Heart of Stone (Cher album)

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Heart of Stone
Studio album by Cher
Released June 19, 1989
Recorded 1988/89
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 47:57
Label Geffen
Producer Peter Asher, Michael Bolton, John Kalodner, Jon Lind, Diane Warren, Guy Roche
Cher chronology
Heart of Stone
Love Hurts
Alternative cover
Original album artwork
Singles from Heart of Stone
  1. "After All"
    Released: February 21, 1989
  2. "If I Could Turn Back Time"
    Released: June 1, 1989
  3. "Just Like Jesse James"
    Released: October, 1989
  4. "Heart of Stone"
    Released: January, 1990
  5. "You Wouldn't Know Love"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Heart of Stone is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 19, 1989 by Geffen Records.[2] It is one of Cher's best-selling albums with more than 4 million copies sold worldwide as of January 1991.[3] The album was supported by her 1990 sold-out Heart of Stone Tour.

Album information[edit]

Heart of Stone was released in 1989 and was her second studio album for Geffen Records. As with her previous album Cher, Peter Asher, Jon Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Guy Roche and Desmond Child performed songwriting and/or producing duties. Bonnie Tyler and Michael Bolton performed background vocals on the song "Emotional Fire", which was an outtake from Bolton's 1987 album The Hunger, as was "Starting Over" (Demo versions of the song exist in bootleg form). The album was recorded in late 1988/early 1989, during the third year of Cher's relationship with Rob Camilletti, to whom she dedicated the album.

Heart of Stone reached number ten in the United States, number seven in the United Kingdom, and by topping the charts in Australia, Heart of Stone became Geffen's first international number one album.[4] It was her first solo album in the United States (Sonny and Cher's debut album Look at Us reached number two and stayed there for eight weeks) to reach the top 10. Further on in her career, Cher would go on to have four more top ten albums - Believe, Living Proof, The Very Best of Cher and Closer to the Truth. It peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for sales of 209,000 copies. The album has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States, with 964,000 of those units sold since early 1991, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began counting actual sales that same year.[5]

The album was first released with artwork, and later re-released with more conventional studio photos. The original was a painting by Octavio Ocampo, featuring Cher sitting beside a stone heart, creating the illusion of a skull (see infobox picture).[4] The artwork was changed shortly after its release, making copies with the original artwork collector's items.

She recorded two other songs for the album, "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" and "Some Guys", but neither made the final cut. A remixed version of "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" was included on the Geffen compilation album If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits. The reissue of that album, per Cher's request, does not include the song. A demo version of "Some Guys" was included on the "If I Could Turn Back Time" 7- and 12-inch singles.

"Heart of Stone" and "If I Could Turn Back Time" were both slightly remixed for the single. The "Heart of Stone" remix is available on CD on the compilation If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits issued by Geffen Records.

The album produced three top 10 hits as well as a top 20 hit with the title track.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Diane Warren 4:16
2. "Just Like Jesse James"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:06
3. "You Wouldn't Know Love"   Michael Bolton, Diane Warren 3:30
4. "Heart of Stone"   Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield 4:21
5. "Still in Love with You"   Michael Bolton, Bob Halligan 3:08
6. "Love on a Rooftop"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:22
7. "Emotional Fire"   Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Michael Bolton 3:53
8. "All Because of You"   Jon Lind, Sue Schifrin 3:30
9. "Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?"   Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:12
10. "Starting Over"   Michael Bolton, Jonathan Cain 4:09
11. "Kiss to Kiss"   Lind, Mary D'astugues, Phil Galdston 4:23
12. "After All" (with Peter Cetera) Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford 4:07

Additional notes

  • "If I Could Turn Back Time" from first copies (original cover) got length 4:16, different than others copies (CD and LP new cover).
  • "After All" is the Love theme from Chances Are.

Personnel and production[6][edit]

  • Track 1 Produced by Diane Warren & Guy Roche.
    • Recorded & Mixed by Frank Wolf; assisted by Guy Roche
    • Drums, Percussion: Mark T. Williams; Bass: John Pierce; Keyboards: Guy Roche, Alan Pasqua; Guitars: Steve Lukather, Glenn Sciurba, Gene Black; Backing vocals: Desmond Child, Michael Anthony, Robin Beck, Jean McClain, Jimmy Demers
  • Tracks 2, 7 & 9 Produced By Desmond Child
    • Recorded & mixed by Sir Arthur Payson, with track 2 mixed by Mick Guzauski
    • Drums: Bobby Chouinard; Bass: Hugh McDonald; Keyboards: Alan St. Jon (tracks 2 & 9), Eric Rehl (track 7); **Guitars: John McCurry, (tracks 2 & 9), John Putnam (track 2), Steve Lukather, Blues Saraceno (both track 7), Ron Mancuso (track 9)
  • Tracks 3, 5 & 10 Arranged & produced by Michael Bolton
  • Tracks 4, 6 & 12 Produced by Peter Asher; associate producer on track 12: Frank Wolf
  • Tracks 8 & 11 Produced by Jon Lind
    • Recorded & mixed by Mick Guzauski, with engineering assistance by Frank Wolf & Paul Klingberg
    • Drums: John Keane; Percussion on track 11: Debra Dobkin; Bass: John Pierce; Piano & synth on track 8, All Keyboards on track 11: John Schreiner; Additional synth on track 8: Jim Lang; Guitars: Michael Thompson
  • Mastered by Dan Hersch; assisted by David Donnelly

Recording studios and assistant engineers[edit]

  • The Complex: Duane Seykora, Craig Porteils
  • Village Recorders: Jeff DeMorris, Charlie Brocco, Rob Hart, Charley Pollard
  • The Hit Factory: Rich Travali, Joe Pirrera, Dary Sulich, Barbera Milne, Tim Leitner, Paul Logus
  • Conway Recording: Richard McKernan, Debbie Johnson
  • Cherokee Studios: Jay Lean
  • Ocean Way: Stacy Baird, Clark Germaine
  • Summa Music Group: Ryan Dorn, Robin Laine, Paula "Max" Garcia
  • Bearsville: George Cowan
  • Electric Lady: Bridget Daly
  • Right Track: John Herman
  • Paradise Studios: Keith Goldstein
  • RPM Studios: "Iron" Mike Krowiak
  • Power Station: Ben Fowler
  • Criterion Studios: Mario Luccy
  • Bill Schnee Studios: Ken Allardyce
  • Studio Ultima: Tom Biener
  • Lion Share: Ray Pyle
  • Ignited Productions: Jeff Welch
  • Devonshire: Larry Goodwin


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[27] 4× Platinum 400,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 15,000^
Sweden (GLF)[29] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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Preceded by
Storm Front by Billy Joel
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 20–26, 1989
Succeeded by
...But Seriously by Phil Collins