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Tina Turner / Private Dancer 30th anniversary deluxe edition

Warner Music will next month reissue Tina Turner‘s 1984 album Private Dancer as a two-CD deluxe edition.

This new (slightly late) 30th anniversary edition comes with a bonus disc of extra tracks which include the British Electric Foundation’s (B.E.F.) Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today). Martyn Ware discussed working with Tina on this track and subsequently on Private Dancer with SDE last year. The B-sides and remixes are also present and correct along with We Don’t Need Another Hero, Turner’s theme song to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

While this anniversary release is a significant improvement on the 1997 reissue (more than doubling the seven bonus tracks found on that single disc remaster) this isn’t a totally comprehensive round-up and there are a fair few tracks missing, such as the seven-inch edits of Private Dancer (the album version is over seven minutes long), Let’s Stay Together, Better Be Good To Me and Help! as well as the instrumental of Ball of Confusion and some live Private Dancer B-sides. And although the Mad Max theme is on here, unlike the other Private Dancer singles, the extended version hasn’t been included and for that matter neither has the twelve-inch instrumental or the seven-inch instrumental.

That’s at least 10 further tracks that could have formed part of this set, although in truth the lack of We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) 12-inch and seven-inch edit of Private Dancer is the biggest loss.

Despite these omissions, this newly remastered two-CD deluxe does just about enough to justify the upgrade and a remastered vinyl LP will also be available (with no bonus tracks).

Private Dancer 30th Anniversary is reissued on 29 June 2015.


2CD Deluxe Edition [2015 remaster]

Vinyl LP reissue [2015 remaster]


** Read the SDE interview with Martyn Ware discussing Private Dancer

 Track listing

CD1. PRIVATE DANCER

  1. I Might Have Been Queen
  2. What’s Love Got To Do With It
  3. Show Some Respect
  4. I Can’t Stand The Rain
  5. Private Dancer
  6. Let’s Stay Together
  7. Better Be Good To Me
  8. Steel Claw
  9. Help!
  10. 1984

CD2. BONUS DISC

  1. Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) (with B.E.F.)
  2. I Wrote A Letter
  3. Rock ‘n Roll Widow
  4. Don’t Rush The Good Things
  5. When I Was Young
  6. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
  7. Tonight (with David Bowie) [Live At The Nec, Birmingham]
  8. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (Live)
  9. What’s Love Got To Do With It (Extended 12” Remix)
  10. Better Be Good To Me (Extended 12” Remix)
  11. I Can’t Stand The Rain (Extended 12” Remix)
  12. Show Some Respect (Extended Mix)
  13. We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
  14. One Of The Living
  15. It’s Only Love (with Bryan Adams)


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80 responses to Tina Turner / Private Dancer 30th anniversary deluxe edition

  1. Ian Harris says:

    I’d be interested to know if the version of Ball Of Confusion is the original mix, I think all CD versions of Music Of Quality And Distinction Volume 1 have had a remixed version.

  2. campion1971 says:

    I’ve never noticed that cat on the album cover before!

  3. Paul English says:

    The 7″ of Private Dancer can be found on Now This Is CD Music (EVA, 1985). Review – https://apopfansdream.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/now-this-is-cd-music-eva-1985/

    The 12″ of We Don’t Need Another Hero is on the first volume of the Dutch Now Dance (EVA, 1986). Review – https://apopfansdream.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/now-dance-eva-1986/

    The 7″ of Let’s Stay Together is on Now That’s What I Call Music 1983. Review – https://apopfansdream.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/now-thats-what-i-call-music-1983-emi-virgin-polygram-1993/

  4. Eric says:

    Rather too many missing edits/mixes for me. We’ve definitely entered the era of only putting the original album on CD1, thus wasting about 30 minutes of space that could have been used for 7″ versions and/or non-album singles.

    I’ll stick with the 1997 reissue.

    • Dean says:

      I for one thank God they now “waste 30 minutes” on disc 1. It’s far better to have the original album left alone on disc 1, and extras on subsequent discs.

