TINA TURNER "(SIMPLY) THE BEST"
By Mark Nobes
Released in September 1989, this anthemic track was produced by the legendary Dan Hartman and Tina herself, and reached #5 on the official UK singles chart (achieving a platinum sales certificate) and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was released as the lead single from Tina Turner's highly successful Foreign Affair album.
The original title of the song was "The Best", but the "Simply" part was added in brackets to later releases of the song (including on compilation albums), as many people mistakenly refer to the song by the chorus phrase "Simply The Best".
The track was written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman for Bonnie Tyler, who released it as a single in 1988, although it would only reach #95 in the UK. It featured on her album Hide Your Love. Many extra parts were added to Tina's cover version, including an extra bridge, a key change, and a splendid sax solo by Edgar Winter.
Other UK Top Ten hits from the Foreign Affair album were "I Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Steamy Windows".
Tina Turner's long musical career spans five decades. Apart from her numerous singles and albums with her husband, Ike, in the 60s (they divorced in the mid 70s), as a solo artist she released 9 studio albums, 68 singles, 5 compilation albums, 17 video albums, 45 music videos and 2 soundtracks.
These are the two postcards included with limited edition releases of "The Best".
UK 7 Inch Vinyl - Capitol Records CL 543
A. "The Best" - 4:07
B. "Undercover Agent For The Blues" - 5:20
UK 12 Inch Vinyl - Capitol Records 12CL 543
A. "The Best" -5:28
B1. "Undercover Agent For The Blues" - 5:20
B2. "Bold and Reckless" - 3:30