Cher (1987 album)

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Cher
Chercher.jpg
Studio album by Cher
Released November 10, 1987
Recorded 1987
Studio Electric Lady, The Hit Factory, Bearsville Studios, A&M Studios & Giant Sound
Genre
Length 39:48
Label Geffen
Producer
Cher chronology
I Paralyze
(1982)
Cher
(1987)
Heart of Stone
(1989)
Singles from Cher
  1. "I Found Someone"
    Released: November 19, 1987
  2. "We All Sleep Alone"
    Released: January 28, 1988
  3. "Skin Deep"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Bang Bang"
    Released: 1988
  5. "Main Man"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[2]

Cher is the self-titled eighteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records.[1] The album has been certified Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA and Gold in the U.K. by the BPI.[3][4]

Album information[edit]

Five years after the release of Cher's last album I Paralyze and her decision to focus on a film career, Cher signed with Geffen Records (which would later absorb one of her former labels, MCA Records) and was rushed to the studio to record what would become her comeback album. The self-titled album Cher was released in the fall of 1987. The record was produced by Michael Bolton, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child. Among the notable guest artists, Bonnie Tyler and Darlene Love were backing vocalists on "Perfection".

After a series of pop and disco records, Cher moved to a radio-friendly rock sound, which helped her get back onto the charts. The album includes a new version of her 1966 hit "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," Michael Bolton's "I Found Someone," which Bolton and Mark Mangold had originally written and composed for, and which had initially been recorded by, Laura Branigan, several songs written by Desmond Child, and two by Diane Warren, who would go on to write many more songs for the singer.[5]

The album reached #26 in the UK, and peaked at #32 on the US Billboard album charts.[6] The first single released from the album and its only UK top 10 hit was "I Found Someone," which reached #5 in the UK and #10 in the US.[7] The second single, "We All Sleep Alone," peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and just missed breaking the Adult Contemporary top 10 in the US, stalling at #11.[7] It was less successful in the UK, however, peaking at #47. The album's other singles were "Skin Deep," "Bang-Bang," and "Main Man," the last two released only as promo singles in North America.

This was also her second album to be named "Cher," as Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves was initially released under the name Cher before it was retitled following the success of the single of the same name.[8] She also released a similarly-titled studio album in 1966 entitled Chér.

Promotion[edit]

The album was promoted on Saturday Night Live, where she performed "I Found Someone" and "We All Sleep Alone", and on the Late Show with David Letterman, where she performed "I Found Someone" and "I Got You Babe". Later released on VHS, the Letterman performance would be her last with ex-husband Sonny Bono before his death. The album was also promoted on UK television.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Found Someone"Bolton3:42
2."We All Sleep Alone"
  • Bon Jovi
  • Sambora
  • Child
3:53
3."Bang-Bang" (1987 version)Sonny Bono
  • Bon Jovi
  • Sambora
  • Child
3:51
4."Main Man"ChildChild3:48
5."Give Our Love a Fightin' Chance"Child4:06
6."Perfection" (featuring Bonnie Tyler and Darlene Love)
  • Child
  • Warren
Child4:28
7."Dangerous Times"
  • Roger Bruno
  • Susan Pomerantz
  • Ellen Schwartz
Peter Asher3:01
8."Skin Deep"Lind4:16
9."Working Girl"
  • Child
  • Bolton
Child3:57
10."Hard Enough Getting Over You"
  • Bolton
  • Doug James
Bolton3:48

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[9]

  • Peter Asher – percussion, producer
  • Phillip Ashley – keyboards
  • Michael Bolton – producer, background vocals
  • Jon Bon Jovi – producer, background vocals
  • Jeff Bova – keyboards
  • Jimmy Bralower – drums
  • David Bryan – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Rosemary Butler – background vocals
  • Thom Cadley – assistant engineer
  • Elaine Caswell – background vocals
  • Cher – primary artist, vocals
  • Desmond Child – producer, background vocals
  • Michael Christopher – engineer
  • George Cowan – assistant engineer
  • Bridget Daly – assistant engineer
  • Patty d'Arcy – background vocals
  • Jim Dineen – assistant engineer
  • Debra Dobkin – background vocals
  • Michael Fisher – percussion
  • Chris Floberg – assistant engineer
  • Greg Fulginiti – original mastering
  • Albhy Galuten – drums, producer
  • Seth Glassman – bass
  • Mark Goldenberg
  • Diana Grasselli – background vocals
  • Jimmy Haslip – bass
  • Jay Healy – assistant engineer
  • Chris Isca – assistant engineer
  • Rob Jacobs – engineer
  • Doug Katsaros – keyboards
  • Chuck Kentis – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Daren Klein – engineer
  • Larry Klein – bass
  • Holly Knight – keyboards, background vocals
  • Craig Krampf – drum programming, drums
  • Matthew "Boomer" La Monica – assistant engineer
  • Chris Laidlaw – assistant engineer
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Will Lee – bass
  • Tony Levin – bass
  • Jolie Jones Levine – assistant producer
  • Jon Lind – producer
  • Ken Lomas – assistant engineer
  • Darlene Love – guest artist, vocals
  • Steve Lukather – guest artist, guitar
  • Bob Mackie – clothing/wardrobe, wardrobe
  • Gregg Mangiafico – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Bob Mann – guitar
  • Jerry Marotta – drums
  • Arnold McCuller – background vocals
  • John McCurry – guitar
  • Dave Meniketti – background vocals
  • Louis Merlino – background vocals
  • Mark Morgan – organ, synthesizer
  • Nancy Nash – background vocals
  • Chris Parker – drums
  • Mark Partis – engineer
  • Bill Payne – keyboards
  • Sir Arthur Payson – engineer
  • Frank Pekoc – assistant engineer
  • Csaba Petocz – engineer
  • John Putnam – guitar
  • Gabrielle Raumberger – art direction, design, hand tinting
  • Sharon Rice – assistant engineer
  • Vicki Sue Robinson – background vocals
  • Bob Rock – mixing
  • Matthew Rolston – photography
  • Richie Sambora – guitar, producer, background vocals
  • Brian Scheuble – assistant engineer
  • Michael Schmidt – clothing and wardrobe, wardrobe
  • Bernie Shanahan – background vocals
  • Ira Siegel – guitar
  • John Siegler – bass
  • Gary Solomon – assistant engineer
  • Ken Steiger – assistant engineer
  • Alec John Such – bass
  • Bette Sussman – piano
  • David Thoener – mixing
  • Michael Thompson – guitar
  • Tico Torres – drums
  • Ted Trewhella – assistant engineer
  • Joe Lynn Turner – vocals, background vocals
  • Red Turner – clothing and wardrobe
  • Bonnie Tyler – guest artist, vocals
  • Myriam Naomi Valle – background vocals
  • John Van Tongeren – synthesizer, synthesizer bass
  • Jim Vanzino – assistant engineer
  • Carlos Vega – drums
  • Bob Vogt – assistant engineer
  • Waddy Wachtel – guest artist, guitar
  • Diane Warren – background vocals
  • Julia Waters – background vocals
  • Maurice White – vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals
  • Melanie Williams – coordination
  • Frank Wolf – engineer, mixing
  • Gary Wright – assistant engineer
  • Shelly Yakus – engineer

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jose F. Promis. "Cher: Cher". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 158. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ "Cher: Cher". riaa.com.
  4. ^ "Cher: Cher". bpi.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Cher Review". CherScholar.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History- Cher". Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  7. ^ a b "Artist Chart History- Cher (Singles)". Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  8. ^ "Allmusic: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves". Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  9. ^ "Cher [1987] - Cher | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  13. ^ [1987&cat=a "Swedishcharts.com – Cher – Cher [1987]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Cher | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Cher Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  16. ^ "Top Pop Albums" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  17. ^ ARIA Cher data
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – Cher". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Cher in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Cher – Cher". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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