Two the Hard Way

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Two the Hard Way
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Studio album by Allman and Woman
Released November 1977
Recorded 1977
Studio Record Plant, Los Angeles; Sunset Sound, Hollywood; Record Plant, New York City
Genre Pop rock
Length 31:35
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Gregg Allman, Johnny Sandlin, John Haeny
Cher chronology
Cherished
(1977)Cherished1977
Two the Hard Way
(1977)
Take Me Home
(1979)Take Me Home1979
Gregg Allman chronology
Playin' Up a Storm
(1977) Playin' Up a Storm1977
Two the Hard Way
(1977) Two the Hard Way1977
I'm No Angel
(1986) I'm No Angel1986
Singles from Two the Hard Way
  1. "Move Me"
    Released: 1977
  2. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]

Two the Hard Way is a studio album by American singer-actress Cher and the fourth studio album by American rock singer Gregg Allman released in November 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The album, billed to "Allman and Woman", was a critical and commercial failure and has sold fewer than 550,000 copies worldwide.

History[edit]

The product of the two musicians' unlikely and turbulent relationship and marriage, it attempted an even more unlikely musical melding of Allman's Southern rock with Cher's idiosyncratic, personality-driven pop. The uncharacteristically airbrushed cover notwithstanding, Allman's musical ideas and singing generally took the lead.

The album was not well-received; the 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide said "It's hard to imagine a more inappropriate combination ... It's the bottom of the barrel after a long fall for Gregg, and more of the same for Cher," and rated the album "Worthless". Two the Hard Way was not a commercial success either; by the time the 1983 edition of the same guide was published, the album was out of print. The album has never been issued on CD or iTunes. According to Billboard, Cher has ownership of the album's master tapes and Warner would be unable to reissue it without her consent or participation.[2]

To promote the release of the album Cher and Allman did a mini tour called Two the Hard Way Tour.

The title of the album is possibly a reference to the 1969 biker film Five The Hard Way.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Move Me" Fred Beckmeier, Vella M. Cameron, Steve Beckmeier, Jimmie Cameron 2:58
2. "I Found You Love" Alan Gordon 3:58
3. "Can You Fool" Michael Smotherman 3:21
4. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" Smokey Robinson 3:18
5. "We're Gonna Make It" Billy Davis, Carl Smith, Raynard Miner, Gene Barge 3:15
6. "Do What You Gotta Do" Jimmy Webb 3:26
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In For the Night" Ed Sanford, Johnny Townsend 3:34
2. "Shadow Dream Song" (Gregg Allman solo) Jackson Browne 3:43
3. "Island" (Cher solo) Allman, Colton, Nell, Trotter, Cher 4:25
4. "I Love Makin' Love to You" Benjamin Weisman, Evie Sands, Richard Germinero 3:49
5. "Love Me" Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 2:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Cher – lead vocals, harmony vocals
  • Gregg Allman – lead vocals, harmony vocals, organ, producer
  • Ricky Hirsch, John Leslie Hug, Fred Tackett, Scott Boyer – guitar
  • Randall Bramblett, Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades – saxophone
  • Harrison Calloway, Jim Horn – horn
  • Ben Cauley – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Dennis Good – trombone
  • Mickey Raphael – harmonica
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion
  • Willie Weeks – bass
  • Neil Larsen - piano, electric piano, clavinet, organ
  • Bill Stewart – drums
  • Clydie King, Doug Hayward, Pat Henderson, Russell Morris, Sherlie Matthews, Tim Schmit - backing vocals
  • Jimmy Webb - string and horn arrangements on "We're Gonna Make It" and "Do What You Gotta Do"
  • Ed Freeman - string arrangements
  • Sid Sharp - concertmaster
Technical
  • Johnny Sandlin – producer
  • John Haeny – producer on "You Really Got a Hold On Me" and "Do What You Gotta Do"
  • Tom Flye – engineer
  • David Pinkston – assistant engineer
  • John Cabalka - art direction
  • Brad Kanawyer - design
  • Bob Jacobs - artwork, photo hand tinting
  • Harry Langdon - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Two the Hard Way – Allman and Woman | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ask Billboard: Sharing Cher On CD". Billboard. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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