1988 - A change is gonna come 7 Inch Single

"A Change Is Gonna Come" is a single from Tina Turner's live album "Tina Live In Europe".
It’s a cover. The song belongs to Sam Cooke. He wrote the song and released it in 1963 and the song became the single for the album "Ain’t That Good News". Unfortunately Sam already passed away when the song was released.

The song describes the endless battle of racism that was inside of Sam Cooke himself. The song was inspired by Bob Dylan’s "Blowing In The Wind", which made Sam start to think that there were white people who didn’t want to be separated because of skin colours. After a concert Sam gave in Durham, he got inspired again by the words of protesters. Sam always wanted to write a song about the separation of black and white but was afraid to lose his fans on both sides. After he heard the protesters he started writing the words to the song "A Change Is Gonna Come". The song is also inspired on two other tragic events in Sam’s life. His 18 months year old son died of drowning in 1963 and later he was arrested for booking a concert in a white motel because of disturbance of public order. Just because he was black. These sentences of the song were based on these tragic events. "There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long/but now I think I’m able to carry on/It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come".

There were many artist who covered the song and the list goes on and on. Tina covered the song for the first time in 1983 when Martyn Ware wanted her to embrace her soul roots. He asked Tina if she had any idols of soul singers. She came quickly with the list: Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and Al Green. They’ve recorded the song "A Change Is Gonna Come" from Sam Cooke, but they never released the studio version as a single. They’ve decided to release Tina’s powerful version of Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together", which became a hit on both sides of the ocean. The studio version of "A Change Is Gonna Come" was later released on the compilation set "The Collected Recordings" in 1994.



Back in 1986 Tina gave a concert in Camden Palace London, which is better known as The Break Every Rule Live Special. She decided to sing songs from her biggest idols including Sam Cook’s "A Change Is Gonna Come". Tina invited Robert Cray to play the bluesy guitar solo during the performance. When the music plays the first notes of the song, it thickens up your throat of emotion. And when Tina starts to sing the first lines of the song, it will break you down onto your knees and beg for forgiveness for all those people who suffered in these days. Tina’s strong vocals on this song will affect your whole body. We are so lucky that it was taped and recorded. The song was released for the promotion of the "Tina Live In Europe" Album in 1988. For promotion they’ve used the video of the Break Every Rule Live Special.



"A Change Is Gonna Come" Live was only released in certain European countries as 7" single and 12"single.
The B-side was the 1988 live version of "Nutbush City Limits", the wellknown Tina song which she wrote herself as a tribute to her hometown. We weren’t able to find any chart positions for the song.

Track Listing
"A Change Is Gonna Come"
A change is gonna come

Album: Tina Live in Europe - 1988

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh, and like that river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it is

It's been too hard living and I'm afraid to die
I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it is

I go to the movies and I go around in town
Everybody there keeps telling me "don't hang around"
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it is

Then I go to my brother
And I say "Brother, please"
But he just winds up, knocking me
Back down on my knees

Sometimes I thought I wouldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it is

- 4.04 min.
"Nutbush City Limits"
Nutbush city limits

Single: Nutbush City Limits - Ike and Tina Turner - 1973

A church house gin house
A school house outhouse
On highway number nineteen
The people keep the city clean

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

Twenty-five for speed limit
Motorcycle not allowed in it
You go to store on Friday

You go to church on Sunday

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

You go to the fields on weekdays
And have a picnic on Labor Day
You go to town on Saturday
And go to church every Sunday

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

No whiskey for sale
If you get drunk no bail
Salt pork and molasses
Is all you get in jail

They call it Nutbush, oh Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

A little old town in Tennessee
A quiet little old community
A one-horse town
You have to watch what you're putting down
In old Nutbush, oh Nutbush

- 3.23 min.

Released: 1988
Genre: Soul
Length: 4.04 min.
Label: Capitol
Writers: "A Change Is Gonna Come (Live Edit)" – Sam Cooke
"Nutbush City Limits (Live 7" Edit) - Tina Turner
Producer: John Hudson


Source: Wikipedia and Discogs

1975 - Under my thumb
1975 - Whole lotta love
1976 - Acid Queen
1978 - Root Toot Undisputable Rock 'n Roller
1978 - Viva la money
1978 - Sometimes When We Touch
1979 - Fruits of the Night
1979 - Music keeps me dancin'
1979 - Backstabbers
1980 - Are you breaking my heart
1982 - Ball of confusion
1983 - Lets Stay Together
1984 - Help
1984 - What's love got to do with it?
1984 - Better be good to me
1984 - Private Dancer
1984 - I can't stand the rain
1985 - Show some respect
1985 - We don't need another hero - Mad Max
1985 - One of the living
1985 - It's only love - with Bryan Adams
1986 - Typical Male
1986 - Back where you started
1986 - Two People
1987 - Girls
1987 - What you get is what you see
1987 - Break every rule
1987 - Paradise is here - Special Edition
1987 - Tearing us apart - with Eric Clapton
1988 - Nutbush City Limits
1988 - Tonight Live - with David Bowie
1988 - Addicted to love
1988 - A change is gonna come
1989 - The Best
1989 - I don't wanna lose you
1989 - 6345789 - with Robert Cray
1990 - Steamy Windows
1990 - Foreign Affair
1990 - Look Me in the Heart
1990 - Be Tender With Me Baby
1990 - It takes Two - with Rod Stewart
1991 - Nutbush City Limits
1991 - Way of the world
1991 - I want you near me
1991 - Love Thing
1993 - I don't wanna fight
1993 - Disco Inferno
1993 - Why must we wait until tonight?
1993 - Proud Mary
1995 - Goldeneye
1996 - On silent wings
1996 - Whatever you want
1997 - Cose della vita - with Eros Ramazzotti