Twenty Four Seven is the tenth and very last studio album from Tina Turner. Actually, Tina wanted only a greatest hits album and planned an elaborate co-headlining tour with Elton John. But during the rehearsals for the VH-1 special Divas Live, Tina wasn’t happy with the band, stopped everyone from playing and instructed John how to play Proud Mary. Elton went into a rage, which he apologized for later. Because of this, Tina canceled all common activities and decided with her manager Roger Davies to record her final studio album in London. The songs were written by various songwriters, including the Bee Gees and Tina’s longtime friend Terry Britten. It was first released in Europe, following the American release three month later, after Tina performed live at the Super Bowl presume ceremony on January 30.
Tina recorded also the Marvin Gaye classic „I Heard It Through The Grapevine“ for this album, but the song doesn’t made it to the final tracklist. Beside different versions of the songs „All The Woman“ and „Talk To My Heart,“ it’s only available on a very hard to find internal pre-release CD. However, Tina added the song to the setlist of her Twenty Four Seven Tour, available on the One Last Time home video.
For promotion, Parlophone Records released a 5-track Sampler with selected tracks and an Interview Disc in which Tina talks about the new songs, producers and her tour plans. Last but not least, an additional Box Set features the original album on compact disc, a VHS video with an EPK, a booklet and two promo pictures. The launch party for the album was on October 27 in Paris with a press conference and the performance of two songs (Twenty Four Seven and Whatever You Need) live on stage at the Buddha Bar.
Photographer: Herb Ritts
Design: Jeremy Plumb @ Vent
Release: November 2000 (Europe) / February 2000 (USA)
Label: Parlophone (Europe) / Virgin (USA)
Format: CD / Cassette / MiniDisc / Digital
Charts: Germany: #3 / UK: #9 / Europe: #3 / USA: #21
Certifications: UK: 1x Gold, 1x Platinum / Germany: 1x Gold, 1x Platinum / USA: 1x Gold
Billboard - February 05, 2000
The original soul queen is back - and with a fiery passion, it should be noted. Having recently celebrated her 60th birthday, the Zurich-residing Turner apparently won't let something as silly as a two-digit number get in the way of her singing career. For that, the entire music industry should breathe a sigh of relief. Because quite honestly, artists like Turner don’t come along every day or every year, for that matter - especially in these times of cookie-cutter wannabes. For „Twenty Four Seven,“ which follows in the footsteps of the under-appreciated 1996 album „Wildest Dreams,“ Turner delivers a sterling collection that deftly treks across a beat-savvy terrain. The singer has aligned herself with such dancefloor-conscious remixers/producers as the Absolute and Metro, who have produced for Spice Girls and Cher, respectively. On the opening track „Whatever You Need,“ midtempo rhythms and heartfelt strings provide the perfect backdrop for Turner’s emotional delivery. Other highlights include the rock-etched „Without You," which features a cameo from Bryan Adams; the shuffling „I Will BeThere,“ a never-before recorded Bee Gees track; the harmonica-drenched title track; and the set's first single „When The Heartache Is Over,“ which is a reminiscent of Cher's „Believe“ - both musically and lyrically. A hit throughout Europe, „Heartache“ is poised to repeat the process in the.U.S. That is, if radio would open it's ear's!