RELEASE
January 01, 1995
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Album Review

This ten-song budget-priced compilation has been kicking around Cher's discography for years, confusing lots of younger fans who mistake it for the similarly titled Half-Breed album, from 1974. As it happens, there are a couple of songs (including the title track) from the latter album here, along with material off of Dark Lady, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, and other MCA albums of the same period, among them several major hits -- and they're all excellent, capturing the singer as she was emerging as a major star in her own right. Anyone discovering the music represented here for the first time will recognize instantly the virtues that Cher brought to her music -- a relatively narrow singing range coupled with tremendous intensity and passion, and an ability to meld that projection with her acting skills (which wouldn't emerge in an obvious way for a few more years) into an incredibly powerful experience for the listener. The material ranges from topical ("Half-Breed") to pure pop ("Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," "The Way of Love"), almost outside the definition of "rock" as anyone under 30 defined it back then. And it may also all seem a bit over the top by any objective standard, but so was Cher as a personality during this period in her life and career. And despite the short running time, this CD is a fine little introduction to the second phase of her music career, for those who need it.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gypsies-tramps-and-thieves/id256916398?i=256916401&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Don't Hide Your Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dont-hide-your-love/id256916398?i=256916417&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. The First Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-first-time/id256916398?i=256916434&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Let Me Down Easyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/let-me-down-easy/id256916398?i=256916446&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Half-Breedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/half-breed/id256916398?i=256916455&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Dark Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dark-lady/id256916398?i=256916460&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Carousel Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/carousel-man/id256916398?i=256916466&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Song for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/song-for-you/id256916398?i=256916473&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Train of Thought [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/train-of-thought/id256916398?i=256916484&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. The Way of Love [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-way-of-love/id256916398?i=256916496&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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