It’s Only Love is a rock song, written by Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance and the last single from Bryan’s album Reckless. The live version from the 12“ maxi single was recorded in Birmingham, England at the N.E.C. on March 23, 1985. Because Bryan was the opening act for Tina’s Private Dancer Tour in Europe, he performed the song at most of the concerts together with Tina as a special guest. At the Break Every Rule Tour in 1987 / '88, Tina performed the song as a duet with John Miles. At the Rainforest Concert in 1993 and once again at Tina’s birthday special Celebrate! in 1999, Tina and Bryan performed it live again.
Jim Vallance: I attended Tina Turner's vocal session for "It's Only Love." As soon as she started singing, my heart sank. Our track was in the wrong key for Tina's vocal range! I thought we'd blown it, but Tina and Bryan tried a few things. They nudged the melody up a third and suddenly, we were back in business and Tina nailed it! What a thrilling moment that was. It was very exciting to witness.
The music video shows Tina in a black mini dress and a jeans jacket, introducing Bryan Adams. He then joins her on stage with his guitar for the duet. The clip was taken from the Private Dancer Tour home video and won a MTV Video Award in the category „Best Stage Performance“ in 1986.
Released in November 1985 on the A&M label on 7“ & 12“ vinyl, It’s Only Love reached #15 in America, #29 in England, #44 in Germany and #52 in Europe. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category „Best Rock Vocals by a Group“ in 1986.
Double whammy of a rock tune teams two of the most potent voices that ever growled a harmony; from "Reckless," which celebrates its first anniversary on the LP chart this week.