The Very Best of Cher

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The Very Best of Cher
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Greatest hits album by Cher
Released April 1, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded 1965/2003
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop, disco, house
Length 72:00 (U.S.)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David McLees
Cher chronology
Living Proof
(2001)
The Very Best of Cher
(2003)
Live! The Farewell Tour
(2003/2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Very Best of Cher is the eighth compilation album by American singer-actress Cher, released on April 1, 2003. The album includes many of Cher's most popular songs, such as "If I Could Turn Back Time", "Believe", "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "Take Me Home". It debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 albums chart and later reached at number four on the issue date of May 17.[3][4] As of November 2011, the album had sold 2.8 million copies in the United States.[5]

Album information[edit]

The Very Best of Cher was released by Warner Bros. Records, MCA, and Geffen Records. The original U.S. edition features 21 tracks, while the various later editions typically feature more songs or different selections.[6]

The album originally coincided with the Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. The album cover picture is also seen on the DVD Cher: The Farewell Tour Live in Miami and was originally planned to be the DVD cover of The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection as well, but was changed last minute.

Track listing[edit]

North American version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Believe"   Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray, Timothy Powell Believe 4:01
2. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Diane Warren Heart of Stone 4:03
3. "Heart of Stone"   Andy Hill, Pete Sinfield Heart of Stone 4:20
4. "Just Like Jesse James"   Warren, Desmond Child Heart of Stone 4:07
5. "Save Up All Your Tears"   Warren, Child Love Hurts 4:00
6. "After All" (Love Theme from Chances Are) (with Peter Cetera) Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford Heart of Stone 4:07
7. "I Found Someone"   Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold Cher 3:46
8. "One by One" (Junior Vasquez Vocal Edit) Anthony Griffiths It's a Man's World 4:06
9. "Strong Enough"   Mark Taylor, Barry Believe 3:43
10. "All or Nothing"   Taylor, Barry Believe 4:00
11. "Song for the Lonely" (Edit) Taylor, Barry, Torch Living Proof 3:29
12. "Take Me Home" (Edit) Bob Esty, Michele Aller Take Me Home 3:26
13. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"   Rudy Clark Mermaids 2:53
14. "All I Really Want to Do"   Bob Dylan All I Really Want to Do 2:58
15. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"   Sonny Bono The Sonny Side of Chér 3:54
16. "Half-Breed"   Mary Dean, Al Capps Half-Breed 2:46
17. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"   Bob Stone Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves 2:38
18. "Dark Lady"   Johnny Durrill Dark Lady 3:29
19. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) Bono In Case You're in Love 3:29
20. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) Bono Look at Us 3:09
21. "A Different Kind of Love Song" (Rodney Jerkins Main Mix - Faster) Johan Aberg, Michelle Lewis, Sigurd Rosnes Living Proof 4:51

