Heart of Stone (Cher album)

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Heart of Stone
Studio album by Cher
Released June 19, 1989
Recorded 1988/89
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 47:57
Label Geffen
Producer Peter Asher, Michael Bolton, John Kalodner, Jon Lind, Diane Warren, Guy Roche
Cher chronology
Cher
(1987)
Heart of Stone
(1989)
Outrageous
(1991)
Alternative cover
Original album artwork
Singles from Heart of Stone
  1. "After All"
    Released: February 21, 1989
  2. "If I Could Turn Back Time"
    Released: June 1, 1989
  3. "Just Like Jesse James"
    Released: October, 1989
  4. "Heart of Stone"
    Released: January, 1990
  5. "You Wouldn't Know Love"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Heart of Stone is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 19, 1989 by Geffen Records. It is one of Cher's best-selling albums with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. The album was supported by her 1989 sold-out Heart of Stone Tour.

Album information[edit]

Heart of Stone was released in 1989 and was her second studio album for Geffen Records. As with her previous album Cher, Peter Asher, Jon Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Guy Roche and Desmond Child performed songwriting and/or producing duties. Bonnie Tyler and Michael Bolton performed background vocals on the song "Emotional Fire", which was an outtake from Bolton's 1987 album The Hunger, as was "Starting Over" (Demo versions of the song exist in bootleg form). The album was recorded in late 1988/early 1989, during the third year of Cher's relationship with Rob Camilletti, to whom she dedicated the album.

Heart of Stone reached number ten in the United States, number seven in the United Kingdom, and by topping the charts in Australia, Heart of Stone became Geffen's first international number one album.[2] It was her first solo album in the United States (Sonny and Cher's debut album "Look at Us" reached number two and stayed there for eight weeks) to reach top 10. Further on in her career, Cher would go on to have four more top ten albums - Believe, Living Proof, The Very Best of Cher and Closer to the Truth. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for sales of 209,000. As of November 2011, the album has sold 3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began counting sales after March 1, 1991.[3]

The album was first released with artwork, and later re-released with more conventional studio photos. The original was a painting by Octavio Ocampo, featuring Cher sitting beside a stone heart, creating the illusion of a skull (see infobox picture).[2] The artwork was changed shortly after its release, making copies with the original artwork collector's items.

She recorded two other songs for the album, "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" and "Some Guys", but neither made the final cut. A remixed version of "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" was included on the Geffen compilation album If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits. The reissue of that album, per Cher's request, does not include the song. A demo version of "Some Guys" was included on the "If I Could Turn Back Time" 7- and 12-inch singles.

"Heart of Stone" and "If I Could Turn Back Time" were both slightly remixed for the single. The "Heart of Stone" remix is available on CD on the compilation If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits issued by Geffen Records.

The album produced three top 10 hits as well as a top 20 hit with the title track.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Diane Warren 4:16
2. "Just Like Jesse James"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:06
3. "You Wouldn't Know Love"   Michael Bolton, Diane Warren 3:30
4. "Heart of Stone"   Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield 4:21
5. "Still in Love With You"   Michael Bolton, Bob Halligan 3:08
6. "Love on a Rooftop"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:22
7. "Emotional Fire"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Michael Bolton 3:53
8. "All Because of You"   Jon Lind, Sue Schifrin 3:30
9. "Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:12
10. "Starting Over"   Michael Bolton, Jonathan Cain 4:09
11. "Kiss to Kiss"   Lind, Mary D'astugues, Phil Galdston 4:23
12. "After All" (with Peter Cetera) Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford 4:07

Additional notes

Personnel and production[4][edit]

