Album

Foreign Affair (1989)

Tina Turner - Foreign Affair - Album

Foreign Affair is the seventh studio album from Tina Turner and was 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. It's 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, available on the Do You Want Some Action! home video from 1991. Initially intended only for promotion, a special limited edition passport package was released for retail in November.

For promotion, Capitol Records released a 4-track cassette sampler with selected songs and an additional radio interview in which Tina talks amongst other things about living in Europe, making videos and of course the recording of the album. The interview is divided in 28 cuts with a total duration about 26 minutes, released on a white labeled vinyl record, marked with a promo sticker. Included is also a ten page transcription with all questions and Tina’s answers.

Photographer: Peter Lindbergh / Herb Ritts (center) 
Design: Glenn Sakamoto 
Release: September 1989
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: Vinyl / CD / Cassette / Digital
Charts: Germany: #1 / UK: #1 / USA: #31 / #1 in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden
Certifications: UK: 5x Platinum / Germany: 3x Gold, 2x Platinum / USA: 1x Gold
Grammy: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Nomination 1990)

Tracklist
Side A
  1. Steamy Windows 4:05
  2. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Single release in 1989
  3. The Best 5:30
  4. Written by Holly Knight, Mike Chapman / Produced by Dan Hartman, Tina Turner / Single release in 1989
  5. You Know Who (Is Doin You Know What) 3:46
  6. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan Hartman
  7. Undercover Agent For The Blues 5:20
  8. Written by Tony Joe White, L. White / Produced by Dan Hartman / Promo release in 1989
  9. Look Me In The Heart 3:43
  10. Written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg / Produced by Dan Hartman / Single release in 1990
  11. Be Tender With Me Baby 4:17
  12. Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman / Single release in 1990
Side B
  1. You Can’t Stop Me Loving You 4:01
  2. Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman
  3. Ask Me How I Feel 4:47
  4. Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Dan Hartman, Tina Turner
  5. Falling Like Rain 4:04
  6. Written by David Munday, Sandy Stewart / Produced by Rupert Hine
  7. I Don’t Wanna Lose You 4:21
  8. Written by Albert Hammond, Graham Lyle / Produced by Roger Davies, Graham Lyle, Albert Hammond / Single release in 1989
  9. Not Enough Romance 4:04
  10. Written by Dan Hartman / Produced by Dan Hartman
  11. Foreign Affair 4:28
  12. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Roger Davies, Tony Joe White / Single release in 1990
Holly Knight

hollyknight.com

'Foreign Affair' ended up being an especially great project for me, Tina recorded four of my tunes on it. Besides „The Best,“ Tina recorded three tunes I cowrote with another talented writer, Albert Hammond. I had only met Albert recently on a songwriters project that took fifty writers to Russia. Upon our return to the US we started collaborating and many tunes we wrote during a two month period got recorded by several artists. As far as „Foreign Affair,“ Tina called to tell me she was in town, that she loved the new bridge to „The Best,“ and asked if I had any other tunes to play her. I threw four tunes on a cassette and went to visit her in her hotel. She picked three of the tunes and said she wanted to record all three. I had to pinch myself, this would make six tunes of mine she had cut to date, and I was overjoyed. The fourth tune on the tape was „Love Thing“ and she ended up recording that one as well for another record later on. Tina has been the biggest lucky charm on my bracelet.

Billboard Magazine

November 11, 1989

The Saleable 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.

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12“ Vinyl Promo
  1. Interview 15:48
  2. Making of videos / Promotion / Living in Europe / Performing live / Tony Joe White / Albert Hammond / Recording of the new album / Dan Hartman / Creative input / About the new songs from 'Foreign Affair'
  3. Interview 12:20
  4. About the new songs from 'Foreign Affair' / R&B roots
Promotional Records

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4-track Cassette Sampler
  1. The Best 5:30
  2. Steamy Windows 4:05
  3. I Don’t Wanna Lose You 4:21
  4. You Can't Stop Me Loving You 4:01
Promotional Pictures

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