Album

Tina Turns The Country On (1974)

Tina Turner - Tina Turns The Country On - Album

Tina Turns The Country On is Tina’s very first solo album while she was still married with Ike and a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, recorded at Bolic Sound studios in June, 1974. All songs are cover versions from different artists. Tina recorded twenty songs for this album, but only a selection of ten made it to this album. The remaining tracks were released for the first time on the album Good Hearted Woman in 1979. The only song Tina performed live in her concerts was „Help Me Make It Through The Night,“ available on the Wild Lady Of Rock home video from 1979. The track „Bayou Song“ was also performed live from Ike & Tina at the tv show „Midnight Special“ in 1975 for promotion. Tina Turns The Country On didn’t charted, but was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975. Unfortunately, it's still waiting for a release on compact disc.

Producer: Tom Thacker
Photographer: David Alexander
Design: Bob Cato
Release: August 1974
Label: United Artists
Format: Vinyl / Cartridge / Cassette
Grammy: Nomination 1975 (Best R&B Vocal Performance Female)

Tracklist
Side A
  1. Bayou Song 3:28
  2. Written by P.J. Morse
  3. Help Me Make It Through The Night 2:55
  4. Written by K. Kristofferson
  5. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You 3:00
  6. Written by B. Dylan
  7. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 3:05
  8. Written by J. Rostill
  9. He Belongs To Me 4:07
  10. Written by B. Dylan
Side B
  1. Don’t Talk Now 3:04
  2. Written by J. Taylor
  3. Long Long Time 4:55
  4. Written by G. White
  5. I’m Moving On 2:40
  6. Written by H. Snow
  7. There’ll Always Be Music 4:17
  8. Written by D. Parton
  9. The Love That Lights Our Way 3:15
  10. Written by F. Karlin
Billboard Review

September 14, 1974

Fine mix of country, folky and soft rock tunes done in Tina's inimitable style. On this effort she flexes her voice from it’s softest to it’s usual rough tone and molds it perfectly around each cut. Drawing from a wide range of composers from Dylan to Dolly Parton to Kris Kristofferson to Hank Snow. Ms. Turner should gain easy soul and pop play and possibly some country play. Surprisingly effective are the slow cuts, and Tina proves just as adept an interpreter of other's material as she is a singer of original songs.

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CashBox Review

September 14, 1974

The dynamic and incomparable Tina Turner has been a constant turn on since she first sang as a little girl in church, but the major thrust of her commercial success has always been linked to her amazing capacity to deliver "the word" as it has actually been spoken. Here, on her new UA album, Tina continues to be the performer that has turned on countless thousands as she sings such songs as „If You Love Me Let Me Know,“ „Help Me Make lt Through The Night,“ „He Belongs To Me“ and „l'm Movin’ On“.


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