“Acid Queen” is a performance from Tommy. If you are familiar with the song and its context, but have not heard this version, you may think she was an odd choice for this role. But she just revels in the song and not only interprets it but acts it out and gives the character life through her voice.
The 1980s would find a much different Tina Turner. Songs such as “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and “Private Dancer” find her giving some of the most powerful vocals of the decade. She really is in rock mode with these songs. They would be the most popular of her career and the accompanying albums would sell in the millions. These are the songs that introduced her to a vast audience beyond her rhythm & blues roots.
There are four live tracks contained on the album. “Let’s Stay Together” and “I Can’t Stand The Rain” were recorded in Amsterdam. Both find her at her best and give a good sample of her concert style and modern vocal power. “Addicted To Love” is just a song that is a stretch for her and “The Best” is not a solid effort.
“It Would Be A Crime” and “I’m Ready” are her first new songs in several years. The first is a fine addition to her inventory while the second is average at best.
Tina is a good sample of who Tina Turner is musically. It presents the high energy of her music and her vocal power well. I would recommend this album as a definite buy.