The Very Best of Cher [Special Edition]

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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 Essential Collection by containing hits from every aspect of her career, from Sonny and 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 didn't have 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 to 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 and 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. [There is also a special edition that includes the entire 18-song "Farewell Tour" on a second disc.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227395629
  • Catalog Number: 73956
  • Sales rank: 72,359

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cher Primary Artist
David Barry Guitar, Vocals
Stacy Campbell Vocals
Paul Mirkovich Keyboards, Vocals, Musical Direction
Mark Schulman Drums
Bill Sharpe Bass, Vocals
Ollie Marland Keyboards, Vocals
Kevin Wilson Dancer
Addie Yungmee Dancer
Shannon Beach Dancer
Bubba Carr Dancer
Suzanne Easter Dancer
Doriana Sanchez Staging
Dreya Weber Dancer
Sal Vassallo Dancer
Jamal Story Dancer
Pattie Darcy Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Composer, Producer
Cher Executive Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
George Barnes Monitor Engineer
Desmond Child Composer, Producer
Tom Snow Composer
Bob Stone Composer
The Edge Composer
Michele Aller Composer
Peter Asher Producer
Bono Composer
Sonny Bono Composer, Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Al Capps Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Roger Davies Executive Producer
Jacques Diéval Composer
Johnny Durrill Composer
Bob Esty Composer, Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Andy Hill Composer
David Hood Sound Crew
Bill Inglot Remastering
Michelle Lewis Composer
Steve Lipson Producer
Mark Mangold Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Dean Pitchford Composer
Brian Rawling Producer
Guy Roche Producer
Bob Rock Producer
Lindsay Scott Executive Producer
Peter Sinfield Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Robert Stone Composer
Mark Taylor Composer, Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Vocal Assistance
Diane Warren Composer, Producer
Dave Zeller Engineering
Richie Zito Producer
Anthony Griffiths Composer
Kurt Loder Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Gary Grimm Drum Technician
Dave Kob Engineer
Paul Sandweiss Engineering
Rudy Clark Composer
Brian Higgins Composer
Steve Torch Composer
Mary Dean Composer
Johan Åberg Composer
Timothy Powell Composer
Jason Harvey Video Engineer
Paul Barry Composer
Chris Colvin Promoter
Morgane Bernhard Wig Designer
John Ciasulli Guitar Techician
Bubba Carr Assistant Choreographer
Frank Carra Stage Manager
Cliff Downey Sound Crew
Hank Fury Sound Crew
Kille Knobel Lighting Director
David Neugerbauer Video Director
Deb Paull Personal Assistant
Jennifer Ruiz Personal Assistant
Doriana Sanchez Choreographer
Dori Venza Promoter
Marty Strayer Sound Crew
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