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Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

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Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)
Video: PAL, MPEG-2 at 6 200 Kbps, 720 x 576 at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 2ch. at 192 Kbps, AC-3 5ch. at 448 Kbps, DTS 6ch. at 755 Kbps
Genre: Soul, Rock | Label: Eagle Rock | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 1 Dec 2008 | Runtime: 121 min. | 7,50 GB (DVD9)

One Last Time Live in Concert is a home video documenting one of singer Tina Turner's final Wembley Stadium concert stops on her Twenty Four Seven Tour. The DVD was released nationally in 2001, a year after the tour, which was the highest-grossing tour of 2000, ended. The DVD was certified platinum by the RIAA and in the UK.
Farewell tours are a risky enterprise – just ask the Who. They announced their retirement from the stage back in 1982. Since then, they’ve staged outings in 1989, 1996-97, 2000, and again in the summer of 2002. That’s more tours than we’ve gotten from either Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones in the same span, two acts that never announced their retirement!
Add Tina Turner to the list of those who’ve indicated the end of their touring days. When she announced her 2000 “Twenty Four Seven” trek – named after her then-current album – Tina related that this massive excursion would be her final large-scale tour. I think this allows for additional performing in the future. I don’t believe Tina ever said she’d not play any further shows; she just plans to cease any form of huge world tour.
It remains to be seen if Tina will actually keep her word. Not that anyone will hold it against her if she reneges. As documented on One Last Time Live In Concert, a DVD that shows one of her final shows, Tina continues to display a terrific level of energy that makes her a marvel; if she wants to continue to rock into her AARP days, no one should resist that.
Filmed during a 2000 concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, One Last Time includes an entire Tina show from the era. As befits this kind of occasion, Tina plays tunes from throughout her career. From Twenty Four Seven, we find four tracks: the title tune as well as “Absolutely Nothing’s Changed”, “When the Heartache Is Over”, and “Whatever You Need”. We also get a mix of numbers from her solo years. Not surprisingly, 1984’s comeback smash Private Dancer provides the most material, as it gives us five songs: “Private Dancer”, “What’s Love Go to Do With It”, “Let’s Stay Together”, “Better Be Good to Me” and “Help!” We also discover “We Don’t Need Another Hero” from the 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack plus “The Best” off of 1989’s Foreign Affair.
Tina sprays the set with a roster of oldies, both her own and others. From the Ike and Tina archives, we hear 1960’s “A Fool In Love”, 1966’s “River Deep, Mountain High”, and 1973’s “Nutbush City Limits”. In addition, we find covers of “I Want to Take You Higher” (released by Ike and Tina in 1970), “Proud Mary” (1971), and “Acid Queen” (from the soundtrack of 1975’s Tommy) as well as some numbers that I couldn’t figure out if Tina ever formally recorded in the studio or not: Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Live”. Lastly, we also get Prince’s “Baby I’m a Star”, but it’s covered by back-up singers Lisa Fisher and Stacey Campbell while Tina changes outfits. For the most part, I felt the set included a nice variety of material. The appearance of the Twenty Four Seven kept the show from becoming nothing more than a total oldies act, but she clearly knew what the audience wanted and she gave it to them. Since a lot of her more recent work has been pretty dull, that’s a good thing. I respect artists who attempt to keep their shows lively, but the songs need to support their appearance. The tour documented on Live In Amsterdam – Wildest Dreams Tour didn’t live up to that part of the equation, and the show suffered accordingly when Tina did the new stuff.
None of the Twenty Four Seven songs seemed tremendously memorable, but they came across more strongly than the Wildest Dreams efforts did. At least on this tour, Tina had the good sense to go out on top. Whereas Amsterdam ended on a somnambulant note, “Twenty Four Seven” closed this concert with a bang that better suited Tina’s fiery personality.
Otherwise, the format of the concert resembled Amsterdam, though it didn’t simply duplicate it. As with the earlier show, Tina relied a lot on her backup dancers; they provided a lot of the on-stage action. I’m still not wild about that concept – I didn’t pay to watch these no-name chicks – but I can understand if Tina needed some young blood to give her the occasional breather. At least these performers seemed more talented and less intrusive.
From what I could tell, Tina used a largely different band for this tour. Amsterdam included a lot of folks who’d been with her for years, such as muscle-bound multi-instrumentalist Timmy Capello. Beefcake’s nowhere to be seen here, and I didn’t miss him or the others. Tina never really interacted all that much with the guys, and while this new band seemed somewhat generic, they offered a bit more energy, perhaps because they weren’t as tired of the same old tunes. I still felt that Tina should have gotten a rougher, less polished band who could push her more. Paul McCartney did that for his 2002 tour, and the results were quite good. Tina tended to fall back on excessively smooth pros who possessed little spark. Yeah, these folks topped the old ones, but it’s still only a small improvement. As for Tina herself, it seemed clear that she decided to quit out of desire, not necessity. She remained in excellent voice and displayed a highly active presence. Remarkably, I actually thought Tina appeared perkier here than in Amsterdam four years earlier. She put on a solid performance that nicely represented her skills.
For the video presentation of the concert, we found a good but unexceptional staging. Don’t expect The Last Waltz, as no one will ever confuse David Mallet’s direction for a masterpiece. Instead, he offered acceptable but workmanlike representation of the material. Happily, the video offered a better balance of elements than did Amsterdam; also directed by Mallet, the latter concentrated too highly on the dancers and Capello and appeared bland. One Last Time did nothing inventive or original, but it captured the essence of the performance to a reasonably positive degree.
Tina Turner isn’t one of my favorite singers, and One Last Time isn’t one of my favorite concert videos. However, I felt pleased with the package. The DVD shows Tina in both good voice and spirits and it adequately replicated her live performance.

Tracklist:
01. I Want To Take You Higher [4:07]
02. Absolutely Nothing's Changed [3:57]
03. Fool In Love [2:17]
04. Acid Queen [1:31]
05. River Deep Mountain High [4:08]
06. We Don't Need Another Hero [4:54]
07. Better Be Good To Me [7:52]
08. Private Dancer [7:39]
09. Let's Stay Together [5:18]
10. What's Love Got To Do With It [9:00]
11. When The Heartache Is Over [4:20]
12. Baby I'm A Star [4:17]
13. Help [6:30]
14. Whatever You Need [4:41]
15. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay [:11]
16. Try A Little Tenderness [1:47]
17. I Heard It Through The Grapevine [5:04]
18. Addicted To Love [5:00]
19. Simply The Best [5:30]
20. Proud Mary [10:04]
21. Nutbush City Limits [9:24]
22. Twenty Four Seven [6:59]

Extra:
- Backstage With Tina


Features:
- Direct Scene Access
- Interactive Menu

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

Tina Turner - One Last Time Live In Concert (2008)

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