I Paralyze

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I Paralyze
Studio album by Cher
Released May 28, 1982 (US)
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, new wave
Length 33:50
Label Columbia
Varèse Sarabande
Producer John Farrar and David Wolfert
Cher chronology
Black Rose
(1980)
I Paralyze
(1982)
Cher
(1987)
Singles from I Paralyze
  1. "Rudy"
    Released: May 6, 1982
  2. "I Paralyze"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

I Paralyze is the 17th album by American singer-actress Cher, released on May 28, 1982 by Columbia Records. This album was a commercial failure and failed to chart. Following the record's release, Cher took a five year hiatus from music to focus on a film career until 1987, when she released the Platinum-certified album "Cher".

Album information[edit]

Released in 1982, this was her only album for Columbia Records. The record was produced by John Farrar (of Olivia Newton-John fame) and David Wolpert and it is her first collaboration with composer and producer Desmond Child. The album was promoted only on American Bandstand and Solid Gold, and because of the lack of promotion by the label it failed to chart and was largely ignored by critics. The album was released on CD for the first time in 1989 By "The Entertainment Company", Columbia Records and CBS Records International. Later, in 1999, the album was reissued on the Varèse Sarabande reissue label and was reevaluated by fans.

The album contains various musical styles: the rock style of Black Rose on cuts such as "Walk With Me", "The Book of Love", and "Rudy"; a slight new wave sound in "I Paralyze"; some ballads such as "When the Love is Gone" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?"; and an "old 80's" style on "Back On the Street Again" (a retitled cover of The Babys' "Back on My Feet Again") and "Games".[2] "Rudy" and "I Paralyze" were released as singles to promote the album, but they were both unsuccessful. "Rudy" was originally recorded by French singer Dalida as "Quand je n'aime plus, je m'en vais". In 1981 Cher recorded a song with Meat Loaf called "Dead Ringer for Love"; the song was a hit in UK, but did not appear in the final cut of the album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rudy"   Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Fergie Frederiksen, Howie Epstein, Jimmy Hunter, Mark Maierhoffer 3:54
2. "Games"   Andrea Farber, Vince Melamed 3:57
3. "I Paralyze"   John Farrar, Steve Kipner 3:49
4. "When the Love Is Gone"   Desmond Child 4:04
5. "Say What's on Your Mind"   J. Gottschalk 4:06
6. "Back on the Street Again" (Originally recorded by The Babys) Dominic King, Frank Musker, John Waite 3:19
7. "Walk with Me"   Child, David Wolfert 3:32
8. "The Book of Love"   Child 3:23
9. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"   Dorsey Burnett, Michael Smotherman 4:13

Credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Cher - Main Vocals
  • Jai Winding - Arranger, Keyboards
  • Rick Shlosser - Drums
  • Steve Lukather - Guitar
  • Sid McGinnis - Guitar
  • Carlos Rios - Guitar
  • Thom Rotella - Guitar
  • Ralph Schuckett - Organ
  • Richard Crooks - Percussion
  • Nathan East - Synthesizer, Bass
  • David Wolfert - Synthesizer, Guitar, Arranger, Producer
  • Ed Walsh - Synthesizer
  • Steve George - Background vocals
  • Tom Kelly - Background vocals
  • Myrna Mathews - Background vocals
  • Denise Maynelli - Background vocals
  • Marti McCall - Background vocals
  • Richard Page - Background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Charles Koppelman
  • Producer: John Farrar, David Wolfert
  • Reissue Producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Mike Khouri
  • Reissue Liner Notes: Mike Khouri
  • Engineers: Dennis Ferrante, John Arriass
  • Mixing: Lee Decarlo
  • Remixing: Dan Hersch
  • Mastering Supervisor, Tape Research: Bill Inglot
  • Art direction: Nancy Greenberg
  • Reissue Design: Matt B.
  • Photography: Harry Langdon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bil Carpenter. "I Paralyze - Cher". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ "I Paralyze Review". CherScholar.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ Duff, S.L. (1990). "I Paralyze". Yahoo.com. 

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