Tina Turner has enjoyed a musical career spanning an astonishing five decades, and with All the Best, she serves up a 33-song reminder of why she has not just endured, but excelled.
The two-disc set is a ride through Turner's roller-coaster career that began with then-husband Ike Turner and included an amazing comeback in the 1980s. All the Best revisits every era of Turner's career and includes three previously unreleased tracks, opening with "Open Arms." It's easy To mistake this slick, poppy new track for some of Turner's best work from her '80s heyday. The song is upbeat and warm as Tina sings about always being there for someone when they need her; it's more about friendship than romantic love and it's a message that she delivers with inviting sincerity.
Reaching back into her days as half of a successful duo, the first disc presents "Nutbush City Limits" and "River Deep Mountain High." This collection touches on her collaboration with her former husband rather than dwelling on it, and the inclusion of "River Deep Mountain High" is interesting in that it came from one of the duo's least successful albums. The song, about undying and ever-deepening love, marked Ike and Tina's only partnership with producer Phil Spector, and her powerful vocals are all but lost in his legendary Wall of Sound.
One of the biggest hits for Ike and Tina Turner was their killer cover of John Fogerty's "Proud Mary," and on this collection she has chosen To include the version from the 1993 autobiographical movie, What's Love Got To Do With It?, rather than the original Ike and Tina rendition. The force of her vocals shines through on this song that now seems as autobiographical as anything she has ever done.
Another new track, "Complicated Disaster," stands out as one of the collection's best. It's a song about cheating and broken hearts, but there's no feeling sorry for oneself as she angrily confronts her man. The song is a beautifully written and moving look at the shattering effects of an affair and shows there's no easy way To end things and certainly no simple way To clean up the mess that remains.
Turner presents a number of pleasant surprises on this collection, including covers of "Missing You" and "Addicted To Love." All the Best includes duets with David Bowie, Bryan Adams and even Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti. Songs like "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "What's Love Got To Do With It" provide a firm reminder of why she became a staple of MTV's playlist two decades ago.
She closes this two-volume set, fittingly enough, with "Something Beautiful Remains." The Spanish-flavored ballad is a reminder that even though something doesn't last forever, it still has some lasting value. As one looks at how Turner's career has changed and evolved through the years, this song seems To capture that essence.