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Very Best of Cher [Bonus Tracks]
     

The Very Best of Cher [Bonus Tracks]

by Cher
 

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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

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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 her 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 there weren't any 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," and "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. [This edition contains bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
Label:
Wea Int'l
UPC:
0825646086450
catalogNumber:
460864

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cher   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Producer
Cher   Composer
Richie Sambora   Producer
Desmond Child   Producer
Bruce Roberts   Producer
Giorgio Moroder   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Sonny Bono   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Lawrence Dermer   Programming,Remixing
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
J.J. Holiday   Composer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
M. Lewis   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Producer
Christopher Neil   Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Steve Popovich   Producer
Brian Rawling   Producer
Guy Roche   Producer
Bob Rock   Producer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer
James "Son" Thomas   Producer
D. Warren   Composer
Diane Warren   Producer
David Wolfert   Producer
Richie Zito   Producer
Kurt Loder   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Chicane   Composer
Nigel Butler   Producer
Brian Higgins   Composer
Warren Rigg   Producer
Steve Torch   Composer
Nick Bracegirdle   Composer
A. Griffiths   Composer
J.K. Hunter   Composer
Sam Lederman   Producer
Timothy Powell   Composer
A. Hill   Composer
Paul Barry   Composer
Jeff Taylor   Producer

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