Love Thing (1991)

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Single

Love Thing was taken from the greatest hits sampler Simply The Best as the fist single in America and the third one in Europe. It’s a very powerful rock song, which remained unreleased from the Foreign Affair recording session. As a special bonus, the UK single was released with an additional poster cover.

Writer: Holly Knight, Albert Hammond
Producer: Chris Lord-Alge, Tina Turner and Roger Davies
Release: October 1991 (USA) / February 1992 (Europe)
Label: Capitol / EMI
Format: 7“ Vinyl, 12“ Vinyl, 5“ CD, Cassette
Charts: UK: #29 / Germany: #67, Europe: #10 (single), #18 (airplay)

7“ Vinyl (Europe)
  1. Love Thing 4:28
  2. Written by Holly Knight, Albert Hammond / Produced by Chris Lord-Alge, Tina Turner, Roger Davies
  3. Nutbush City Limits (’91) 4:17
  4. Written by Tina Turner / Produced & Remixed by C.J. Mackinthos, Dave Dorrell
7“ Vinyl / Cassingle (UK)
  1. Love Thing 4:28
  2. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24
  3. Written by Terry Britten, Graham Lyle / Produced by Terry Britten, Chris Lord-Alge
Cassingle (USA)
  1. Love Thing 4:28
  2. Foreign Affair 4:28
  3. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Roger Davies, Tony Joe White
12“ Vinyl / CD Single (Europe)
Side A
  1. Love Thing 4:28
Side B
  1. Nutbush City Limits (’91) 4:17
  2. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24
CD Single (Picture) (UK)
  1. Love Thing 4:28
  2. I’m A Lady (Previously Unreleased) 3:24
  3. It’s Only Love (Live Tina & Bryan Adams) 4:15
  4. Written by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance / Produced by Terry Britten
  5. Private Dancer (Live) 5:37
  6. Written by Mark Knopfler / Produced by Terry Britten
CD Single (USA)
  1. Love Thing 4:28
  2. Foreign Affair 4:28
  3. Steamy Windows 4:03
  4. Written by Tony Joe White / Produced by Dan Hartman, Chris Lord-Alge
EMI (Germany)

October last year, the Tina Turner double album (single CD) „Simply The Best“ was released, which includes all hits from Tina Turner since her sensational comeback with „Private Dancer“ in 1984 — together with the associated home video. From „Let's Stay Together,“ the Grammy winning „What's Love Got To Do With It“ and „We Don’t Need Another Hero“ to the hits of her multi-platinum seller „Foreign Affair,“ this is the evidence that Tina truly deserves the title „First Lady Of Rock“. „Simply The Best“ stays for weeks on top of the UK and German charts. Love Thing is after „Way Of The World“ another single, which Tina Turner has exclusively recorded for her hit album.


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Music Video

The music video shows Tina and two female models (one of them Tyra Banks) on a catwalk, posing for a photoshot. At the end, Tina drives away on a motorcycle together with the photographer. The version from the music video is slightly different, because the intro is a little bit longer.

Director: Michael Bay
Producer: Mike Bodnarczuk
Home VideoSimply The Best (DVD)
Time: 4:26

Tina Turner - Love Thing - Music Video
Billboard Review

October 12, 1991

New song featured on upcoming greatest-hits collection, „Simply The Best,“ is a swaggering rocker, replete with crunchy guitars and a muscular rhythm section. Tune and arrangement are a perfect match for Turner’s signature growl. A must for top 40 and album rock formats.

Holly Knight

This was a greatest hits package, and Tina wanted a bonus single to round out the package. I had submitted Love Thing to her for „Foreign Affair“ and she wasn’t sure about the tune, I think she thought it was too racy. I asked her to have a second listen when they were looking for a single for this record, I had cleaned the lyrics up a bit, and Tina decided she loved it after all and recorded it. Not many people have seen the video, but I think she never looked hotter. I remember thinking that she would’ve made a great Cat Woman. She was clad from head to toe in a Leopard skin halter dress by Azzadine Alia. The woman has style.

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