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Cher - 1991 Love Hurts

ALBUM: Love Hurts
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Cher - vocals

Guitars - Andrew Gold, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Glenn Sciurba, Keith Scott, Josh Sklair, Michael Thompson, Richie Zito * Bass - Randy Jackson, Larry Klein, Hugh McDonald, Mike Porcaro * Keyboards - Richie Zito, John Webster, Guy Roche, David Paich, David Garfield, Robbie Buchanan * Drums, Percussion - Luis Conte, Michael Fisher, Jim McGillveray, Carlos Vega, Mickey Curry, Mark Williams * String Arrangements - Howie Vickers, Scott Harper, David Campbell

TRACK LISTING: 01 Save Up All Your Tears * 02 Love Hurts * 03 Love And Understanding * 04 Fires Of Eden * 05 I'll Never Stop Loving You * 06 The Shoop Shoop Song * 07 One Small Step * 08 Could've Been You * 09 When Love Calls Your Name * 10 When Lovers Become Strangers * 11 Who You Gonna Believe * 12 The Shoop Shoop Song


1991 saw then rock diva Cher release her final 'rock oriented' album for the masses, following a pair of excellent albums: 1987's self titled release, plus 1989's 'Heart Of Stone'. Having modified her direction from pop to rock, Cher hit upon a motherlode of success, with her albums going gold/platinum all over the world, and cross-segmenting her appeal through MTV videos and of course her movie career, with starring roles in The Witches Of Eastwick, Suspect, Moonstruck (for which she won an Oscar) and Mermaids. The album title took its name from the well-worn track 'Love Hurts', and was produced by a handful of men with credentials in the business (see below). Ironically Cher dedicated the album to her then boyfriend Richie Sambora, who would later end his relationship and shack up with the former Mrs Tommy Lee - Heather Locklear. You'll notice on the album a whole bunch of co-writes, with the likes of Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Sue Shifrin, David Cassidy, Bob Halligan Jnr, not forgetting the Kissters Stanley and Simmons..The Songs

The Songs
In track order we go:

'Save Up All Your Tears' was released as the second single in the US. It was covered previously by both Bonnie Tyler (1988) and Robin Beck (1989). This one was a Desmond Child and Dianne Warren composition.

'Love Hurts' as mentioned, is a cover of the hit single initially released by The Everly Brothers way back in 1960. It has since been recorded by Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb, Jim Capaldi and Corey Hart, but the best known version is the Nazareth one from 1975. Apparently, Cher released this is an unsuccessful track back in 1975 herself, but re-recorded it sixteen years later. No doubt if you were perusing Cher's I-pod, this track must surely be among them!

'Love And Understanding' was the first single lifted off the album. The Diane Warren penned composition was considerably more pop than rock, and achieved high chart placings worldwide.

'Fires Of Eden' puts Cher back into a purists sense of AOR, with a John Parr like structure.

'I'll Never Stop Loving You' is a classy sounding affair, with the songwriting skills of husband and wife team Sue Shifrin and David Cassidy, with John Wetton as the additional co-write.

Richard Page from Mr Mister joins Cher on the hi-tech arrangement 'One Small Step', though the song itself is sadly not that memorable really.

'A World Without Heroes' is a cover of the KISS originally heard on 'The Elder' album ten years earlier. Cher's version of it is very melodic, and is sung much better than the original.

Bob Halligan Jnr contributes 'Could've Been You' which appeared on his album 'Window In The Wall' the same year this album came out. I like both versions, and to be fair, Cher is the recognised singer here.. so.. she wins!

'When Love Calls Your Name' is a likeable mid-tempo track with lovely acoustic elements and some cool solo work by messrs Thompson and Lukather.

Continuing the mid-tempo semi-ballad direction is 'When Lovers Become Strangers', the third of the Diane Warren contributions.

Reverting back to the style which was prevalent on 1989's 'Heart Of Stone' is 'Who You Gonna Believe'. This one has a harder edge to it, with racy synths and heavied up guitar riffs to compliment it.

My pressing of the CD also includes Cher's huge hit from earlier in the 1991 year, 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' which was taken from the movie 'Mermaids'. It's not a song I like, but it was hugely successful nonetheless.

In Summary
This would be the last of her three album deal with Geffen, and from this point onward, Cher would leave the rock ballad format alone, and head into the club dance/trance scene with her 1999 best-selling single 'Believe' (plus album) and 2002's 'Living Proof' charting new waters for her. Still, a reminder of her 'rock vixen' days should not be diminished in any way, this one, plus 'Heart Of Stone' in particular, should be well adorned CD's in your collection.

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#1 | jeffduran on July 12 2008 18:57:01
Excellent AOR from Cher!
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 13 2008 08:32:47
Not bad at all
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 17 2008 20:07:15
I met Cher once. It was while she was dating Richie Sambora. She turned up at Bon Jovi's club gig at the Astoria in London. She looked like a Goth that night! A nice lady though (so was Heather Locklear).
Cher's earlier works for Casablanca just prior to the Black Rose album are actually worth tracking down. They aren't as bad musically as you'd think!
#4 | gdazegod on July 17 2008 21:49:18
The S/t and 'Heart Of Stone' albums are also in the pipeline..
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