      In truth it’s not a waste of space, it’s about the integrity of the album. CD’s are simply for storage, they’re for playback. Extra’s spoil the original vision, imo.

      • Eric says:

        As long as the original running order is left intact, and any alternate mixes/edits are added on, I have no problem with it. It’s when you get things like the Edsel reissues of Blancmange’s albums, or OMD’s recent Junk Culture fiasco – where 7″ remixes or unreleased alt. mixes *replace* the originals – that it no longer becomes a reissue of the original album.

        CDs can be programmed to leave off the remaining mixes after the album is over, or you can just press stop.

      • NeilKelly says:

        You ‘thank God’ they now waste 30 -45 minutes on disc one rather than have single mixes etc remastered lol. How bizarre. You not heard of the stop or pause button? Press one of those then 20 minutes later press play or the pause button again. Integrity (if that’s what it is), kept

  5. Stefano says:

    Hopefully they finally used the full length 12 inch version of ‘Better Be Good To Me’ and not the edited version.

    • Ally says:

      Yes, hopefully! The version included on the 1997 remaster is a 7:03 fade of the 7:42 12″ extended version.

  6. Peter Garmany says:

    No 12″ remix for Thunderdome and One Of The Living is unforgivable. And why on Earth aren’t the 7″ edits tagged on the end of CD1. After so many reissue disappointments, it just beggars belief.

    • Michael says:

      both tracks have nothing to to with the private dancer album and can be found in extended versions on the mad max 3 soundtrack cd

  7. Munloong says:

    Why bother releasing this “deluxe” with so many many important 7″ edits, mixes and instrumental missing? No music videos and live performances? What a 30th anniversary letdown!!! Must we really wait for the 35th anniversary deluxe?

  8. Dav says:

    Does anyone know if Let’s Pretend We’re Married is the Prince song ?

    • Angus says:

      Yes, it is the Prince track. Tina does a great version (it was part of her corporate set before signing for PD) — though the recording does fade before the end of the live performance. I wish they’d licensed her version of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny & Mary” for this — great cover (though it is available with not too much effort).

  9. Galley says:

    I only first noticed the cat two years ago.

  10. Chris says:

    If this is a new remaster, any indication if there will be a high resolution version ?

  11. Friso Pas says:

    Nice try, but no cigar for Warner. The 1997 release had a lot of extra tracks already. Warner could have put those tracks on disc 1, (it fits, obviously), and have more room on disc 2 for the (now) missing tracks.
    Although I think that Thunderdome and One Of The Living are very nice additions, (I love those tracks), at least the superior unedited version of Thunderdome should be on there.
    Paul, is it confirmed that it is the edited single version?
    Nevertheless, fans can still pick up the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack for that version.
    In all, such a iconic classic album warrants a superdeluxe, IMO, and I would gladly fork over my money for that. And let’s hope Break Every Rule gets a deluxe reissue as well, which I like even better.

  12. John says:

    Very disappointing. There are some left over tracks that still have been unreleased from these sessions. No singles versions or remixes of One of the Living (including the unreleased first original version that can be heard in the opening if Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome). No single versions (although they have all been released on CD). If anything at least we are getting Keep Your Hands Off My Baby which has never been on CD.

  13. Daniel says:

    Bad Deluxe Edition.
    A 30th Anniversary Deluxe version should be perfect
    and not 40 minutes space on disc one !
    Enough space to put all the B-sides and all the 7” versions on Disc 1.
    Also all the remixes / versions of “We Don’t Need Another Hero”
    and “One Of The Living” are missing on Disc 2.
    There are no studio demos in the vaults?
    I would like hear a demo of “Private Dancer”…
    This Deluxe Edition is not what I want to purchase
    after all these years.
    Sorry Tina. Try it again in 10 years!

