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 Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 39:48
Label Geffen
Producer Michael Bolton (tracks 1 & 10), Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora (tracks 2 & 3), Desmond Child (tracks 2-5, 6 & 9), Peter Asher (track 7), Jon Lind (track 8)
Cher chronology
I Paralyze
(1982)I Paralyze1982
Cher
(1987)
Heart of Stone
(1989)Heart of Stone1989
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Cher is the self-titled eighteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records.[3] Worldwide the album has sold 2 million copies.

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.[4]

The album reached #26 in the UK, and peaked at #32 on the US Billboard album charts.[5] 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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Found Someone" Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold 3:42
2. "We All Sleep Alone" Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child 3:53
3. "Bang-Bang" (1987 version) Sonny Bono 3:51
4. "Main Man" Child 3:48
5. "Give Our Love a Fightin' Chance" Child, Diane Warren 4:06
6. "Perfection" (featuring Bonnie Tyler and Darlene Love) Child, Warren 4:28
7. "Dangerous Times" Roger Bruno, Susan Pomerantz, Ellen Schwartz 3:01
8. "Skin Deep" Jon Lind, Mark Goldenberg 4:16
9. "Working Girl" Child, Bolton 3:57
10. "Hard Enough Getting Over You" Bolton, Doug James 3:48

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[8]

  • 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 Fuginiti – mastering
  • 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
  • Michael Hart 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 and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jose F. Promis. "Cher Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  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. ^ Allmusic Release Information Retrieved October 15, 2013
  4. ^ "Cher Review". CherScholar.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History- Cher". Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Artist Chart History- Cher (Singles)". Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves". Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  8. ^ "Cher [1987] - Cher | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  10. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "[1987&cat=a Swedishcharts.com – Cher – Cher [1987]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Cher | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Cher – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Cher. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Top Pop Albums" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ ARIA Cher data
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – Cher". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Cher in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  18. ^ "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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