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Foreign Affair Tina Turner Album
Foreign Affair
Foreign Affair.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1989
StudioThe Hit Factory, New York, New York
GenrePop rock
Length52:16
LabelCapitol
Producer
Tina Turner chronology
Tina Live in Europe
(1988)
Foreign Affair
(1989)
Simply the Best
(1991)
Singles from Foreign Affair
  1. "The Best"
    Released: September 2, 1989
  2. "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
    Released: November 18, 1989
  3. "Steamy Windows"
    Released: February 17, 1990
  4. "Foreign Affair"
    Released: May 5, 1990
  5. "Look Me in the Heart"
    Released: August 11, 1990
  6. "Be Tender with Me Baby"
    Released: October 13, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Foreign Affair is the seventh solo studio album by Tina Turner, released on Capitol Records in 1989. It was Turner's third album release after her massively successful global comeback five years earlier, and although the album was not a major success in Turner's native United States, it was a huge international success in Europe. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, her first number one album there. The album includes the single "The Best" which has gone on to become one of Turner's best-known songs.

Commercial success

While Foreign Affair didn't perform as well as Turner's previous albums Private Dancer and Break Every Rule in the US, where it failed to crack the Top 30 in the Billboard 200, it was a worldwide hit, selling over 6 million copies.[2] It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one (Turner's first album to do so there) and went on to sell over 1.5 million copies in the UK. The album also reached number one in numerous countries including Germany and Sweden and topped the overall European Chart for 4 weeks.

Single releases

In Europe, six of the album's tracks became hit singles; "The Best" (U.S. No. 15 & UK No. 5), "Steamy Windows" (U.S. No. 39 & UK No. 13), "I Don't Wanna Lose You" (UK No. 8), "Foreign Affair" (Poland No. 7), "Look Me in the Heart" (U.S. AC No. 4 & UK No. 31) and "Be Tender with Me Baby" (UK No. 28).

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Steamy Windows"Tony Joe White4:03
2."The Best"Mike Chapman, Holly Knight5:30
3."You Know Who (Is Doing You Know What)"White3:45
4."Undercover Agent for the Blues"White, Leann White5:20
5."Look Me in the Heart"Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg3:46
6."Be Tender with Me Baby"Albert Hammond, Knight4:18
7."You Can't Stop Me Loving You"Hammond, Knight4:00
8."Ask Me How I Feel"Hammond, Knight4:46
9."Falling Like Rain"David Munday, Sandy Stewart4:03
10."I Don't Wanna Lose You"Hammond, Graham Lyle4:20
11."Not Enough Romance"Dan Hartman4:04
12."Foreign Affair"White4:27

B-sides

Title Single(s)
"Bold and Reckless" "The Best"
"Stronger Than the Wind" "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
"Steel Claw" (Live) "Look Me in the Heart"

Personnel

  • Tina Turner - lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (tracks 3, 7-8, 10)
  • Tony Joe White - guitar (tracks 1, 3-4, 12), harmonica (1, 3), synthesizer (1, 4)
  • Dan Hartman - acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 6, 8, 11), keyboards (2-3, 11), piano (1, 3-4), Hammond organ (1, 4), programming (5, 11), synthesizer (11), background vocals (2, 5)
  • Eddie Martinez - rhythm guitar (tracks 1, 3-4), all guitars (5)
  • Neil Taylor - guitar (track 1)
  • James Ralston - rhythm guitar (tracks 2, 6-8), all guitars (10)
  • Gene Black - rhythm guitar (track 2, 7-8), guitar solos (6-7), All guitars (10)
  • Pat Thrall - guitar (track 2, 8, 11), additional lead guitar (6)
  • Phil Palmer - guitar (track 9)
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar (track 12)
  • Elliot Lewis - strings (track 2, 8), additional keyboards (2, 8), flute (11)
  • Nick Glennie-Smith - strings (track 10, 12), keyboards (10, 12), synthesizer (12)
  • Gary Barnacle - All saxophones (tracks 1, 12), saxophone (10)
  • Edgar Winter - saxophone (track 2)
  • Tim Cappello - saxophone (track 5, 8)
  • Phil Ashley - keyboards (track 2, 7), bass guitar (2), Hammond organ (6), synthesizer (6), strings (6-8), piano (8), flute (8)
  • Philippe Saisse - additional keyboards (tracks 2-3, 6-8), bass guitar (3), flute (5), chimes percussion (7)
  • Casey Young - keyboards (track 10)
  • Jeff Bova - synthesizer (track 3), horn section (1, 4-5), Hammond organ (4), strings (5)
  • Carmine Rojas - bass guitar (tracks 1, 4-5)
  • T. M. Stevens - bass guitar (tracks 2-3, 6-8, 11)
  • Rupert Hine - bass, programming, keyboards, background vocals (track 9)
  • J.T. Lewis - drums (tracks 1, 3-5)
  • Art Wood - drums (tracks 2, 6-8)
  • Geoff Dugmore - drums (track 10)
  • Albert Hammond - percussion, shaker, background vocals (track 10)
  • Danny Cummings - percussion (tracks 3-4), congas (7)
  • Lance Ellington - background vocals (tracks 2-3, 5, 7-8, 11)
  • Tessa Niles - background vocals (tracks 2-3, 5-8, 11)
  • Sandy Stewart - background vocals (track 9)
  • David Munday - background vocals (track 9)
  • Roger Davies - background vocals
  • Graham Lyle - background vocals (track 10)
  • Holly Knight - background vocals (track 10)

Production

  • Dan Hartman - record producer all tracks unless otherwise noted
  • Roger Davies - executive producer, producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You" & "Foreign Affair", arranger "Look Me In the Heart"
  • Tina Turner - executive producer, producer "The Best" & "Ask Me How I Feel", arranger "The Best" and "Ask Me How I Feel"
  • Rupert Hine - producer "Falling Like Rain"
  • Albert Hammond - producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
  • Graham Lyle - producer "I Don't Wanna Lose You"
  • Tony Joe White - producer "Foreign Affair"
  • Chris Lord-Alge - sound mix
  • Andrew Scarth - sound engineer
  • Mike Ging - sound engineer
  • Nick Froome - sound engineer
  • Darren Allison - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Tim Leitner - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Lee Curle - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Paul Logus - sound engineer (assistant)
  • Tom Fritze - sound engineer Hit Factory NYC
  • Overdubs recorded at Ezee Studios (London), Mayfair Studios (Primrose Hill, London), and Swanyard Studios (London)

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[36] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[38] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[39] Platinum 86,895[39]
France (SNEP)[40] 2× Gold 331,900[41]
Germany (BVMI)[42] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Italy (FIMI)[43] 2× Platinum 500,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[44] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[46] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[47] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[48] 4× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Worldwide -- 6,000,000[2]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Steamy Windows" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 13
1989 "Steamy Windows" Billboard Hot 100 39
1989 "The Best" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1989 "The Best" Billboard Hot 100 15
1989 "Look Me in the Heart" Adult Contemporary 4
1989 "Foreign Affair" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 39
1990 "I Don't Wanna Lose You Adult Contemporary 8

European promotional-only single

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "You Can't Stop Me Loving You" Polish music chart 20

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