Foreign Affair is the seventh studio album from Tina Turner and was a huge success in Europe with six hit singles, reaching multi-platinum status in 14 different countries. It was also Tina’s first #1 album in the UK where it topped the charts in it’s first week. It's much more R&B influenced than it's predecessors, with four songs written by Tony Joe White. On some songs, Tina is credited as a co-producer for the first time since she went solo. At her Foreign Affair Tour in 1990, she performed most of the songs live, available on the Do You Want Some Action! home video from 1991. Initially intended only for promotion, a special limited edition passport package was released for retail in November.
For promotion, Capitol Records released a 4-track cassette sampler with selected songs and an additional radio interview in which Tina talks amongst other things about living in Europe, making videos and of course the recording of the album. The interview is divided in 28 cuts with a total duration about 26 minutes, released on a white labeled vinyl record, marked with a promo sticker. Included is also a ten page transcription with all questions and Tina’s answers.
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh / Herb Ritts (center)
Design: Glenn Sakamoto
Release: September 1989
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: Vinyl / CD / Cassette / Digital
Charts: Germany: #1 / UK: #1 / USA: #31 / #1 in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden
Certifications: UK: 5x Platinum / Germany: 3x Gold, 2x Platinum / USA: 1x Gold
Grammy: Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Nomination 1990)