If you’re not paying attention, you might mistake Tina Turner for a “Stepford diva,” half rock star and half robot. How else can we explain the fact that this woman looks about 30 years younger than she really is? Tina has either made a deal with the devil or has the best genes in rock music. Maybe that’s why every few years she comes out of retirement to release a greatest hits CD. Or perhaps it’s because Tina is more than just a pretty face on a great pair of legs. This woman rocked, and she continues to do so in her own adult-contemporary way.
This latest hits collection, All the Best, is a double-disc set that includes much more than the previous Tina Tuner best-of, Simply the Best. While Simply only included songs from 1983 and beyond, the new album reaches back to 1966 when Tina was making music with then husband, Ike Turner. A song like “River Deep Mountain High” may sound a little dated, but it is without a doubt an important part to the Tina Turner catalog. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for all of Tina’s music.
The problem with All the Best is that it doesn’t need to be a two-disc album. Some of the songs, mostly those from Tina’s forgettable 1990s albums, seem to be filler here. If we can’t really recall any of the “hits” from 1999’s Twenty Four Seven, then they probably shouldn’t be included in the collection. All the Best is definitely a must-have for die hard Tina Turner fans. Everyone else might be a little overwhelmed by too many questionable hits that sound similar to each other.
Standout tracks are the obvious hits. Let’s face it, when you’re buying a Tina Turner greatest hits album, you especially want to hear the songs from her 1984 solo breakthrough, Private Dancer. “What’s Love Got to Do With It” still sounds great. “Better Be Good to Me” and the karaoke classic, “Proud Mary” are also essential songs on the album.
Also included are some duets with the likes of Bryan Adams and David Bowie, soundtrack contributions, live cuts and three new tracks. All the Best opens with the new single, “Open Arms,” which easily could have been a Tina Turner hit in the ‘80s and will definitely find a place on today’s adult-contemporary chart.
Tina Turner has been a part of music history for more than four decades, and even though she may be semi-retired, it doesn’t look like she’ll be leaving us any time soon. Let’s just hope the next Tina Turner greatest hits collection will have less filler and really focus on the greatest.
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