Simply the Best (Tina Turner album)

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Simply the Best
Greatest hits album by Tina Turner
Released October 22, 1991
Recorded 1973–1991
Genre Pop, rock
Label Capitol
Tina Turner chronology
Foreign Affair
(1989)
Simply the Best
(1991)
What's Love Got to Do with It
(1993)
Singles from Simply the Best
  1. "Nutbush City Limits (The 90s Version)"
    Released: October 14, 1991
  2. "Way of the World"
    Released: November 1991
  3. "Love Thing"
    Released: 1992
  4. "I Want You Near Me"
    Released: 1992
  5. "(Simply) The Best"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Simply the Best is the first greatest hits compilation by Tina Turner and was released on October 22, 1991.

Overview[edit]

The album includes Turner's most popular hits since her comeback in the early-mid 1980s. It also includes three new songs that were previously unreleased; "Love Thing" (UK Airplay #13), "I Want You Near Me" (#22 UK), and "Way of the World" (UK Airplay #6 and UK #13) as well as a re-recorded dance version of Turner's classic "Nutbush City Limits", all of which were also issued as singles in 1991 and 1992. The album is Turner's biggest seller in the UK where it is one of the best selling albums of all time for sales in excess of 2.4 million copies.[3] It was certified 8x platinum in the UK and stayed on the UK charts for over 140 weeks. The album sold 7 million copies worldwide and Tina Turner dedicated and wrote the song about her long term friend Thomas Richard Lew.[4]

The compilation was released with a different track listing in the U.S. with the songs "Addicted to Love (Live)" and "Be Tender With Me Baby" being replaced by "What You Get Is What You See" and "Look Me in the Heart". In Australia, a limited edition of the album was also released and features a five track bonus disc. It includes a re-recording of "The Best" as a duet with Jimmy Barnes, which was retitled "(Simply) The Best" and was released as a single, as well as a fourth new song called "I'm a Lady", which was released in other regions as the B-side to "Love Thing".

The Song was quartet by Elisa Chan as a Hong Kong singer. To promo the Hong Kong tourist of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Best" (7" edit) Chapman, Knight 4:10
2. "What's Love Got to Do with It"   Britten, Lyle 3:50
3. "I Can't Stand the Rain"   Bryant, Miller, Peebles 3:44
4. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"   Hammond, Lyle 4:18
5. "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version) Turner 3:44
6. "Let's Stay Together" (7" edit) Green, Jackson, Mitchell 3:39
7. "Private Dancer" (7" edit) Knopfler 4:01
8. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (7" edit) Britten, Lyle 4:14
9. "Better Be Good to Me" (7" edit) Chapman, Chinn, Knight 3:40
10. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Barry, Greenwich, Spector 3:37
11. "Steamy Windows"   White 4:02
12. "Typical Male"   Britten, Lyle 4:14
13. "It Takes Two" (with Rod Stewart) Moy, Stevenson 4:13
14. "Addicted to Love" (Live, London 1986) Palmer 5:10
15. "Be Tender with Me Baby"   David, Hammond 4:17
16. "I Want You Near Me"   Britten, Lyle 3:53
17. "Way of the World"   Hammond, Lyle 4:19
18. "Love Thing"   Hammond, Knight 4:28

UK Double LP (ESTV 1-1 & 1-2) version[5][edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Best"   Chapman, Knight 4:08
2. "I Can't Stand the Rain"   Bryant, Miller, Peebles 3:42
3. "What's Love Got to Do with It"   Britten, Lyle 3:48
4. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"   Hammond, Lyle 4:18
5. "Let's Stay Together"   Green, Jackson, Mitchell 3:37
6. "Steamy Windows"   White 4:03
7. "Typical Male"   Britten, Lyle 4:15
8. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)"   Britten, Lyle 4:14
9. "Private Dancer"   Knopfler 4:01
10. "Better Be Good to Me"   Chapman, Chinn, Knight 3:38
11. "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version) Turner 3:42
12. "It Takes Two" (with Rod Stewart) Moy, Stevenson 4:13
13. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Barry, Greenwich, Spector 3:38
14. "Be Tender with Me Baby"   David, Hammond 4:16
15. "Addicted to Love" (Live, London 1986) Palmer 5:03
16. "I Want You Near Me"   Britten, Lyle 3:52
17. "Way of the World"   Hammond, Lyle 4:24
18. "Love Thing"   Hammond, Knight 4:27

