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)
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 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 edition (one disc)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Believe"  
3:59
2. "If I Could Turn Back Time"   Diane Warren
4:00
3. "Heart of Stone"   Peter Asher 4:11
4. "Just Like Jesse James"  
Child 4:07
5. "Save Up All Your Tears"  
  • Child
  • Warren
4:00
6. "After All" (Love theme from Chances Are) (duet with Peter Cetera) Asher 4:05
7. "I Found Someone"   Bolton 3:44
8. "One by One" (Junior Vasquez Vocal Edit) Anthony Griffiths Stephen Lipson 4:23
9. "Strong Enough"  
  • Taylor
  • Barry
  • Taylor
  • Rawling
3:43
10. "All or Nothing"  
  • Taylor
  • Barry
  • Taylor
  • Rawling
3:58
11. "Song for the Lonely" (Edit)
  • Taylor
  • Barry
  • Torch
  • Taylor
  • Rawling
3:22
12. "Take Me Home" (Edit)
  • Michele Aller
  • Bob Esty
Esty 3:28
13. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"   Rudy Clark Asher 2:52
14. "All I Really Want to Do"   Bob Dylan Sonny Bono 2:58
15. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"   Bono Bono 2:44
16. "Half-Breed"  
Snuff Garrett 2:45
17. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"   Bob Stone Garrett 2:36
18. "Dark Lady"   Johnny Durrill Garrett 3:28
19. "The Beat Goes On" (Sonny & Cher) Bono Bono 3:29
20. "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) Bono Bono 3:11
21. "A Different Kind of Love Song" (Rodney Jerkins Main Mix (Faster)) 4:19

North American special edition bonus disc: Live! The Farewell Tour[edit]

International edition (two discs)[edit]

French edition (one disc)[edit]

UK edition (one disc)[edit]

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]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States April 1, 2003 Warner Bros. 1CD 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 1CD 50466 8588 2
United Kingdom November 24, 2003 1CD 50466 8586 2
Japan January 21, 2004 2CD WPCR-11751-2

References[edit]

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