International version[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Believe"   Higgins, McLennen, Barry, Torch, Gray, Powell Believe 4:01
2. "Strong Enough"   Taylor, Barry Believe 3:43
3. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Warren Heart of Stone 4:03
4. "I Found Someone"   Bolton, Mangold Cher 3:46
5. "Song for the Lonely" (Edit) Taylor, Barry, Torch Living Proof 3:29
6. "Walking in Memphis"   Marc Cohn It's a Man's World 3:58
7. "Just Like Jesse James"   Warren, Child Heart of Stone 4:07
8. "One by One"   Griffiths It's a Man's World 5:06
9. "Love and Understanding"   Warren Love Hurts 4:44
10. "Save Up All Your Tears"   Warren, Child Love Hurts 4:00
11. "Più che puoi" (with Eros Ramazzotti) Eros Ramazzotti, Galbiati Stile Libero 4:11
12. "Love Can Build a Bridge" (with Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry) John Barlow Jarvis, Naomi Judd, Paul Overstreet Non-album single 4:16
13. "Take Me Home" (Edit) Esty, Aller Take Me Home 3:26
14. "Rudy"   Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo, Dennis Frederiksen, Howie Epstein, Jimmy Hunter, Mark Maierhoffer I Paralyze 3:54
15. "Bad Love"   Cher, Giorgio Moroder Previously unreleased 5:29
16. "When the Money's Gone"   Bruce Roberts, Donna Weiss Living Proof 3:44
17. "All or Nothing"   Taylor, Barry Believe 4:00
18. "Alive Again"   Nick Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges, Tracy Ackerman Living Proof 4:19
19. "A Different Kind of Love Song"   Aberg, Lewis, Rosnes Living Proof 3:51
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"   Clark Love Hurts 2:53
2. "Heart of Stone"   Hill, Sinfield Heart of Stone 4:20
3. "Dov'è l'amore" (Emilio Estefan Jnr. Mix) Taylor, Barry Believe 3:44
4. "The Music's No Good Without You"   Cher, James Thomas, Taylor, Barry Living Proof 4:42
5. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"   Stone Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves 2:38
6. "Half-Breed"   Dean, Capps Half-Breed 2:46
7. "Dark Lady"   Durrill Dark Lady 3:29
8. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) Bono Look at Us 3:09
9. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) Bono In Case You're In Love 3:29
10. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"   Bono The Sonny Side of Chér 3:54
11. "The Way of Love"   Al Stillman, Jacques Dieval Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves 2:34
12. "All I Really Want to Do"   Dylan All I Really Want to Do 2:58
13. "Train of Thought"   Alan O'Day Dark Lady 2:34
14. "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (Sonny & Cher) Bono All I Ever Need Is You 3:14
15. "We All Sleep Alone"   Jon Bon Jovi, Child, Richie Sambora Cher 3:54
16. "Love Hurts" (1991 version) Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant Love Hurts 4:19
17. "Not Enough Love in the World"   Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, Benmont Tench It's a Man's World 4:23
18. "Born With the Hunger"   Shirley Eikhard Not.com.mercial 4:05
19. "After All" (with Peter Cetera) Snow, Pitchford Heart of Stone 4:07
20. "All I Ever Need Is You" (Sonny & Cher) Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves All I Ever Need Is You 2:38
21. "Baby Don't Go" (Sonny & Cher) Bono Non-album single 3:05
22. "Dead Ringer for Love" (with Meat Loaf) Jim Steinman Dead Ringer 4:24
23. "Bang-Bang" (1987 version) Bono Cher 3:51

Production and credits[edit]

Cher's best selling record was received with positive reviews.

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  • Producers: Sonny Bono,[7] Peter Asher, Michael Bolton, Desmond Child, Bob Esty, Snuff Garrett, Steve Lipson, Giorgio Moroder, Brian Rawling, Guy Roche, Bob Rock, Mark Taylor, Diane Warren, Richie Zito
  • Executive producer: Cher
  • Compilation producer: David MacLees
  • Remastering: Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch
  • Remixing: Junior Vasquez
  • Editorial supervision: Sheryl Farber
  • Annotation: Steve Woolard
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden
  • Art direction: Hugh Brown
  • Design: Barrie Goshko
  • Photography: Sonny Bono
  • Photography: Norman Seeff
  • Photography: Harry Langdon
  • Photography: Kevyn Aucoin
  • Project assistant: Leigh Hall
  • Project assistant: April Milek
  • Project assistant: Randy Perry
  • Project assistant: Tim Scanlin
  • Liner notes: Kurt Loder

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 159. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/Billboard-200/2003-04-19
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/Billboard-200/2003-05-17
  5. ^ "Ask Billboard: Cher Information, Yes?". Billboard. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ "All Music: The Very Best of Cher". Allmusic. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ Production and credits
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  10. ^ "Canadian 100 Albums chart: 18 September 2003". Jam! Canoe. 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
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  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-albums-chart/20040111/40
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299062/cher/chart?f=305
  14. ^ aCharts (2003). "aCharts Special edition; 2003". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  15. ^ Australian Albums Chart of 2003 ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2003 . Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  16. ^ "Chart of the Year 2003" (in Danish). Top20.dk. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  17. ^ "Cher - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of Cher". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Very Best of 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
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Cher – The Very Best of Cher". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH