Love and Understanding

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This article is about the song by Cher. For the album by Jimmy Heath, see Love and Understanding (album).
"Love and Understanding"
Single by Cher
from the album Love Hurts
B-side "Trail Of Broken Hearts"
Released May 21, 1991
Format CD single, 7", 12", cassette single
Recorded 1990/91
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:43 (Album Version)
4:08 (Edit)
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Diane Warren, Guy Roche
Cher singles chronology
"Baby I'm Yours"
(1990)
"Love and Understanding"
(1991)
"Save Up All Your Tears"
(1991)
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"Love and Understanding" is a rock song by American singer-actress Cher from her 20th studio album, Love Hurts. Written by Diane Warren, produced by Warren & Guy Roche, it was released as the album's lead single in 1991 for the European and North American market. The B-Side "Trail Of Broken Hearts" appears on the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise film Days of Thunder and is not available on any Cher album.

Promotion and performances[edit]

Cher performed the song on the following concert tour:

Music video[edit]

The single spawned a music video that had Cher and her backing band rehearsing the song while interlocking scenes of her in an orange colored wig and her dancers dancing around her are shown.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Joseph McCombs highlighted the song and called it "pleasantly melodic."[1] Entertainment Weekly editor Jim Farber called it "socially conscious in a way only Hollywood could conceive, tailor-made for one of those publicity-seeking charity functions."[2]

Track listing[edit]

"Love And Understanding" – UK 7" single[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Love And Understanding" (Edit) 4:08
2. "Trail Of Broken Hearts"   4:30
"Love And Understanding" – German CD single[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Love And Understanding"   4:08
2. "Trail Of Broken Hearts"   4:30
3. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   4:16
"Love And Understanding" – US 12" single[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Love And Understanding" (12" Dance Mix) 5:25
2. "Love And Understanding" (Stringappella Mix) 4:20
3. "Love And Understanding" (Dub And Understanding Mix) 5:35
4. "Love And Understanding" (House Of Love Mix) 5:45
5. "Love And Understanding" (Cher Some Love Dub) 4:10
6. "Trail Of Broken Hearts"   4:30
"Love And Understanding" – Promo - CD-Maxi single 1[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Love And Understanding" (Edit) 4:08
2. "Love And Understanding"   4:43
3. "Love And Understanding" (AC Version) 4:38
"Love And Understanding" – Promo - CD-Maxi single 2[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Love And Understanding" (12" Extended Dance Mix) 5:25
2. "Love And Understanding" (12" Edit Dance Mix) 4:40
3. "Love And Understanding" (House Of Love Mix) 5:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals – Cher
  • Producer – Diane Warren, Guy Roche
  • Recorded by - David Thoener, Frank Wolf
  • Mix engineer - Curt Frasca
  • Mixed by - David Thoener
  • The song was recorded at A&M Recording Studios, The Music Grinder and The Complex

Charts[edit]