Tillman, Denise Echols, Marsha Thacker

A3. The Woman I’m Supposed To Be 3:10

Written by C. Wade / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic guitar: Al Ciner / Acoustic piano: Ken Moore / Hammond organ: W. D. Smith / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Marsha Thacker, Stephanie Spryill, Denise Echols, Tony Walthers, Ken Moore, Michael Stephenson

A4. Viva La Money 3:14

Written by A. Toussaint / Drums: Ed Greene / Bass: Dennis Belfield / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic piano & clavinet: Ron Stockert / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Mary Russell, Maxayn Lewis, Venetta Fields / Soprano saxophone solo: Rick Kellis
Single release in 1978

A5. Funny How Time Slips Away 4:08

Written by W. Nelson / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic piano: Ken Moore / Hammond organ: W. D. Smith / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Marsha Thacker, Stephanie Spryill, Denise Echols, Tony Walthers, Ken Moore, Michael Stephenson

A6. Earthquake And Hurricane 2:30

Written by W. Dixon / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Keyboards: Ron Stockert / Harmonica: Bill Oz / percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Mary Russell, Maxayn Lewis

B1. Root, Toot Undisputable Rock’n Roller 4:29

Written by G. Jackson / Drums: Ed Greene / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Keyboards: Ron Stockert / Tenor saxophone solo: Rick Kellis / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Mary Russell, Maxayn Lewis, Venetta Fields
Single release in 1978

B2. Fire Down Below 3:13

Written by B. Seger / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic piano: Ron Stockert / Harmonica: Bill Oz / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Venetta Fields, Maxayn Lewis, Stephanie Spryill

B3. Sometimes When We Touch 3:54

Written by D. Hill, B. Mann / Drums: Peter Bunetta / Bass: Bill Haynes / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic guitar: Al Ciner / Acoustic piano: Ken Moore / Fender Rhodes: Ron Stockert / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Marsha Thacker, Stephanie Spryill, Denise Echols, Tony Walthers, Ken Moore, Michael Stephenson
Single release in 1979

B4. A Woman In A Man’s World 2:41

Written by A. Jordan, H. David / Acoustic piano & rhodes: Ron Stockert / Arp synthesizer: Rick Kellis / Percussion: Airto Moreira / Oberheim strings and moog programmed and played by Michael Boodicker

B5. Night Time Is The Right Time 6:21

Written by L. Carr / Drums: Ed Greene / Bass: Dennis Belfield / Electric guitar: Lenny Macaluso / Acoustic piano: Ron Stockert / Hammond organ: W. D. Smith / percussion: Airto Moreira / Background vocals: Mary Russell, Maxayn Lewis, Venetta Fields

Tina Turner - Rough - Album

Produced by Bob Monaco

Recorded and mixed at Conway Recording Studio, Hollywood
Recording and re-mix engineer: Roger Harris
Assistant engineer: Phil Moore
Mastered at Kendun Recorders by John Golden
Production Assistant: Jill Harris

Strings and Horns arranged by Rick Kellis
Strings performed by The Gerald Lee String Company
Horns performed by The L.A. Horns: Rick Kellis, Dennis Faris and Jeff "Dino" Deane

Special Thanks: Fred Frank — for bringing Tina Turner to the Roadshow Family: Sid Mauer, Nick Albarano, Maye Hampton-James, Jack Baer and the Dogs of War

Photography: Claude Mougin
Lettering: Andy Engle
Art Direction: Bill Burks

Tina Turner - Rough - Promo
Tina Turner - Rough - Promo
Tina Turner - Rough - Promo
Tina Turner - Rough - Promo

Billboard Magazine
October 07, 1978

A genuinely legendary performer, Turner takes the long awaited solo plunge with an adventurous variety of old and new material which she seeks to make her own in her inimitable pull out the stops fashion. Her delivery has lost none of its snap and crackle, and solid backup support includes Airto Moreiro on percussion, the L.A. Horns, Mary Russell joining a group of fine and funky vocalists and a touch of discofied synthesizer.

Best cuts: "Fruits Of The Night," "The Bitch ls Back," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'N' Roller," "Fire Down Below."

Tina Turner - Rough - Album

Release
Original: September, 1978 / Reissue: 1984 / CD: 1990

Format
Vinyl, Cartridge, Cassette, CD

Label
USA, UK: United Artists / Germany: Ariola / CD: EMI

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