The Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1]

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Long before Madonna was a twinkle in Jean Paul Gaultier's eye, Bob Mackie muse Cher was pop music's reigning fashionista. Musically, the former Cherilyn Sarkisian has evolved with the times, and this comprehensive collection celebrates all of the diva's ever-changing moods -- from her classic duets with former hubby Sonny Bono "The Beat Goes On," "I Got You Babe" to her millennial dance hits "Believe," "Strong Enough". Assembling songs from every decade of Cher's impressive career, The Very Best of Cher outshines her previous anthologies. Starting with Cher's first solo hit, a flower-power, tambourine-tinged cover of Bob Dylan's "All I Really Want to Do," this disc...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Long before Madonna was a twinkle in Jean Paul Gaultier's eye, Bob Mackie muse Cher was pop music's reigning fashionista. Musically, the former Cherilyn Sarkisian has evolved with the times, and this comprehensive collection celebrates all of the diva's ever-changing moods -- from her classic duets with former hubby Sonny Bono "The Beat Goes On," "I Got You Babe" to her millennial dance hits "Believe," "Strong Enough". Assembling songs from every decade of Cher's impressive career, The Very Best of Cher outshines her previous anthologies. Starting with Cher's first solo hit, a flower-power, tambourine-tinged cover of Bob Dylan's "All I Really Want to Do," this disc also includes early '70s chart-toppers, such as the dramatic "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" and the defiant "Half-Breed," featuring pre-disco string arrangements and a tribal rhythm straight out of a spaghetti western. Wondering what this California native sounded like as a disco diva? Look no further than the Studio 54 anthem "Take Me Home," drenched in a shower of wah-wah guitar. Although Cher faltered slightly with the saccharine Peter Cetera duet "After All," it pales next to her '80s triumphs as a rock singer on hook-laden, guitar-driven hits such as "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "I Found Someone." Fans who just came on board with Cher's more recent techno phase are rewarded with a frenetic Rodney Jerkins remix of 2002's "A Different Kind of Love Song." Although 2003 finds her staging a farewell tour, this collection is a clear indicator that the beat will indeed go on for Cher.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since it's a cross-licensed, 21-track collection, it stands to reason that Warner Strategic Marketing's 2003 The Very Best of Cher is finally the Cher collection that gets it right, presenting a fully rounded portrait of her long, winding, multi-label career. It's not, but it's closer than any previous collection, eclipsing Hip-O's 2001 The Ultimate Collection by containing hits from every aspect of her career, from Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" to her 1999 comeback, "Believe" and beyond to the new, Rodney Jerkins-produced "A Different Kind of Love Song" yes, it does feature heavy vocoder work. Where other collections emphasized her '70s hits, this focuses on the Geffen work, which may be appropriate since they rarely appeared on hits compilations before this, along with the late-'90s comeback on Warner. This is all pushed toward the front, taking up the first 11 songs, which, frankly, is infuriating sequencing, especially since it bounces between the Geffen album rock and the post-house, neo-disco of the Warner years. Also, there is simply too much Warner material, given that apart from "Believe" it was entirely too generic and also not big hits. They nearly knock the collection off track by providing a dead stretch in the middle of the record before it regains momentum with 1979's "Take Me Home" and then more or less works its way back to her beginning. This is a bewildering choice in sequencing, and it hurts the general listenablity of the record; even if all periods are represented and all the big hits are here, the lack of logic leads to a herky-jerky sequencing that is tiring on the ear. That said, this does have all the big hits -- "Believe," "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Just Like Jesse James," "After All," "I Found Someone," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "All I Really Want to Do," "Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down," "Half-Breed," "Gypsies Tramps & Thieves," among them. And even if the presentation leaves a lot to be desired, it's still nice to have all these in one place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227385224
  • Catalog Number: 73852
  • Sales rank: 7,441

