3614 Jackson Highway

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3614 Jackson Highway
Studio album by Cher
Released June 20, 1969 (1969-06-20)
Recorded April 1968
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama
Genre Folk rock, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 33:08
Label Atco
Rhino Entertainment
Producer Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin
Cher chronology
Golden Greats
(1968)
3614 Jackson Highway
(1969)
Chastity
(1969)
Singles from 3614 Jackson Highway
  1. "For What It's Worth"
    Released: 1969
  2. "I Walk on Guilded Splinters"
    Released: 1969
  3. "Lay Lady Lay"
    Released: 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

3614 Jackson Highway is the sixth album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 1969 by ATCO. This album was a commercial failure, peaking at #160, although it received praise and positive reviews from the music critics. 3614 Jackson Highway was the address of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The album is by-and-large a covers album.

Album information[edit]

3614 Jackson Highway was released in the summer of 1969, was her first and last solo studio album for Atco, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin. The cover is a photograph of Cher with the musicians who played on the album. They are: front row, left to right: guitarist Eddie Hinton, bassist David Hood, Sonny Bono, Cher, producer Jerry Wexler, background vocalist Jeannie Greene, background vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux née,Thatcher, and producer Tom Dowd. Back row, left to right: lead guitarist Jimmy Johnson, producer Arif Mardin, drummer Roger Hawkins and keyboardist Barry Beckett. Missing were background vocalists Mary Holiday and Sue Pilkington.

This disc is certainly Cher's most ambitious project (at least for the '60s) and was designed to bring Cher success after a period of crisis because 1968-1970 wasn't a good period for Sonny & Cher and for Cher as a solo artist. The worldwide pop culture was moving on, but Sonny & Cher stayed in their original image and style. Pop music was transforming into a harder style marked by anti-war songs protesting the war in Vietnam. Cher's and Sonny & Cher's music didn't really fit in. So their records weren't really selling anymore. For months they had a nightclub act, but the audience response was less than positive.

If the public response to this album was low, the criticism was ecstatic. Critics judged this as one of Cher's best albums. A surprising element of the disc was the maturing voice of Cher, which showed more strength and versatility than in previous works. Another surprise was the sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements, which gave the disc a rock edge, along with Cher's success in interpreting other artists' songs.

The title of the album represents the address of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, where the disc was recorded.

In 1968 and 1969 Cher recorded songs which would have become an album in 1970. For unknown reasons the release was cancelled however five songs were released as singles. The other five tracks remained unreleased until 2001 when Rhino Records released a limited edition (only 4500 copies) of the album 3614 Jackson Highway with all the songs from the canceled album included as bonus tracks. The song "Superstar" is also included which was originally cut from the cancelled album.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "For What It's Worth"   Stephen Stills 2:22
2. "(Just Enough to Keep Me) Hangin' On"   Buddy Mize, Ira Allen 3:18
3. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"   Steve Cropper, Otis Redding 2:41
4. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You"   Bob Dylan 3:08
5. "I Threw It All Away"   Bob Dylan 2:49
6. "I Walk on Guilded Splinters"   Dr. John Creaux 2:32
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lay Baby Lay"   Bob Dylan 3:36
2. "Please Don't Tell Me"   Carroll W. Quillen, Grady Smith 3:36
3. "Cry Like a Baby"   Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn 2:46
4. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"   Chips Moman, Dan Penn 2:46
5. "Save the Children"   Eddie Hinton 2:54
2001 CD bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Easy to Be Hard"   Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni 3:44
13. "I Believe"   Ervin Drake, Irwin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman 3:55
14. "Danny Boy"   Frederick Weatherly 5:20
15. "Momma Look Sharp"   Sherman Edwards 3:33
16. "It Gets Me Where I Want to Go"   Gabriel Lapano, Lance Wakely 3:10
17. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"   Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson, Berry Gordy 2:43
18. "Yours Until Tomorrow"   Gerry Goffin, Carole King 2:51
19. "The Thought of Loving You"   David White 2:24
20. "The First Time"   Sonny Bono 3:24
21. "Chastity's Song (Band of Thieves)"   Elyse J. Weinberg 3:08
22. "Chastity's Song (Band of Thieves)" (Stereo album version) Elyse J. Weinberg 3:05
23. "Superstar"   Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Leon Russell 3:07

Credits[edit]

Personnel

Production

  • Jerry Wexler – record producer
  • Tom Dowd – record producer
  • Arif Mardin – record producer
  • Stan Vincent – record producer
  • Greg Poree – arrangement assistance

Design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
United States Billboard 200[2] 160

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3614 Jackson Highway Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Atco Album Discography, Part 2". Bsnpubs.com. 2005-10-06. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 

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