Music Review for the impatient: New releases by female artists in the Rock genre

Queen of Rock and Roll, released 24 Nov 2023 on iTunes.

The musical female artist Anna Mae Bullock, known to her fans as Tina Turner (1939-2023) began her career singing soul and R&B with husband Ike Turner back in the 1960s. They divorced in 1978, and she had a major comeback in the 1980s. She had scored hits in the top-40 in every decade since the 1960s, and according to the Guiness Book of World Records, was the first to do so. 17 of those hits were since the 1980s, when she went solo. She has had many awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Queen of Rock and Roll is mostly a compilation of her own hits, released earlier today. It opens with the Led Zeppelin hit Whole Lotta Love, done to her own styling, remastered from 1994. There are many other covers, such as Robert Palmer’s  Addicted to Love, Dan Hill’s Sometimes When We Touch, Marvin Gaye’s It Takes Two, John Fogerty’s Proud Mary, and The Trammps’ Disco Inferno. But most of the 55 tracks are either remastered hits or notable songs, on the equivalent of 3 CDs. I initially thought Queen of Rock and Roll was in answer to Dolly Parton’s similarly voluminous Rockstar released a few days ago, but without the need for so many covers. It appears that this CD collection is mostly Tina’s own material.

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