Rough (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1978
StudioConway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
ProducerBob Monaco
Tina Turner chronology
Acid Queen
Love Explosion
Singles from Rough
  1. "Viva La Money"
    Released: 1978
  2. "Root, Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller"
    Released: 1979
  3. "Sometimes When We Touch"
    Released: 1979
  4. "Fruits of the Night"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Rough is Tina Turner's third solo studio album, released in September 1978 on the EMI label in the UK, Ariola Records in West Germany, and United Artists Records in the United States. This is Turner's first solo album released after her divorce from husband Ike Turner in 1978. Her first two solo albums, Tina Turns the Country On! (1974) and Acid Queen (1975), were released while she was still a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Although Rough received positive critical reception, it was not a commercial success.


Rough is made up of mostly blues and disco cover songs with a rock influence.[1] Just like the preceding Acid Queen, the album was an indication that Turner wanted to take her music into a rock-oriented direction.

The opening track, "Fruits of the Night," was co-written by Giorgio Moroder's longtime collaborator Pete Bellotte. Turner recorded a cover of Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below." The album also includes Turner's first cover version of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back," which she re-recorded in 1991 for the tribute album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin.

"Viva La Money" was the only single released in the United States.[2] Three additional singles were released in Europe: "Root Toot, Undisputable Rock & Roller," "Sometimes When We Touch," and "Fruits of the Night." None of the singles had chart success.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard reviewed the album as an "adventurous variety of old and new material," adding that Turner's "delivery has lost none of its snap and crackle."[3]

Cash Box wrote that "she rocks rough and randy enough to make her pop and soul competitors quiver in their lizard skin tennis shoes. Turner mixes the intensity of the gospel choir with the promised pleasures of the turned-down bed to great effect."[4]

Record World noted, "Turner's sassy vocals are always something to behold and her newest lp is certainly no exception."[5]


The album was re-issued on CD by EMI in the early 1990s but is currently out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Fruits of the Night"Pete Bellotte, Edo Zanki, Vilko Zanki4:05
2."The Bitch Is Back"Elton John, Bernie Taupin3:30
3."The Woman I'm Supposed to Be"Cliff Wade3:10
4."Viva La Money"Allen Toussaint3:14
5."Funny How Time Slips Away"Willie Nelson4:08
6."Earthquake & Hurricane"Willie Dixon2:30
Side two
7."Root, Toot Undisputable Rock 'n' Roller"Gary Jackson4:29
8."Fire Down Below"Bob Seger3:13
9."Sometimes When We Touch"Dan Hill, Barry Mann3:54
10."A Woman in a Man's World"Hal David, Archie Jordan2:41
11."Night Time Is the Right Time"Leroy Carr6:21


  • Rick Kellis – horn, saxophone, strings, horn arrangements
  • Ken Moore – piano, background vocals
  • Airto Moreira – percussion
  • Dennis Belfield – bass guitar
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer
  • Peter Bunetta, Ed Greene – drums
  • Al Ciner – acoustic guitar
  • Denise Echols – background vocals
  • Venetta Fields – background vocals
  • Billy Haynes – bass guitar
  • Maxayn Lewis – background vocals
  • Deborah Lindsey – background vocals
  • Lenny Macaluso – electric guitar
  • Bill Oz – harmonica
  • Mary Russell – background vocals
  • Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
  • Stephanie Spruill – background vocals
  • Michael Stephenson – background vocals
  • Ron Stockert – synthesizer, clavinet
  • Marsha Thacker – background vocals
  • Tony Walthers – background vocals
  • Jeff "Dino" Deane, Dennis Farias – horn
  • William "Smitty" Smith – Hammond organ
  • The L.A. Horns – horns
  • The Gerald Lee String Company – strings
  • Jill Harris – assistant producer
  • Claude Mougin – photography


  1. ^ a b "Rough - Tina Turner - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  2. ^ "Singles To Watch" (PDF). Cash Box: 17. December 2, 1978.
  3. ^ "Top Album Picks: Billboard's Recommended LPs" (PDF). Billboard: 82. October 7, 1978.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews" (PDF). Billboard: 20. October 7, 1978.
  5. ^ "Record World Album Picks" (PDF). Record World: 20. October 21, 1978.