Picks and Pans Review: Tina Turner—the Collected Recordings: Sixties to Nineties

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tina Turner

Tina Turner's career has covered four decades, so it's nearly impossible to capsulize her musical contributions onto only three CDs. Still, it's disappointing to see her raucous early years pared down here and the songs done since her early '80s rebirth given so much emphasis. Not that the later material can be faulted. Cuts like "Private Dancer," "The Best" and "What's Love Got to Do with It" demonstrate Tina's emotional power. But it would have been great to hear a couple more of those raw, gritty Sue sides (Ike & Tina's first label) from the early days or a few more of her Phil Spector collaborations besides the towering (and certainly essential for inclusion) "River Deep—Mountain High." But we do get the unforgettable "Proud Mary," and that's incentive enough to consider adding this set to your Christmas shopping list.(Capitol)

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