Album

Private Dancer (1984)

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Private Dancer is one of the best selling albums of the 80'th with no less than seven single releases. After the success with Let's Stay Together in 1983, Tina’s new record company Capitol wanted a complete album, which was recorded in only two weeks in London. Al Greens Let’s Stay Together (from the 1983 B.E.F. session) and The Beatles Help, the first two singles, were produced and released before the recording of the album. What’s Love Got To Do With It was the first single to promote the album and topped the American charts while Tina was on tour  with Lionel Richie. „I Might Have Been Queen“ and Show Some Respect are very autobiographical and especially written for Tina. Better Be Good To Me (Spider), I Can’t Stand The Rain (Ann Peeples), „Steel Claw“ (Paul Brady) and „1984“ (David Bowie) are cover songs. Private Dancer was an unreleased Dire Straits song, because Mark Knopfler thought it's a song for a woman. The European single Help was not included in the original American release and the Australian edition contains the extra track „Rock'n Roll Widow“.

The album has been re-released several times: In 1985 as a vinyl picture disc; in 1997 as a Centenary Edition; in 2008 from The Mail on Sunday in England as part of the promotion for Tina’s upcoming tour and once again in 2015 as a 30th Anniversary Edition. For promotion, Capitol Records released a 4-track vinyl sampler for radio stations.

Design: John O’Brien / Shot That Tiger!
Photographer: Peter Ashworth 
Release: May 1984
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: Vinyl / CD / Cassette / Digital
Charts: UK: #2 / Germany: #2 / Europe: #1 / USA: #3 (pop), #1 (r&b)
Certifications: UK: 3x Platinum / Germany: 5x Gold, 2x Platinum / USA: 5x Platinum
Grammy: Album of the Year / (Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocals for „What’s Love Got To Do With It“ /Best Female Rock Vocals for „Better Be Good To Me“ (1985)

Europe
Side A
  1. I Might Have Been Queen 4:10
  2. Written by Jeannette Obstoy, Rupert Hine / Produced by Rupert Hine for Gestalt
  3. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:49
  4. Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten / Single release in 1984
  5. Show Some Respect 3:18
  6. Written by Terry Britten, Sue Shifrin / Produced by Terry Britten
  7. I Can’t Stand The Rain 3:41
  8. Written by Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard Miller / Produced by Terry Britten / Single release in 1985
  9. Private Dancer 7:11
  10. Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by Carter / Single release in 1984
Side B
  1. Let’s Stay Together 5:16
  2. Written by Al Green, Willie Mitchel, Al Jackson Jr. / Produced and Arranged by Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh / Single release in 1983
  3. Better Be Good To Me 5:10
  4. Written by Holly Knight, Nick Chinn, Mike Chapman / Produced by Rupert Hine for Gestalt / Single release in 1984
  5. Steel Claw 3:48
  6. Written by Paul Brady / Produced by Carter
  7. Help 4:30
  8. Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced by Joe Sample, Wilton Felder & Ndugu Chancler For Crusaders Productions Inc. / Single release in 1984
  9. 1984 3:09
  10. Written by David Bowie / Produced and Arranged by Martyn Ware and Greg Walsh
USA
Side A
  1. I Might Have Been Queen 4:10
  2. What’s Love Got To Do With It 3:49
  3. Single release in 1984
  4. Show Some Respect 3:18
  5. Single release in 1985
  6. I Can’t Stand The Rain 3:41
  7. Better Be Good To Me 5:10
  8. Single release in 1984
Side B
  1. Let’s Stay Together 5:16
  2. Single release in 1984
  3. 1984 3:09
  4. Steel Claw 3:48
  5. Private Dancer 7:11
  6. Single release in 1984
Gallery

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CashBox Review

June 09, 1984

Tina Turner makes a spectacular return to vinyl with this outstanding new LP for Capitol Records. This is an album listeners will absorb tune to tune, each cut embued with an identity unique to the „Queen of Rock 'N’ Roll“ herself. With flaring vocals and gut-level intensity, Turner covers such diverse classics as Bowie’s „1984“ and Al Green’s „Let’s Stay Together“. With the phenomenal chart action of „Let’s Stay Together“ and the single „What's Love Got to Do With It,“ Private Dancer should prove to be Turner’s strongest LP ever.

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Promo Sampler
Side A
  1. I Might Have Been Queen 4:10
  2. Better Be Good To Me 5:12
Side B
  1. Steel Claw 3:48
  2. Private Dancer 7:11

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