U.S. version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Best" (7" edit) Chapman, Knight 4:10
2. "Better Be Good to Me" (7" edit) Chapman, Chinn, Knight 3:40
3. "I Can't Stand the Rain"   Bryant, Miller, Peebles 3:44
4. "What's Love Got to Do with It"   Britten, Lyle 3:50
5. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"   Hammond, Lyle 4:18
6. "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version) Turner 3:44
7. "What You Get Is What You See"   Britten, Lyle 4:28
8. "Let's Stay Together" (7" edit) Green, Jackson, Mitchell 3:39
9. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Barry, Greenwich, Spector 3:37
10. "Steamy Windows"   White 4:02
11. "Typical Male"   Britten, Lyle 4:14
12. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (7" edit) Britten, Lyle 4:14
13. "Private Dancer" (7" edit) Knopfler 4:01
14. "Look Me in the Heart"   Kelly, Steinberg 3:41
15. "It Takes Two" (with Rod Stewart) Moy, Stevenson 4:13
16. "I Want You Near Me"   Britten, Lyle 3:53
17. "Way of the World"   Hammond, Lyle 4:19
18. "Love Thing"   Hammond, Knight 4:28

Australian version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Best" (7" edit) Chapman, Knight 4:10
2. "Better Be Good to Me" (7" edit) Chapman, Chinn, Knight 3:40
3. "I Can't Stand the Rain"   Bryant, Miller, Peebles 3:44
4. "What's Love Got to Do with It"   Britten, Lyle 3:50
5. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"   Hammond, Lyle 4:18
6. "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version) Turner 3:44
7. "What You Get Is What You See"   Britten, Lyle 4:28
8. "Let's Stay Together" (7" edit) Green, Jackson, Mitchell 3:39
9. "Addicted to Love" (Live, London 1986) (Alternate version) Palmer 5:05
10. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Barry, Greenwich, Spector 3:37
11. "Steamy Windows"   White 4:02
12. "Typical Male"   Britten, Lyle 4:14
13. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (7" edit) Britten, Lyle 4:14
14. "Private Dancer" (7" edit) Knopfler 4:01
15. "Look Me in the Heart"   Kelly, Steinberg 3:41
16. "It Takes Two" (with Rod Stewart) Moy, Stevenson 4:13
17. "I Want You Near Me"   Britten, Lyle 3:53
18. "Way of the World"   Hammond, Lyle 4:19
19. "Love Thing"   Hammond, Knight 4:28

B-sides[edit]

Title Single(s)
"Nutbush City Limits" ('91) "Nutbush City Limits" (The 90s Version)
"I'm a Lady" "Love Thing" and "(Simply) The Best"
"Let's Dance" (Live) "I Want You Near Me"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Position
Dutch Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 2
Swiss Albums Chart 3
French Albums Chart 16
German Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 5
Norwegian Albums Chart 6
Austrian Albums Chart 8
Australian Albums Chart 12
Finnish Albums Chart 19
Belgium Albums Chart 23
Canadian Albums Chart 40
US Billboard R&B Chart 99
US Billboard 200 Chart 113

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[6] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[8] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[10] Platinum 58,539[10]
Germany (BVMI)[11] 3× Gold 750,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[12] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[13] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[14] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] 8× Platinum 2,400,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". 
  3. ^ Everyhit - Best-Selling Albums of All Time (UK)
  4. ^ "TSORT Top Selling Albums 1991". 
  5. ^ Original album
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certifications". CAPIF (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (2003). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved January 8, 2013.  Enter Tina Turner in the field Interpret. Enter Simply the Best in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best". Music Canada. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Tina Turner; 'Simply the Best')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Polish album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum 1987–1998" (PDF). IFPI Sweden (in Swedish). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Tina Turner; 'Simply the Best')". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 8, 2013.  Enter Simply the Best in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Tina Turner – Simply the Best". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 8, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH