Two the Hard Way

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Two the Hard Way
Studio album by Allman and Woman
Released November 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop rock =
Length 31:35
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Gregg Allman, Johnny Sandlin and John Haeny
Cher chronology
Cherished
(1977)
Two the Hard Way
(1977)
Take Me Home
(1979)
Gregg Allman chronology
Playin' Up a Storm
(1977)
Two the Hard Way
(1977)
I'm No Angel
(1986)
Singles from Two the Hard Way
  1. "Move Me"
    Released: 1977
  2. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]

Two the Hard Way is a studio album by American singer-actress Cher and the fourth studio album by American rock singer Gregg Allman released in November 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The album, billed to "Allman and Woman", was a critical and commercial failure and has sold less than 550,000 copies worldwide.

History[edit]

The product of the two singers' unlikely and turbulent relationship and marriage, it attempted an even more unlikely musical melding of Allman's Southern rock with Cher's idiosyncratic, personality-driven pop. The uncharacteristically airblown cover notwithstanding, Allman's musical ideas and singing generally took the lead.

The album was not well-received; the 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide said "It's hard to imagine a more inappropriate combination ... It's the bottom of the barrel after a long fall for Gregg, and more of the same for Cher," and rated the album "Worthless". Two the Hard Way was not a commercial success either; by the time the 1983 edition of the same guide had come out, the album was out of print. The album has never been released on CD or iTunes. According to Billboard, Cher owned this album's master right and Warner had no right to reissue.[2]

To promote the release of the album Cher and Allman did a mini tour called Two the Hard Way Tour.

The title of the album is possibly a reference to the 1969 biker film Five The Hard Way.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Move Me"   Fred Beckmeier, Cameron 2:58
2. "I Found You Love"   Alan Gordon 3:58
3. "Can You Fool"   Michael Smotherman 3:21
4. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"   Smokey Robinson 3:18
5. "We're Gonna Make It"   Billy Davis, Carl Smith, Raynard Miner, Gene Barge 3:15
6. "Do What You Gotta Do"   Jimmy Webb 3:26
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In For the Night"   Ed Sanford, Johnny Townsend 3:34
2. "Shadow Dream Song" (Gregg Allman solo) Jackson Browne 3:43
3. "Island" (Cher solo) Allman, Colton, Nell, Trotter, Cher 4:25
4. "I Love Makin' Love to You"   Benjamin Weisman, Evie Sands, Richard Germinero 3:49
5. "Love Me"   Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 2:48

Credits[edit]

Personnel

Production

  • Gregg Allman - record producer
  • Johnny Sandlin - record producer
  • John Haeny - record producer
  • Tom Flye - engineer
  • David Pinkston - assistant engineer
  • Gregg Allman, Neil Larsen - keyboards

Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Two the Hard Way - Allman and Woman | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ask Billboard: Sharing Cher On CD". Billboard. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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