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cher Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Producer
Cher Executive Producer
Desmond Child Producer
Bob Stone Composer
Peter Asher Producer
Sonny Bono Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Bob Esty Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Dan Hersch Engineer, Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Steve Lipson Producer
Brian Rawling Producer
Guy Roche Producer
Bob Rock Producer
Mark Taylor Producer
Diane Warren Producer
Richie Zito Producer
Junior Vasquez Remixing
Kurt Loder Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Steve Woolard Annotation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must CD For Cher Fans

    This CD is the best of the very best. The music spans Cher's singing career from the beginning to current day, with emphasis on those songs performed during her Farewell Tour Concert (a fantastic performance, by the way). Her songs featured here will appeal to all age groups, young & old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great!!!

    i have not liked cher forever, but after i purchased this cd, i loved it. she may sound like a guy, but she isnt all that bad. all of her good songs are on this cd, and that is a good thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Diva

    A true diva in all sense of the word, Only artist that can entrigue new listeners of all ages. If you are a Cher fan this is the CD to purchase. A true survivor in the ever changing music industry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bound to be a true favorite

    I've been a true fan of Cher's since I saw the VH1 special on her. Her ability to adapt her sound to stay modern is fantastic. This cd is bound to sell many copies, and you can mark my words on that, Pablo! It's time to roll up your sleeves and get down to the nitty gritty with hits like "I made a sandwich for lunch today, but now the bread is soggy", "I've had these socks on for days and they reak of swiss cheese", and her biggest hit from the 90s, "Oil me up and call me Captain Crunch (Round Midnight)." Some of her work from the 70's sounds a bit obsolete when compared to the brand new unreleased single, "I'll have you know that I become quite gassy when I eat onion rings" (featuring Shaggy). All in all, Cher's career is definitely worth an anthology, as you can see that she has come along way since jamming with Reardon Gilley and the Spiders from Mars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    Cher Originals

    “The Very Best of Cher” contains some classic songs that have been popular radio staples. “The Shoop Shoop Song”, “Half Breed”, and “I Got You Babe” are two of the hits featured on this cd. I was surprised that “Love and Understanding” was missing from this collection. Nonetheless, “The Very Best of Cher” is great to get for anyone who enjoys at least one of Cher’s songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Very Best of Cher really isn't ALL the very BEST of Cher

    But let's face it --- it IS Cher and we love her no matter what!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cher can never be bad

    No matter what I have never heard a bad song...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great For Any Music Collection!

    Cher is probably one of the greatest female singers still alive today. This collection offers all of her biggest hits from 1965 to 2001, including I Got You Babe, Turn Back Time, Believe, Shoop Shoop Song, and Bang Bang. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TERRIFIC

    Never write reviews but needed to say that this is a super CD. Great music - terrific voice. Makes you want to get up and dance. What a way to go out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1]

    This is an amazing cd, it truly includes all her best work from her entire career. She sounds and looks great and is truly an entertainer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1]

    Cher is perfect- her voice is amazing, she is beautiful, she can act, she has stood the test of time. The Lyrics are wonderful and it is great to hear how her voice has changed over the years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a singer

    Cher has done it all. She has made movie after movie and cd after cd. She has faced hard times and come out with a joke. People say that you have to be gay to listen to her and thats not true. YOu can be straight and like her. Buy this cd you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Cherest CD Yet

    Cher is the best! Buy this CD! It's sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD Truly Is The Best Of Cher

    Cher really has done it this time, this CD is her best ever. This CD shows what her voice can really do. Cher has been singing for about 40 years, she is one of those artists that are so good they stay popular longer than the averege artist. The averege artist is popular for a decade or two, but with cher it four decades!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible

    This person has used people to get what she wants all her life, only cares about herself and I don't understand why people think she or her music is great. Her comment about Brittany Spears tells all about her insecurity. Grow up Cher and disappear please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cher Is Timeless

    This CD has it all! Everyone should purchase this CD, Ballads are just awesome from POP to Classic Cher! The Lady Can Perform. Cher is Like the Female Elvis she is just Fantastic! John Chicago Highly Recommend this CD!

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    Posted March 16, 2009

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    Posted September 25, 2010

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