Tina Turns The Country On is Tina’s very first solo album while she was still married with Ike and a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. All songs are cover versions from different artists. At the originally recording session at Ike’s Bolic sound studios, twenty songs were recorded, but only a selection of ten were released. The remaining tracks have been released for the first time on the album Good Hearted Woman in 1979. The only song Tina performed live in her concerts was „Help Me Make It Through The Night“. The live version can be found on the home video Wild Lady Of Rock from 1979.
Released August 1974 on the United Artists label on vinyl and 8-track cartridge Tina Turns The Country On didn’t charted, but was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category „Best R&B Vocal Performance Female“ in 1975. Unfortunately, the album is still waiting for a release on compact disc.
A1. Bayou Song 3:28
Written by P.J. Morse
A2. Help Me Make It Through The Night 2:55
Written by K. Kristofferson
A3. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You 3:00
Written by B. Dylan
A4. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 3:05
Written by J. Rostill
A5. He Belongs To Me 4:07
Written by B. Dylan
B1. Don’t Talk Now 3:04
Written by J. Taylor
B2. Long Long Time 4:55
Written by G. White
B3. I’m Moving On 2:40
Written by H. Snow
B4. There’ll Always Be Music 4:17
Written by D. Parton
B5. The Love That Lights Our Way 3:15
Written by F. Karlin
Produced by Tom Thacker
Arranged by Everyone Involved
Engineers: John Horton, Fred Borkgren, Steve Waldman, D. B. Johnson, Tom Thacker
Recorded at Bolic Sound, Inglewood, California - June, 1974
Bass: Joe Lamano
Drums: Michael Bolts
Electric Guitar: Mark Creamer & James Burton
Acoustic Guitar: Mark Creamer
Piano: Glen D. Hardin & John Hammond
Steel Guitar: J. D. Minnis
Sax & Recorder: Tom Scott
Percussion & Sound Effects: Terrance Lane
Background Vocalists: Jesse Smith, Pat Hodges, Clydie King, Merry Clayton
Photography: David Alexander
Art Direction: Bob Cato
September 14, 1974
Fine mix of country, folky and soft rock tunes done in Tina's inimitable style. On this effort she flexes her voice from it’s softest to it’s usual rough tone and molds it perfectly around each cut. Drawing from a wide range of composers from Dylan to Dolly Parton to Kris Kristofferson to Hank Snow. Ms. Turner should gain easy soul and pop play and possibly some country play. Surprisingly effective are the slow cuts, and Tina proves just as adept an interpreter of other's material as she is a singer of original songs.
Best cuts: „He Belongs To Me,“ „Long Long Time,“ „I'm Moving On"
Dealers: Usual excellent cover shot. Play in store.