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Disc One, entitled “Retrospective”, is all about the greatest hits.
But on Disc Two, subtitled “Reimagine”, Tina herself barely appears.
“I love the sincerity of it.” Rounding out “Reimagine”, Ben Abraham and Ainslie Wills, another pair of emerging talents from Tina’s hometown of Melbourne, collaborate here for the first time to produce a spine-tingling duet rendition of “Wasn’t It Good” off “Don’t Ask”. And looking back, Tina couldn’t be prouder of everything she’s survived and achieved thus far.
“I’ve always been my harshest critic, that will never change,” says Tina.
In fact, every album in her career has gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum.
Her 1994 album “Don’t Ask” remains one of the highest selling Australian albums of all time, currently certified 14 X platinum.
But consider this: Tina Arena is the only Australian artist to earn a gold or platinum certification for original album releases, in every decade since the 1970s right through to now.Add to this her unprecedented success in France – she’s sold 5 million albums there alone.Tina’s journey is, of course, the stuff of Oz music folklore, dating right back to mid-’70s when all of Australia knew her simply as “Tiny Tina”, arguably the most popular singer in the country … Tina’s debut studio recording, 1977’s Tiny Tina & Little John (co-starring John Bowles, her 12-year-old cohort from the legendary variety TV show Young Talent Time) had Tiny Tina belting out pitch-perfect covers of chart hits of the time such as ABBA’s “Ring Ring” and “When I Kissed The Teacher”.“We go back over 40 years and it just made total sense to me that she would be a part of this project,” says Tina. And I think she’s done a stunning job of “Sorrento Moon”, which was always a much-loved song in the Minogue household.” Other fellow legendary Australian artists starring on the “Reimagine” disc include Jimmy Barnes with a pounding version of “When You’re Ready” (borrowed from Tina’s most recent studio album, 2015’s “11”); Katie Noonan with an innovative a capella-based reconstruction of “Burn” (“She’s an ethereal goddess,” says Tina); as well as friend and recent collaborator Kate Miller-Heidke with a most haunting reading of “Heaven Help My Heart”. “I believe I have a responsibility to help showcase those new people, like other people believed in me when I was up-and-coming,” Tina explains.Dannii Minogue, of course, also started her career on Young Talent Time. “I believe they deserve a platform.” You might not have heard of a few of these artists yet, but once you’ve experienced how each tackles Tina’s songs here, with such emotion and distinctiveness, you can rest assured the future of Australian music is in safe hands.
Her version of “Still Running” is just a moment of pure jubilation.