It's a Man's World (Cher album)

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It's a Man's World
Studio album by Cher
Released November 6, 1995 (Europe)
June 25, 1996 (North America)
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop, rock, blues (Europe)
Pop, R&B (North America)
Length 63:31 (Europe)
49:23 (North America)
Label WEA (Europe)
Reprise (North America)
Producer Craig Kostich
Cher chronology
Greatest Hits: 1965–1992
It's a Man's World
Singles from It's a Man's World
  1. "Walking in Memphis"
    Released: October 13, 1995
  2. "One by One"
    Released: January 5, 1996 (Europe)
    June 4, 1996 (North America)
  3. "Not Enough Love in the World"
    Released: April 12, 1996
  4. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
    Released: August 1996
  5. "Paradise Is Here"
    Released: December 3, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

It's a Man's World is the 21st album by American singer-actress Cher released on November 6, 1995 by WEA, a label of Warner Music U.K.. This is also the start of her second stint with Warner Music Group. With an adjusted tracklist, the album was released in the United States on June 25, 1996 by Reprise Records. It peaked at #64 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and only sold 9,000 copies in that week. As of June 2003, the album has sold 194,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4] In the February 22, 1997 issue of the Billboard magazine, it was reported that the album sold 700,000 copies worldwide.[5][6] In the UK the album peaked at #10 and was certified Gold by BPI for selling more than 100,000 copies.

Album information[edit]

It's a Man's World found Cher singing 'unconventional' songs in a style more associated with the Deep South, rather than her more familiar pop and rock roots. The album also stands out for Cher stretching her vocals to head register for such songs as "One by One" and "The Gunman", getting out of her comfort zone of her trademark husky contralto.

Cher signed with Warner Music U.K. in 1994 and recorded It's a Man's World in London in 1995. That same year the album was released all over Europe with "Walking in Memphis" as its lead off single. In the same year, it was certified gold in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.[7]

The original album included fourteen songs, but when it was released in the United States in 1996 the setlist included only eleven songs. Three songs, "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)", "Don't Come Around Tonite" and "Shape of Things to Come" had been removed from the American release. The American release was also reviewed by critics as a 'mid-'90s R&B/pop phenomenon' due to the removal of these three rock songs and also due to five songs remixed to evoke a contemporary R&B feel. The new versions of those songs: "Not Enough Love in the World", "Paradise Is Here", "Angels Running", "What About the Moonlight" and "One by One" were labeled as album versions in the United States. Their new sound carried R&B influences, while their original versions were influenced by Southern rock and blues.

Because of the alterations, the American release was also compared to the style of Boyz II Men. One critic Jose F. Promis from Allmusic described the album as "one of the singer's finest", which justifies Cher as a true singer rather than a mere entertainer. While the album was temporarily sidelined by her dizzying worldwide success with Believe, in recent years it has been rediscovered and credited.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walking in Memphis"   Marc Cohn 4:00
2. "Not Enough Love in the World"   Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench 4:25
3. "One by One"   Cher*, Anthony Griffiths 5:06
4. "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)"   Daniel Walsh, Steve Barri, Michael Price, Michael Omartian 3:38
5. "Angels Running"   Patty Larkin 4:42
6. "Paradise Is Here"   Paul Brady 5:06
7. "I'm Blowin' Away"   Eric Kaz 4:05
8. "Don't Come Around Tonite"   Maia Sharp, Mark Addison 4:38
9. "What About the Moonlight"   Kathleen York, Michael Dorian 4:20
10. "The Same Mistake"   Marc Jordan, John Capek 4:30
11. "The Gunman"   Paddy McAloon 5:14
12. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"   Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe 5:16
13. "Shape of Things to Come"   Trevor Horn, Lol Creme 4:08
14. "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"   James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome 4:40


These are the covered songs on the album and their original singers.



  • Executive Producer: Craig Kostich

Original versions[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 5, 8, 9 original versions produced by Christopher Neil
  • Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 14 produced by Stephen Lipson
  • Tracks 4, 10, produced by Greg Penny
  • Tracks 11, 12, 13, produced by Trevor Horn

American remixes[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, were remixed by Sam Ward
  • Tracks 3, was remixed by Daniel Abraham
  • "The Gunman" was edited by the original song producer, Trevor Horn


  • Main Vocals: Cher
  • String Arrangements: Anne Dudley
  • Mixing: Steve Fitzmaurice


  • Photography: David Scheinmann

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Farber, Jim (1996-07-19). "It's a Man's World Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Ask Billboard: 'Very Best' Sells Very Well". Billboard. 2003-06-25. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ Who's Selling Where. Billboard 109 (8) (Nielsen N.V.). 22 February 1997. p. 46. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
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  14. ^ "1996-02-04 Top 40 Scottish Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
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