Picks and Pans Review: Private Dancer

updated 07/02/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/02/1984 01:00AM

Tina Turner

Usually, listening to Tina Turner sing without being able to see her is a little like trying to visit Niagara Falls by telephone: You can hear all right, but you'd sure like to see what's going on. This album, though, stands on its own wonderfully. It includes plenty of Turner's throaty, explosive rock 'n' soul, such as I Might Have Been Queen and Show Some Respect. But there is also a varied mix of notably intelligent pop tunes, from Paul Brady's Steel Claw and David Bowie's 1984 to Private Dancer, a subtle, modulated extravaganza written by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, and the torchy I Can't Stand the Rain. Four of the five members of Dire Straits (Knopfler excepted) play backup on Private Dancer and Steel Claw, and they are augmented by guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck. Saxophonists Mel Collins and Gary Barnacle are also among the splendid supporting cast. This album should satisfy anyone who has ever doubted that Turner is a terrific singer as well as a peerless live performer. (Capitol)

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