Love Thing was a previously unreleased track from the greatest hits sampler Simply The Best, taken from the Foreign Affair recording session. It was the third single in Europe and the first one in America. As a special bonus, a poster package was released in the UK in addition to the regular single. The song „I’m A Lady“ from the b-side was also previously unreleased.

The music video was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Mike Bodnarczuk. It shows Tina and two models (one of them Tyra Banks) on a catwalk, posing for a photoshot. At the end, Tina drives away together with the photographer on a motorcycle. The version from the music video is slightly different, because the beginning is longer. It's available on the Simply The Best video collection on DVD.

Released October 1991 in America and February 1992 in Europe from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ (poster) & 12“ vinyl, cassette, and 5“ CD, Love Thing reached #29 in England and #67 in Germany. It was also a #18 airplay hit in Europe.

Holly Knight: I had submitted 'Love Thing' to her for 'Foreign Affair' and she wasn’t sure about the tune, I think she thought it was too racy. I asked her to have a second listen when they were looking for a single for 'Simply The Best',  I had ‘cleaned’ the lyrics up a bit, and Tina decided she loved it after all and recorded it. In the video, I think she never looked hotter. I remember thinking that she would’ve made a great Cat Woman. She was clad from head to toe in a Leopard skin halter dress by Azzadine Alia. The woman has style.

Billboard Magazine - October 12, 1991: New song featured on upcoming greatest-hits collection, “Simply The Best," is a swaggering rocker, replete with crunchy guitars and a muscular rhythm section. Tune and arrangement are a perfect match for Turner’s signature growl. A must for top 40 and album rock formats. 

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Vinyl Single (Germany) - Back Cover

single (germany)

A. Love Thing 4:28

Written by Albert Hammond, Holly Knight / Produced by Chris Lord-Alge, Tina Turner, Roger Davies

B. Nutbush City Limits (’91) 4:17

Written by Tina Turner / Produced & Remixed by C.J. Mackinthos, Dave Dorrell

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single (uk)

A. Love Thing 4:28

B. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten, Chris Lord-Alge

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single (usa)

1. Love Thing 4:28

2. Foreign Affair 4:28

Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Roger Davies, Tony Joe White

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

CD Promo (USA) - Front Cover

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

CD Maxi (Germany) - Label

maxi (germany)

A1. Love Thing 4:28

B1. Nutbush City Limits (’91) 4:17

B2. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24

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maxi (uk)

1. Love Thing 4:28

2. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24

3. It’s Only Love (Live duet with Bryan Adams) 4:15

Written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance / Produced by Terry Britten

4. Private Dancer (Live) 5:37

Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by Terry Britten

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maxi (usa)

1. Love Thing 4:28

2. Foreign Affair 4:28

3. Steamy Windows 4:03

Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan hartman, Chris Lord-Alge

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Vinyl Single (UK) - Poster

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Vinyl Single (UK) - Poster

EMI Promo

October last year, the TINA TURNER double album (single CD) SIMPLY THE BEST was released, which includes all hits from TINA TURNER since her sensational comeback with "Private Dancer" in 1984 — together with the associated home video. From "Let's Stay Together," the Grammy winning "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "We Don’t Need Another Hero" to the hits of her multi-platinum seller "Foreign Affair," this is the evidence that TINA truly deserves the title "First Lady Of Rock". SIMPLY THE BEST stays for weeks on top of the UK and German charts. "Love Thing" is after "Way Of The World" another single, which TINA TURNER has exclusively recorded for her hit album.

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Mike Bodnarczuk
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 4:26

1991

Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits (The 90’s Version) - Single

Nutbush City Limits (90’s Version)

1991

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Love Thing

1992

Tina Turner - Way Of The World - Single

Way Of The World