Tina Live is an American promotional record to promote the album Live In Europe on R&B and Rock radio stations. The songs are divided in four „classic live songs“ and four „killer rock tracks“. Tina Live was released in 1988 as a two disc sampler from Capitol Records on 5“ CD.
classic live songs
1. I Can’t Stand The Rain (Live) 3:25
Written by Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard Miller / Produced & Mixed by Terry Britten
2. In The Midnight Hour (Live) 3:32
Written Wilson Picket, Steve Cropper / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
3. A Change Is Gonna Come (Live) 6:44
Written Sam Cooke / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
4. 634-5789 (Live duet with Robert Cray) 3:06
Written Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
May 14, 1988
LOS ANGELES — Capitol Records is taking direct aim at album rock and urban radio formats in its promotion of Tina Turner’s new two-record set, "Tina Live In Europe," culled from 1987 tour dates in the U.K., West Germany, and Sweden.
According to Bill Burks, Capitol VP of artist and product development, the label does not plan to issue a 7-inch single from the Turner release. "Basically she’s performing many of her songs that were released as singles previously," Burks says. "They work in the context of a live album, but there isn’t a specially recorded track prepared especially for release to top 40 radio.“ Instead, Capitol has issued two specially prepared four-song promotional CDs — one for album rock stations and one for black outlets.
The album rock sampler includes "Tearing Us Apart," a duet with Eric Clapton (which originally appeared as a studio track on Clapton’s album „August"); “It’s Only Love," a duet with Bryan Adams; a cover of Robert Palmer’s "Addicted To Love" and a new rendition of "Nutbush City Limits," previously recorded by Turner in the days when she was partnered with ex-husband Ike Turner.
The promo CD for black stations contains four covers of R&B classics — Ann Peebles "I Can’t Stand The Rain," Wilson Pickett’s "In The Midnight Hour," "634-5789," and Sam Cooke’s "A Change Is Gonna Come," the last two featuring guest stints by blues man Robert Cray. Says Burks, "What we tried to do in relation to those tracks is provide tunes that are less familiar to people and songs more appropriate to those formats, thereby underscoring Tina’s versatility."
Capitol is also supporting "Tina Live In Europe" with a concert video of "I Can’t Stand The Rain," drawn from Turner’s HBO cable special. The clip is currently in rotation on MTV and VH-1; Burks says that the latter cable outlet "was very enthusiastic about it.“ Initially, Capitol has shipped 200,000 units of the Turner set, which is placed at No. 111 on this week’s Top Pop Albums chart.
Burks says that it’s difficult to detect which segments of Turner's diverse audience are picking up on the album. "It’s early to tell, but it seems it’s being accepted well across the board," Burks says. "She's a multi-format artist, and the retail picture is paralleling that."
killer rock tracks
1. Tearing Us Apart (Live duet with Eric Clapton) 4:41
Written by Eric Clapton, Greg Phillinganes / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
2. Nutbush City Limits (Live) 3:28
Written Tina Turner / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
3. Addicted To Love (Live) 5:22
Written Robert Palmer / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson
4. It’s Only Love (Live duet with Bryan Adams) 4:15
Written Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance / Produced & Mixed by John Hudson