  14. Tim says:

    I do wonder how much, if any involvement these artists have with such anniversary editions! You would think that it would be logical to put out thorough deluxe/anniversary editions whilst their original audience is still around to purchase them. Lets face it, the average present day music fan (ie One Direction…music?…thats not music, now when I were a lad….) fan isnt going to make a bee line to pick this up now, in ten years time or ever. So if your going to re-release, play to your markets strengths…but maybe ASK that market what it is they WOULD like in that deluxe/anniversary edition. Or am I missing something?!

    Dan…I’m not convinced Tina will still be ‘one of the living’ in ten years time!

  15. Daniel says:

    Oh sorry. ;)
    I hope Tina will be still alive in 10 years !!

  16. omar says:

    This is my take on this . Generally Tina Turner fans would want bonus unreleased songs as opposed to edits and remixes. Sure the standard long versions are expected but overall they’d be satisfied with what they already have or are familiar with. Her goal was to appeal to a large global fanbase as opposed to a specialized market. On the other hand artists like Spandau or Duran appealed to a niche crowd and would have all the remixes and rare edits included because that’s what their fans expected.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      There’s some truth in what you say, but on the other hand I’m not sure I buy the argument that adding (for example) the seven-inch mix of Private Dancer – which is the version we all heard on the radio – to this means it’s suddenly a ‘niche’ product or that it would scare off more casual buyers. It’s not very consistent; there’s some live tracks and others missed off, some 12″ mixes and others missing. The only thing they have been consistent about is missing off all the versions of the singles that made us buy the album in the first place. Weird.

  17. noel says:

    The original album went out to Capitol, then why the republication is made at Warner while Capitol is a label Universal!

  18. John says:

    Capitol-EMI was purchased by Warner. Also omitted is the “Nutbush City Limit” live b-side.

  19. claudio says:

    …NOT ENOUGH FOR A QUEEN…

  20. ChristopherM says:

    Having already missed the “30th Anniversary” year, Warner Music has also wasted an opportunity to release this simultaneously with the new Mad Max movie.

    Given the basic album is already in wide circulation (having even been given away free with a newspaper) I’d have expected Warner to raise the profile of this deluxe release by putting a “Mad Max” sticker on the front.

  21. peter says:

    Another one we should not bother begging for an official release: We Don’t Need Another Hero 12” is now on BurningTheGround

  22. Darren says:

    I was looking forward to this. However when you take away what was on the 1997 reissue and look again, it’s a pretty poor effort. It’s fine if you haven’t got this on CD already, but without the hit single versions it’s a real let down. So, it’s another one I’m going to pass on.

  23. Darren says:

    All they have done is moved the 7 bonus tracks from the 1997 reissue on a 2nd disc and added 8 tracks:

    Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today) (with B.E.F.)
    Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
    Tonight (with David Bowie) [Live At The Nec, Birmingham]
    Let’s Pretend We’re Married (Live)
    Show Some Respect (Extended Mix)
    We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
    One Of The Living
    It’s Only Love (with Bryan Adams)

    Those 8 tracks don’t even remotely tempt me to pay out another £15.99

  24. Todd says:

    It might be too late, but if there was one release I’d be willing to fight to get changed it would be this one. It was the first album I ever purchased so holds a dear place in my heart…

    Paul – how close are you to Warners? Could we lobby and get our voices heard like you’ve done in the past?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      This comes out in 6 weeks, so WAY too late for any changes. I have actually helped Warners with something which will be out later this year, so they know how to get hold of me :)

      • Don says:

        PLEEEEASE tell me you’re talking about a-ha! And yes, I know you can’t tell me. But I’m hoping.

  25. SimonP says:

    Why lament the instrumental of Ball Of Confusion? Without TT on it it’s just a BEF track!

  26. baward says:

    I think they should have a sticker on the front cover which says something along the lines of

    ‘ th Anniversary/Special/Commemorative/Ultimate/Collectors (complete & delete as purchaser sees fit) Edition’

    as they seem to miss actually releasing a say 30th edition in the actual 30th year after release. They’ve only had 29 short years to prepare!! :-)

  27. Blaze says:

    They could have at least went with the 2CD/1DVD that other artists were having with their albums. I wouldn’t mind having music videos.

