Acid Queen

by: Tina Turner

With its title taken from Tina Turner's role in Ken Russell's film version of the Who's classic Tommy, the singer's second solo album is a fiery workout of hard-rocking covers that, given the songs' predictability, should have been a forgettable exercise. But, of course, Turner is anything but predictable, and Acid Queen is thus an immensely enjoyable affair from start to finish. Her version of Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" takes the dynamics of the original and turns them upside down to deliver an affair that is on par with some of Isaac Hayes' finest moments. There are also a few originals, including the last big hit ("Baby Get It On") she recorded with her husband, Ike. Not only did Acid Queen prove that Tina was the force to be reckoned with in the duo, it also foreshadowed the brilliant second phase of her career that lay ahead. ~ Rob Theakston

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