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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 11, 1977
StudioLarrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA
LabelWarner Bros.
Cher chronology
I'd Rather Believe in You
Two the Hard Way
Singles from Cherished
  1. "Pirate"
    Released: 1976
  2. "War Paint and Soft Feathers"
    Released: 1977

Cherished is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on August 11, 1977 as Cher's final studio album released by Warner Bros. Records. This album, like several other predecessors, was a commercial failure and failed to chart. The album was promoted by the release of the lead single, "Pirate" which charted at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a second single, "War Paint and Soft Feathers" which failed to chart. "Pirate" was the only single from the 70s Warner era to chart despite the album being her lowest selling album of her entire career.

Album information[edit]

Cherished was the last Cher studio album produced by Snuff Garrett.[1] Although The Cher Show was a top 10 ratings hit, the 1975-77 period was unsuccessful for her, and Cherished did no better than its predecessors, Stars and I'd Rather Believe in You. The album sold very little, failed in the charts and was ignored by critics and fans. Also, Cher was dissatisfied with the final results of the album, and in an interview, she said that she never enjoyed making this album and only made it because of the contract deal with Warner Bros.

The style of the record recalls past hits "Dark Lady" and "Half Breed". Cherished is also Cher's first album without her name on the cover because the title of the album is a pun of the Cher name.

Two unsuccessful singles were released. The first was "Pirate", which reached #93 in Billboard. This song was also the first track on some versions of I'd Rather Believe in You, and in Australia the track was retitled "Images". A follow-up to "Pirate", "War Paint and Soft Feathers", did not chart.

As with her other two Warner Bros. releases, Cherished has never had a legitimate reissue in any format. According to Billboard, Cher owned this album's master rights and Warner had no right to reissue.[2] However, in August 20, 2021, Cher released all 11 tracks, "restored and remastered", on her YouTube channel.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

The Los Angeles Times noted that "Cher is pleasant but again unchallenged by the material."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  • Steve Dorff
  • Larry Herbstritt
  • Gary Harju
2."He Was Beautiful"
  • Gloria Sklerov
  • Harry Lloyd
3."War Paint and Soft Feathers"
  • Cloretta Kay Miller
  • Sandy Pinkard
  • Al Capps
4."Love the Devil Out of Ya"
5."She Loves to Hear the Music"3:10
Side two
1."L.A. Plane"
  • Harju
  • Herbstritt
2."Again"Joe Allen2:30
  • Durrill
  • Pinkard
4."Send the Man Over"
  • Durrill
  • Pinkard


  • Cher - lead vocals
  • Steve Dorff, Al Capps - arranger, conductor
  • Snuff Garrett - record producer
  • Lenny Roberts - sound engineer
  • Randy Tominaga - assistant engineer
  • Taavi Mote - assistant engineer
  • Harry Langdon - photography


  1. ^ Cassata, Mary Anne (2002). The Cher Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 198.
  2. ^ "Ask Billboard: Sharing Cher On CD". Billboard. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  3. ^ Cherished at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  4. ^ Blume, Dave (Sep 25, 1977). "Pop Album Briefs". Calendar. Los Angeles Times. p. 76.

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