  28. Brian says:

    The track listing is in a different order on mine. Weird.

  29. Simon Gallagher says:

    Don’t need the 7″ version of Private Dancer, the original album version is perfect as it stands and a classic. Will test any proper separates system near flawless production. If you don’t have the full 7 minutes to spare listen to something else.

  30. Darren says:

    @Simon Gallagher. It isn’t a case of not having time to spare. That’s a ridiculous comment. Some people are collectors who like to have all the different variations.

  31. Reed says:

    Since they went out on a limb to include a live version of her duet with Bowie from that era, they should have pursued the rights to her Live Aid performance with Mick Jagger. Would have made for a more interesting release.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Live Aid is simply a ‘no no’ in terms of audio licensing. I can’t think of any music releases that have officially included any Live Aid audio. Video yes, but not audio only.

      • Bert says:

        WRT Live Aid audio being licensed: Prince’s The Hits/The B-Sides contains the audio to the video of “4 The Tears In Your Eyes”. The video was submitted for Live Aid (and broadcast AFAIK), the studio recording was used on the Band Aid album. http://www.princevault.com/index.php/4_The_Tears_In_Your_Eyes

        • Stephen says:

          You’re correct in that “4 The Tears In Your Eyes” was actually broadcast, but it is nonetheless a studio recording. No live recordings from the actual concert have been released as audio only. That was the point that was being made. The rights issues are too complicated, and when Live Aid was being organised they avoided the issue by promising there would be no Live Aid live album, or video. In fact, the original video was all supposed to have been destroyed after broadcast as part of the deal. Only the fact that some of it was not destroyed is what gives us the video we have of it today.

  32. Phil says:

    Correct me if I’m mistaken, but aren’t the 7″ edits of Let’s Stay Together, Better Be Good To Me and Private Dancer all present on the 1991 compilation cd, “Simply The Best”? I’ve never heard the 7″ version of Help so don’t know if it was altered, but I didn’t realise there were alternate single versions of What’s Love Got To Do With It, Show Some Respect and I Can’t Stand The Rain.

  33. Luke says:

    I’ve always mostly loved this album, but they’ve missed an opportunity to cut her hideous cover of Bowie’s 1984 which is a complete atrocity.

  34. Jon says:

    Some 7″ issues use an edit of the remix for “Show Some Respect” which I have that I meticuously remastered. I also have the edit of Help recorded from vinyl. Never heard the single mix of “I Can’t Stand the Rain”. Also missing in addition to these is “Total Control” I song, produced by Carter, during the Private Dancer sessions that was eventually given to the We Are the World compilation.

  35. Jon says:

    Brian: The US and Europe had different tracklistings and (originally) different front pictures.

    • Phil says:

      Thanks for the info Jon. Yes I agree that “Total Control” should have been included, along with “Johnny & Mary” and “Crazy In The Night” from the Summer Lovers Soundtrack album.
      Regarding the version of “Ball Of Confusion” to be included, it would appear to be the remixed version as presented by B.E.F. in 2011. I saw a track-listing the other day (can’t remember which site) that referred to 2015 remastering for most of the tracks, but not “BOC”.
      I also think the live version of “It’s Only Love” should have been included ahead of the studio version – it’s miles better.
      As an aside, does anyone know if the track “He’s Got Something On His Mind Tonight” has ever been issued in any form? This was written for Tina by Eurythmics in 1985 and produced by Dave Stewart. It was proposed as a single release at the time, but nothing seemed to eventuate.