  • Track 1 Produced By Diane Warren & Guy Roche.
    • Recorded & Mixed By Frank Wolf; assisted by Guy Roche
    • Drums, Percussion: Mark T. Williams; Bass: John Pierce; Keyboards: Guy Roche, Alan Pasua; Guitars: Steve Lukather, Glenn Sciurba, Gene Black; Vocal Backing: Desmond Child, Michael Anthony, Robin Beck, Jean McClain, Jimmy Demers
  • Tracks 2, 7 & 9 Produced By Desmond Child
    • Recorded & Mixed By Sir Arthur Payson, with track 2 mixed by Mick Guzauski
    • Drums: Bobby Chouinard; Bass: Hugh McDonald; Keyboards: Alan St. Jon (tracks 2 & 9), Eric Rehl (track 7); **Guitars: John McCurry, (tracks 2 & 9), John Putnam (track 2), Steve Lukather, Blues Saraceno (both track 7), Ron Mancuso (track 9)
  • Tracks 3, 5 & 10 Arranged & Produced By Michael Bolton
    • Recorded By Frank Wolf; additional engineering by Roger Talkov, Terry Christian & Jay Healy. Mixed By Mick Guzauski
    • Drums: John Keane; Percussion on track 10: Bashiri Johnson; Bass: Phillip Ashley (track 10; also played keyboards on all three tracks), Neil Steubenhaus (tracks 3 & 5); Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan (track 10); Guitars: Mike Landau (tracks 3, 5 & 10), John McCurry (track 5)
  • Tracks 4, 6 & 12 Produced By Peter Asher; associate producer on track 12: Frank Wolf
    • Recorded & Mixed By Frank Wolf
    • Drums: Carlos Vega; Percussion: Michael Fisher, Peter Asher (both track 6); Bass: Lee Sklar; Guitars: Waddy Wachtel, Mike Landau, Andrew Gold; Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan, Jon Gilutin; Sax on track 6: Daniel Higgins
  • Tracks 8 & 11 Produced By Jon Lind
    • Recorded & Mixed By Mick Guzauski, with engineering assistance by Frank Wolf & Paul Klingberg
    • Drums: John Keane; Percussion on track 11: Debra Dobkin; Bass: John Pierce; Piano & Synth on track 8, All Keyboards on track 11: John Schreiner; Additional Synth on track 8: Jim Lang; Guitars: Michael Thompson
  • Mastered By Dan Hersch; assisted by David Donnelly

Recording studios and assistant engineers[edit]

  • The Complex: Duane Seykora, Craig Porteils
  • Village Recorders: Jeff DeMorris, Charlie Brocco, Rob Hart, Charley Pollard
  • The Hit Factory: Rich Travali, Joe Pirrera, Dary Sulich, Barbera Milne, Tim Leitner, Paul Logus
  • Conway Recording: Richard McKernan, Debbie Johnson
  • Cherokee Studios: Jay Lean
  • Ocean Way: Stacy Baird, Clark Germaine
  • Summa Music Group: Ryan Dorn, Robin Laine, Paula "Max" Garcia
  • Bearsville: George Cowan
  • Electric Lady: Bridget Daly
  • Right Track: John Herman
  • Paradise Studios: Keith Goldstein
  • RPM Studios: "Iron" Mike Krowiak
  • Power Station: Ben Fowler
  • Criterion Studios: Mario Luccy
  • Bill Schnee Studios: Ken Allardyce
  • Studio Ultima: Tom Biener
  • Lion Share: Ray Pyle
  • Ignited Productions: Jeff Welch
  • Devonshire: Larry Goodwin

Certifications, peaks and sales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heart of Stone (Cher album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  2. ^ a b "Heart of Stone". justplaincher.net. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Ask Billboard: Cher Information, Yes?". Billboard. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ [Information taken from CD Booklet, 1989 Geffen Records]
  5. ^ a b c d e "lescharts.com - Cher - Heart Of Stone". lescharts.com. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Canadian album Chart:October 16 1989". RPM Canada. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  7. ^ "German album Chart:Cher discography". Media Control Charts. Musicline.de. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Heart of Stone UK Charts". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  9. ^ Heart of Stone (Cher album) at AllMusic
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299062/cher/chart?f=412
  11. ^ Australian Albums Chart of 1989 [1] . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  12. ^ Australian Albums Chart of 1990 [2] . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  13. ^ http://www.mediafire.com/view/?xaij7r71ngxbgqe
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cher – Heart of Stone". Music Canada. 
  15. ^ Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts 1966-2006. Maurienne House. ISBN 1-877443-00-X.
  16. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – Heart of Stone". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Heart of Stone in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Cher – Heart of Stone". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Storm Front by Billy Joel
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 20–26, 1989
Succeeded by
...But Seriously by Phil Collins