Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1]

Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1]

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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…  See more details below


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.

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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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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cher   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Composer,Producer
Cher   Executive Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer,Producer
Tom Snow   Composer
Bob Stone   Composer
Michele Aller   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer
Sonny Bono   Composer,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Capps   Composer
Johnny Durrill   Composer
Bob Esty   Composer,Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Andy Hill   Composer
Michelle Lewis   Composer
Steve Lipson   Producer
Mark Mangold   Composer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Brian Rawling   Producer
Guy Roche   Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Peter Sinfield   Composer
Robert Stone   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer
Diane Warren   Composer,Producer
Richie Zito   Producer
Anthony Griffiths   Composer
Junior Vasquez   Remixing
Kurt Loder   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Steve Woolard   Annotation
Rudy Clark   Composer
Brian Higgins   Composer
Steve Torch   Composer
Mary Dean   Composer
Johan Åberg   Composer
Timothy Powell   Composer
Paul Barry   Composer
Daniel Hersch   Engineer

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The Very Best of Cher [Warner Bros #1] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cher is the best! Buy this CD! It's sweet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
ForYourInformation More than 1 year ago
Cher has had at least one Top-Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while in her Teens, Twenties, Thirties, Fourtys and Fifties. Cher has charted at least two Top-Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's Cher has achieved this as a solo artist. Working with her husband, Sonny Bono, as Sonny & Cher, Cher charted at least 2 songs in the Top-Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in her Teens and Twenties and in the 1960's and 1970's -they divorced in 1975, when Cher was in her 20's. Cher was born May 20th 1946. ---- TEENS Bang Bang (my baby shot me down) #2 (1966) age 19 -I Got You Babe #1 for 3 weeks Sonny & Cher (1965) age 19 -Baby Don't Go #8 Sonny & Cher (1965) age 19 ---- TWENTIES You Better Sit Down Kids #9 (1967) age 21 Gypsies Tramps and Thieves #1 for 2 weeks (1971) age 25 The Way Of Love #7 (1972) age 25 Half Breed #1 for 2 weeks (1973) age 27 Dark Lady #1 (1974) age 27 -The Beat Goes On #6 Sonny & Cher (1967) age 20 -All I Ever Need Is You #7 Sonny & Cher (1971) age 25 -A Cowboys Work Is Never Done #8 Sonny & Cher (1972) age 25 ---- THIRTIES Take Me Home #8 (1979) age 32 ---- FOURTYS I Found Someone #10 (1988) age 41 After All #6 (1989) duet with Peter Cetera -age 42, turned age 43 If I Could Turn Back Time #3 (1989) age 43 Just Like Jesse James #8 (1989/90) age 43 ***this song gave Cher a Top-10 Hot 100 Hit in 4 decades -Dec 16,1989 #10, Dec 23,1989 #8, Dec 30,1989 #8, Jan 6,1990 #8, Jan 13,1990 #8 ---- FIFTIES Believe #1 for 4 weeks (1999) age 52 ***This song gave Cher the longest span of #1 hits as a Solo Artist or as part of Sonny & Cher: 27 years and 5 months -Gypsies,Tramps and Thieves 11-6-1971 to 4-3-1999 Believe 33 years,7 months and 3 weeks -I Got You Babe 8-14-1965 to 4-3-1999 Believe. ---- Nielsen Soundscan - U.S. album sales information: Believe -3.6 million copies sold Living Proof -500,000 copies sold The Very Beat of Cher -2.5 million copies sold ---- $194,683,927 million "Cher:Living Proof - The Farewell Tour" for 280 North American shows ("Cher played 325 (global) dates grossing well over $200 million" -Ray Waddell Billboard Magazine 5-28-2005) ---- Nielsen Media Research: 16.6 million viewers "Cher:The Farewell Tour" -4-8-2003 ---- From August 1-1971 to August 31-1977 Cher had network Variety shows that ended when their TV contract was up and Sonny and Cher choose not to renew the contract (according to CBS-TV President Robert Wussler in April 1977) ---- 1987 Best Actress Academy Award for "Moonstruck" 1985 Cannes Best Actress Award for "Mask" 1983 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for "Silkwood" -Cher,who has been on many Vogue covers, wore no make-up in Silkwood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matter what I have never heard a bad song...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But let's face it --- it IS Cher and we love her no matter what!
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