  36. joel says:

    Although personally, I don’t need a bunch of remixes of the same song, as I get bored hearing all the singles over an over …especially the 7″ radio edits…since the radio edits are usually shorter than the original (yes, I’m looking at you Belinda Carlisle)…I would have liked the videos and concert footage that corresponds to the album

  37. Fady says:

    I’m not sure why there’s such a stink about the non-inclusion of all the different versions of We Don’t Need Another Hero. The song (as brilliant as it is) has nothing to do with the Private Dancer album. It only appeared on the Mad Max 3 soundtrack but never a TT album (other than a greatest hits). I would expect that if they ever decided to re-release MM3 soundtrack then maybe all the versions of that song would be included. I guess I’m a bit of a purist and would prefer to see only tracks released from the album (including b-sides, remixes, etc.) on any bonus disc. It just doesn’t make sense otherwise.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      By including it, they’d made the decision that the track was fair game and should sit aside other bonus tracks. Therefore it’s reasonably to expect the extended version since they’d included all the others.

  38. Gary Russell says:

    According to Amazon ‘Ball of Confusion’ is the 2011 master which is (fingers crossed) most likely the 3.50 version (ie the original, that appeared for the first time on CD as part of the BEF Music of Quality and Distinction boxset in 2011) and not the 4.10 remix from the 1991 CD of MoQ&D Vol 1.

  39. Paul Suarez says:

    @Paul Sinclair:

    Given the state of the market, I assume there wasn’t even a conversation with Warner about a DVD-Audio or SA-CD release of this. But what about an audio-only Blu-ray release of at least the original album (bonus track inclusion would be nice as well)? You mentioned to another commenter that it did not look like a high resolution release was in the offing. But I am specifically curious about whether “BD-A” was even discussed. The “older” skewing demos to which this kind of release arguably appeals the most overlaps with the folks who are still buying packaged media and who are interested in high resolution.

  40. Phil says:

    The CDJapan website has updated their listing with the original album cover and advice that the version of “Ball Of Confusion” included is indeed the remix.

  41. Phil says:

    By the way, which version of “BOC” is featured on Tina’s 1994 box-set?

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  43. Gary says:

    Remember. We are talking about Warners here,they are not the best when it comes to reissues now are they.

  44. Pal says:

    This is a serious letdown. It gives no inspiration to a fan to buy this release. A fan already has the 1997 reissue with the bonus tracks and the 3-disc box ‘The Collected Recordings’.
    As a 30th anniversary edition, it is a laugh. For such a great performer, the omition of a dvd disc (with either single video clips or the Private Dancer tour VHS material) is inexcusable.

  45. paul marry me karen b says:

    all i needed was 12 “/extended versions of “private dancer” on cd .
    Album version a.k.a. Full Length Mix (12″) – 7:11
    why is this missing ?

  46. Joseph Hayes says:

    Well this is my #1 album of all time and since I had the remixes on the last release and the Private Dancer EP CD there is nothing new here. Would have loved the US album art as the cover this time and the tracks from Summer Lovers would have been amazing (Johnny and Mary was on box set but I have yet to see the scorching Crazy in the Night anywhere other than vinyl). And I agree this was the perfect time to release Private Dancer Live on dvd FINALLY.

    alas I will buy this along with all my other versions…

  47. Oschmiami says:

    Ok honestly I don’t see why anyone here is at all surprised that these people that work directly on these major labels are not doing their jobs and acknowledging that prople want 7″ versions, 12″ versions, b-sides, and instrumentals. not live versions and crap like that. this has been going on for decades. Only these small reissue labels get it right for the most part. Major labels screw it up every time then they wonder why no one buys them.

  48. Jay1 says:

    Paul – Do you know if the rest of Tina’s catalogue are going to be remastered and expanded – i love Private Dancer – but really want remastered versions of Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair…?

  49. Rob G says:

    “Better Be Good To Me” 12 inch mic is the 7:04 edit. :(

  50. Scottie says:

    I think they should put different coloured pussies on the cover for the CD/Deluxe/Super Deluxe/Uber Deluxe and Vinyl editions so fanatical collectors have to buy all of them, oh hey also what about a black pussy with real fur on it for the Black Cat Uber Deluxe Edition ! LOL

  51. Simon says:

    Amazon UK have this now for £6.99!

  52. william says:

    I wonder if they are gonna remaster or put out deluxe versions of her other works?

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