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1996 – Tina Turner : Even in your Wildest Dreams

1996 saw the release of Tina Turner's ninth studio album containing "Even in your wildest dreams", a song well received worldwide and featured on the "Wildest Dreams Tour".

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.

Introduction. – To say that Tina Turner was an inspiration seems redundant. Many people already said that in the past, and so many more will say it in the future. Yet, I can't find another word right now, so I'll stick to it. As the world is crying the loss of an unparalleled artist, I wanted to pay her a small tribute here, this Blog being a perfect place to do it since Tina was featured several times during "Balearic Breakfast".

Two sides of a different story. – "Even in your wildest dreams" was featured on the 118th episode of Balearic Breakfast. As Colleen briefly explained, the song was featured on Tina's ninth studio album "Wildest Dreams" (issued on October 25th 1996) and had two different versions. While the original European album version features spoken vocals by actor Antonio Banderas (near the end of the track, following the musical bridge), the US single version (also found on the album issued there) was a duet with Barry White, which Turner re-recorded for the occasion, both versions thus having a different vibe as Larry Flick from Billboard noted back then: "the duet pits her feline purr against White's seductive growl on top of a slow and shuffling funk groove", Antonio Bandera's version being "actually a bit sexier, riddled with ear-grabbing electro-pop riffs. Check out both versions and pick your fave."

Let's play the game and listen to both versions here :

Analysis/stories about the song. – Even though the song failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, it was very well received in Flanders, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom (where it entered the top 40), even reaching number two in Austria.

Produced by the famous Trevor Horn (he founded "The Buggles" with Geoff Downes, also working on Iconic Albums like Franky Goes to Hollywood's "Welcome to the Pleasuredome", among numerous great other musical projects), the song was initially composed by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight (they both wrote the song "The best" which was originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler, the latter saying “I recorded Simply the Best two years before Tina Turner and she had a hit with it all over the world, but she only gave me confidence back about my choice in material, and I have to be honest, she did it much better than I did.”).

In an interview she gave to Songfacts (which I encourage you to read, it's excellent), Holly Knight explained, "When we gave her the demo we (her and Mike, ed.) were completely talking. It was narrative on the verses because we thought that would be kind of sexy, and then she breaks into the melodies on the chorus. But she did it as a duet with Barry White, and Barry White had a very, very low voice. When he spoke it was like the floor rumbled. So, he did some of the talking parts with her, and she also did another version with Antonio Banderas where he was doing this sexy Latin talking."

Issued on numerous physical formats, and being the seventh and final single released from the album, the song has been included in Tina Turner's then-forthcoming "Wildest Dreams" worldwide tour... This ultimately Balearic Version of the song is the image we all want to keep in our souls for the rest of our lives...

Rest in Peace Tina, we will deeply miss you.


Artur, on Instagram, 25/05/2023 :

I questioned who I was before "Balearic Breakfast", I always tried to understand who I was. But, somehow, a new path started revealing itself to me when a few months ago I started thinking about what "Love Saves the Day" really meant. What's that "love" we all talk about ? Then, your sentence hit me one evening "And remember, just be Balearic", this is when I felt I had to offer more and share my so much imperfect ideas about the philosophy that was lying behind what you offered and what everyone here offered to me. Of Course, David's Spirit is all in here... Absolutely... With Tina's passing, I just read this, and it brought, once again, tears to my eyes, I'm not sad, it's just that dots are putting themselves together, and the joy it brings is just overwhelming: "My life has been full, but with lots of sad times that I now forgive and strive to forget. Maybe that’s the answer: to keep moving forward, to let go, and aim to fill your life with love. That is where I am now and I am grateful. - Tina Turner"

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