Personnel: Tina Turner (vocals); Ike Turner (vocals, various instruments); David Bowie, Eros Ramazzotti (vocals); Estelle (rap vocals).
In listening to Tina Turner's 2005 two-disc retrospective, ALL THE BEST, the term "pop legend" almost seems like an understatement. A huge swath of Turner's underrated 1990s work is included here, with overlooked gems (the harmony-soaked "I Don't Wanna Fight," the breezy "Whatever You Need") presented alongside many timeless Turner standards ("Private Dancer," "What's Love Got to Do with It").
Of course, the powerhouse singer's knack for interpreting songs and picking duet partners is equally represented. Turner tears up Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" in a live setting, runs through a killer reading of Al Green's seminal "Let's Stay Together," and pours herself into Ann Peebles's classic "I Can't Stand the Rain." As for singing partners, Turner rocks out with Bryan Adams on the sizzling "It's Only Love," goes bilingual with Italy's Eros Ramazzotti on the soulful nugget "Cose Della Vita," and teams with British rapper Estelle on 2004's vibrant "Open Arms." Most intriguing is her pairing with David Bowie, which finds the duo in a Jamaican frame of mind for Iggy Pop's "Tonight." Throughout this 33-track collection, Turner is dynamic and energetic, reinforcing her remarkably stellar reputation.