What You Get Is What You See is an up-styled country-tinged rock track and the third single from the Break Every Rule album. It was written and produced by Terry Britten & Graham Lyle and features Eric Clapton on guitars. The live version from the b-side was taken from the Break Every Rule home video. The previously unreleased track „Take Me To The River“ from the maxi single is an edited version. A slightly longer version is available on the American Break Every Rule single. In Australia, the song was used in a commercial for the New South Wales Rugby League in 1989. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows and performed it live at her Break Every Rule Tour and twenty years later at her 50th Anniversary Tour. Live versions are available on the album Live In Europe from 1988 and TINA Live from 2009.

The music video, directed by Peter Care and produced by Alastair Bates, shows Tina with a blue mini dress and a jeans jacket outside on a stage near a gasoline station. While performing the song, we see some good looking men around her, according to the song text. At the end, Tina wears a jeans and drives away with a motorcycle. The clip was originally released on the What You See Is What You Get home video on VHS, but is also available on the Simply The Best home video on DVD.

Released in January 1987 in America and in February 1987 in Europe from Capitol / EMI Records on 7“ & 12“ (gatefold) vinyl, What You Get Is What You See reached #13 in America, #17 in Germany, #18 in Europe and #30 in England. It was also a #9 airplay hit in Europe.

Billboard Magazine - February 07, 1987: A playful double-speed bop; cute, lightweight material anchored by the massive Turner persona.

Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single

single

A. What You Get Is What You See (Single Version) 3:57

Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten

B. What You Get Is What You See (Live) 4:57

Produced by John Hudson / Recorded live in London, November 1986

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maxi (germany I)

A1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Dance Mix) 6:39

B1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Rock Mix) 5:59

B2. What You Get Is What You See (Live) 4:57

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maxi (germany II)

A1. What You Get Is What You See (Single Version) 3:57

A2. Take Me To The River (Edit) (Previously Unreleased) 4:11

Written by Al Green / Produced by Martyn Ware

B1. The Tina Turner Montage Mix 8:54

Tracks: I Can’t Stand The Rain, Two People, We Don’t Need Another Hero,What’s Love Got To Do With It, Typical Male, Let’s Stay Together / Mixed by Les "The Mixdoctor" Adams for DMC Productions

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maxi (uk)

A. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Dance Mix) 6:39

B. The Tina Turner Montage Mix 8:54

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maxi (uk gatefold)

A1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Rock Mix) 5:59

B1. Take Me To The River (Edit) (Previously Unreleased) 4:11

B2. What You Get Is What You See (Live) 4:57

C1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Dance Mix) 6:39

D1. The Tina Turner Montage Mix 8:54

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maxi (usa)

A1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Dance Mix) 6:39

A2. What You Get Is What You See (Single Version) 3:57

B1. What You Get Is What You See (Extended Rock Mix) 5:59

B2. What You Get Is What You See (Live) 4:57

Front Photography by Bettina Rheims
Back Photography by Paul Cox
Design by Stylorouge

Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single
Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Music Video

Music Video
Director: Peter Care
Producer: Alastair Bates
Home Video: Simply The Best
Time: 4:08

1986

Tina Turner - Two People - Single

Two People

1987

Tina Turner - What You Get Is What You See - Single

What You Get Is What You See

1987

Tina Turner - Girl's - Single

Girl's