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 (US)
Recorded 1964–2001
Genre
Length 72:00 (US)
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David McLees
Cher chronology
Living Proof
(2001)Living Proof2001
The Very Best of Cher
(2003)
Live! The Farewell Tour
(2003)Live! The Farewell Tour2003
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 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 US 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]

International edition: disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Believe" (from Believe, 1998)
4:01
2. "Strong Enough" (from Believe, 1998)
  • Mark Taylor
  • Barry
  • Mark Taylor
  • Rawling
3:43
3. "If I Could Turn Back Time" (from Heart of Stone, 1989) Diane Warren
4:03
4. "I Found Someone" (from Cher, 1987) Bolton 3:46
5. "Song for the Lonely" (from Living Proof, 2001)
  • Mark Taylor
  • Barry
  • Torch
  • Mark Taylor
  • Rawling
3:29
6. "Walking in Memphis" (from It's a Man's World, 1995) Marc Cohn Christopher Neil 3:58
7. "Just Like Jesse James" (from Heart of Stone, 1989)
Child 4:07
8. "One by One" (from It's a Man's World, 1995) Anthony Griffiths Stephen Lipson 5:06
9. "Love and Understanding" (from Love Hurts, 1991) Warren
  • Roche
  • Warren
4:44
10. "Save Up All Your Tears" (from Love Hurts, 1991)
  • Child
  • Warren
4:00
11. "Più che puoi" (Eros Ramazzotti featuring Cher, from Stilelibero, 2001)
Rick Nowels 4:11
12. "Love Can Build a Bridge" (with Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry) Peter Asher 4:16
13. "Take Me Home" (from Take Me Home, 1979)
  • Michele Aller
  • Bob Esty
Esty 3:26
14. "Rudy" (from I Paralyze, 1982) David Wolfert 3:54
15. "Bad Love" (from Foxes soundtrack, 1980) Moroder 5:29
16. "When the Money's Gone" (from Living Proof, 2001)
  • Roberts
  • Warren Rigg
3:44
17. "All or Nothing" (from Believe, 1998)
  • Mark Taylor
  • Barry
  • Mark Taylor
  • Rawling
4:00
18. "Alive Again" (from Living Proof, 2001)
  • Chicane
  • Mark Taylor
  • Nigel Butler
  • Hedges
4:19
19. "A Different Kind of Love Song" (from Living Proof, 2001) 3:51
International edition: disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" (from Mermaids soundtrack, 1990) Rudy Clark Asher 2:53
2. "Heart of Stone" (from Heart of Stone, 1989) Asher 4:20
3. "Dov'è l'amore" (Emilio Estefan Jnr. Mix, from Believe, 1998)
  • Mark Taylor
  • Barry
Mark Taylor 3:44
4. "The Music's No Good Without You" (from Living Proof, 2001)
  • Cher
  • James Thomas
  • Mark Taylor
  • Barry
  • Thomas
  • Jeff Taylor
  • Mark Taylor
4:42
5. "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" (from Chér, 1971) Bob Stone Snuff Garrett 2:38
6. "Half-Breed" (from Half-Breed, 1973)
Garrett 2:46
7. "Dark Lady" (from Dark Lady, 1974) Johnny Durrill Garrett 3:29
8. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) (from Look at Us, 1965) Sonny Bono Bono 3:09
9. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) (from In Case You're in Love, 1967) Bono Bono 3:29
10. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (original version, from The Sonny Side of Chér, 1966) Bono Bono 3:54
11. "The Way of Love" (from Chér, 1971)
Garrett 2:34
12. "All I Really Want to Do" (from All I Really Want to Do, 1965) Bob Dylan Bono 2:58
13. "Train of Thought" (from Dark Lady, 1974) Alan O'Day Garrett 2:34
14. "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (Sonny & Cher) (from All I Ever Need Is You, 1971) Bono
  • Bono
  • Garrett
3:14
15. "We All Sleep Alone" (from Cher, 1987)
  • Bon Jovi
  • Sambora
  • Child
3:54
16. "Love Hurts" (from Love Hurts, 1991) Boudleaux Bryant Zito 4:19
17. "Not Enough Love in the World" (from It's a Man's World', 1995) Lipson 4:23
18. "Born With the Hunger" (from Not.com.mercial, 2000) Shirley Eikhard
  • Cher
  • Roberts
4:05
19. "After All" (Love theme from Chances Are) (duet with Peter Cetera, from Heart of Stone, 1989) Asher 4:07
20. "All I Ever Need Is You" (Sonny & Cher) (from All I Ever Need Is You, 1971) Garrett 2:38
21. "Baby Don't Go" (Sonny & Cher) (from Baby Don't Go, 1965) Bono Bono 3:05
22. "Dead Ringer for Love" (Meat Loaf featuring Cher, from Dead Ringer, 1981) Jim Steinman
4:24
23. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (from Cher, 1987) Bono
  • Bon Jovi
  • Child
  • Sambora
3:51
Notes
  • "Believe" features writing contribution by Cher who remains uncredited.[7]

Personnel[edit]

  • Producers: Sonny Bono,[8] 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[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[38] Platinum 60,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] 2× Platinum 2,800,000[5]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States April 1, 2003 Warner Bros. CD R2 73852
August 26, 2003 2CD R2 73956
Germany August 29, 2003 Warner Music 2CD 25646 0864 2
Canada September 1, 2003 Warner Bros. WTVD 60864
Australia September 2003 Warner Music 25646 0864 5
France September 22, 2003 CD 50466 8588 2
United Kingdom November 24, 2003 CD 50466 8586 2
Japan January 21, 2004 2CD WPCR-11751-2

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