On Silent Wings is a country-flavoured song, taken from the album Wildest Dreams. Written by Tony Joe White and Tina’s guitarist James Ralston and remixed by the New York production duo Soul Solution, it was the second single in Europe and the third one in America, including guest vocals from Sting. Tina promoted the song at several tv shows and used it as the encore at her Wildest Dreams Tour. A live version is available on the Live In Amsterdam home video from 1997 and the When The Heartache Is Over single from 1999.
Writer: Tony Joe White, James Ralston
Producer: Trevor Horn
Photographer: Tony McGee
Art Direction & Design: Jeremy Plump @ Sonicon
Release: May 1996 (Europe) / May 1997 (USA)
Label: Parlophone (Europe) / Virgin (USA)
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl / 5“ CD / Cassette
Charts: UK: #13 / Europe: #45 (single), #6 (airplay) / Germany: #55 / USA: #47 (club play)
April 19, 1997
On the eve of La Tina’s first stateside concert tour in eons, Virgin plucks one of the strongest and more radio-friendly tunes from the diva’s gorgeous (and sadly underappreciated) current disc „Wildest Dreams“. Her worldly perspective adds depth to the lyrics of this melancholy rock ballad, which also shows producer Trevor Horn tempering his signature melodramatic keyboard sound with subtle acoustic strumming that never distracts the ear from Turner. Additional programming incentive comes from a laid-back cameo by Sting, though this lovely single would merit the ardent attention of pop, triple-A, and even mainstream rock radio without such stunt casting.