Tina Turner - Rough
NME.COM feature on Tina Turner - Rough album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 30 March 2010
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- Fruits Of The Night
- The Bitch Is Back
- The Woman I'm Supposed To Be
- Viva La Money
- Funny How Time Slips Away
- Earthquake & Hurricane
- Root, Toot Unndisputable Rock 'N Roller
- Fire Down Below
- Sometimes When We Touch
- A Woman In A Man's World
- Night Time Is The Right Time
The void that'll open when this ageless wonder does hang up her heels is something no gimmick will ever fill...
- Nov 20, 2000
Singer is ill - but shows will be rescheduled
Fans treated to a career-spanning two-hour extravaganza
Album also includes rare recordings and two new tracks
Tina Turner - Rough: Wikipedia Album Entry
Rough is Tina Turner's third solo album, released in 1978 on the EMI Music label in the UK, Ariola Records in West Germany and United Artists in the U.S. This was the first solo album she recorded without Ike Turner. Her first two solo albums Tina Turns the Country On (1974) and Acid Queen (1975) were both recorded while she was still married to Turner and a member of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Rough can therefore be said to be her first proper solo album. The divorce proceedings between the couple finally ended in 1978, the same year as Rough was released, leaving Tina penniless - but with the legal right to use the stage name Tina Turner.
The album was made up of rock songs, instead of the soul and R&B music that she typically performed with the revue. But the album was recorded at the height of the disco era and so shows influences from that genre. The opening track, "Fruits of the Night", for example, was co-written by Giorgio Moroder's longtime collaborator Pete Bellotte. The rock'n'roll number "Fire Down Below", a Bob Seger cover, was later recorded by Bette Midler for the 1979 movie The Rose. The album also includes Turner's first cover version of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back", which she re-recorded in 1991 for the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
Rough and its four singles, "Viva La Money", "Root Toot, Undisputable Rock & Roller", "Sometimes When We Touch" - a cover of Dan Hill's ballad - and "Night Time Is the Right Time", all met with fairly limited commercial success on their release. But, just like the preceding Acid Queen and the follow-up Love Explosion, the album was a clear indication of the direction where Turner wanted to take her solo career, combining rock 'n roll with influences from contemporary pop and dance music.
The album was re-issued on CD by EMI Music in the early 1990s but is currently out of print.
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