Simply the Best [CD & DVD]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Simply the Best is surrounded by some of the best situations a compilation can hope for. Tina Turner's work for Capitol past Private Dancer was spotty, she made a bunch of appearances on soundtracks and other artists' albums, and most of the tracks on Private Dancer are good enough to own twice. Almost half of Private Dancer shows up on Simply the Best, but you don't have to endure the way the original album spiraled down into slick fizzle. Instead you have to endure a misguided, pumped-up house remix of "Nutbush City Limits," but that's it. Everything else here is either top-notch or campy, certifiable fun. A duet with Rod Stewart on "It Takes Two" supplies the fun ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Simply the Best is surrounded by some of the best situations a compilation can hope for. Tina Turner's work for Capitol past Private Dancer was spotty, she made a bunch of appearances on soundtracks and other artists' albums, and most of the tracks on Private Dancer are good enough to own twice. Almost half of Private Dancer shows up on Simply the Best, but you don't have to endure the way the original album spiraled down into slick fizzle. Instead you have to endure a misguided, pumped-up house remix of "Nutbush City Limits," but that's it. Everything else here is either top-notch or campy, certifiable fun. A duet with Rod Stewart on "It Takes Two" supplies the fun along with the new track, "I Want You Near Me" Turner to lover: "You're so good with your hands/To help me with a hook or zip". The two other new tracks tacked to the end beat out most of the album cuts the collection passes on, plus you get the bombastic "We Don't Need Another Hero Thunderdome" without having to buy a dull soundtrack. The oldest cut by years is the monolithic "River Deep-Mountain High," which is a bona fide classic but sonically out of place here. Reprogram the disc to play it at the beginning or end, skip the new "Nutbush" completely, and you've got sparkling, nearly perfect overview of Turner's postcomeback career. [In 2003 Capitol reissued the original release and added the Simply the Best DVD collection of videos and live footage.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359043302
  • Catalog Number: 90433

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tina Turner Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Jeff Beck Electric Guitar
Phil Collins Drums
Dan Hartman Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Frank Capp Percussion
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Greg Mathieson Synthesizer Bass
Jeff Golub Guitar
Ray Russell Guitar
Lance Ellington Background Vocals
Bernard Edwards Bass
Albert Hammond Background Vocals, Shaker
Rupert Hine Bass, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
John Illsley Bass
Holly Knight Background Vocals
Tony Joe White Guitar, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Synthesizer Bass
Phillip Ashley Keyboards
Gary Barnacle Saxophone
Harold Battiste Jr. Piano
Gene Black Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
James E. Bond Upright Bass
Jeff Bova Horn Section
Terry Britten Bass, Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Graham Broad Percussion, Drums
Jack Bruno Drums
Tim Cappello Organ, Saxophone, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Roy Caton Trumpet
Alan Clark Keyboards
Mel Collins Saxophone
Richard Cottie Keyboards
Cy Curnin Background Vocals
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Gene Estes Percussion
Nick Glennie-Smith Strings, Keyboards
Glenn Gregory Background Vocals
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Graham Jarvis Drums
Carol Kaye Electric Bass
Chuck Kentis Keyboards
Larry Knechtel Piano
Elliot Lewis Strings
J.T. Lewis Drums
Hal Lindes Guitar
Billy Livsey Keyboards
Graham Lyle Mandolin, Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Trevor Morais Drums
Charlie Morgan Percussion, Drums
Simon Morton Percussion
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Earl Palmer Drums, Bandleader
Phil Palmer Guitar
Donald Peake Guitar
Nick Plytas Synthesizer, Piano
James Ralston Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Carmine Rojas Bass
Philippe Saisse Flute
T.M. Stevens Bass
John Thirkell Trumpet
Pat Thrall Electric Guitar
Greg Walsh fairlight
Martyn Ware Background Vocals
Jamie West-Oram Guitar
Terry Williams Drums, Saxophone
Art Wood Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Casey Young Keyboards
Frank Riccotti Percussion
Jimmy Roberts Saxophone
James R. Horn Saxophone
Ollie Marland Keyboards
Bob Feit Bass
Kenny Moore Piano
Steve Hamilton Horn
Rave Calmer Drums
Steve Sedelnick Percussion
James Gordon Drums
Neil Taylor Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Dan Hartman Producer, Percussion Programming
Rod Stewart Producer
Tina Turner Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Albert Hammond Composer, Producer
Rupert Hine Programming, Producer
Holly Knight Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Don Bryant Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer, Equalizing
Chris Lord-Alge Producer, Engineer
Phillip Ashley Bass Programming
Gary Barnacle Saxophone Arrangement
Jeff Barry Composer
Jeff Bova String Section
Terry Britten Composer, Programming, Producer
Donald Bryant Composer
Nicky Chinn Composer
Roger Davies Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Melvin Davis Composer
Humberto Gatica Remixing
Robin Hancock Engineer
John Hudson Engineer
Mark Knopfler Composer
Larry Levine Engineer
Graham Lyle Composer, Producer
C.J. Mackintosh Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Bernard Miller Composer
Ann Peebles Composer
Walter Samuel Engineer
Billy Steinberg Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Wally Traugott Mastering
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Greg Walsh Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Martyn Ware Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Art Wood Programming
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Sylvia Moy Composer
Mike Chapman Composer
John Ewing Jr. Contributor
Dave Dorrell Producer
Mike Ging Engineer
Robert Gerstlauer Contributor
Davide Riva Composer
Mark Chapman Composer
A. Gordon Composer
Neil Taylor Contributor
Alfredo Larry Pignagnoli Composer
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