1979 Cher – Take Me Home

Cher 1979Take Me Home was Cher’s first album of 1979, and also her first released by Casablanca Records. It was produced by Bob Esty and Ron Dante, and most of the songs were written by Michele Aller and Bob Esty. This marked the beginning of her brief venture into disco music. Much to Cher’s chagrin, she was pressured into recording an album of this genre. From the album came a major comeback hit, “Take Me Home”. She contributed a lyrically self-penned song about her failed marriage to Gregg Allman on the closing ballad, “My Song (Too Far Gone)”. This album is dedicated to “Butterfly”.

The success of the title track boosted sales of the album and the album is also known for its alluring cover photograph of a scantily clad Cher in a gold Viking outfit which received a lot of attention at the time. “Take Me Home” was also the first album to have three tracks mixed: “Take Me Home” (12″ Mix), “Wasn’t It Good” (12″ Mix) and “Git Down (Guitar Grupie)” (12″ Mix) available on the “Hell on Wheels” single. Gene Simmons, her boyfriend at the time, received a credit on the album owing to his presence on the track “Git Down (Guitar Groupie)”.

Take Me Home has been released on CD together with her second Casablanca Records album, Prisoner, numerous times in a CD entitled The Casablanca Years. This CD unites all the tracks from both albums, merging them onto one single CD. The album was released in 1993 and rereleased in 1996 with a different cover. unreleased songs from the sessions include Oh God America & Sometime Somewhere written by Cher But she didn’t like her contributions so they were left off the inclusion of Take Me Home.

Tracks

Take Me Home (Michele Aller, Bob Esty) 6:42
Wasn’t It Good (Michele Aller, Bob Esty) 4:22
3  Say the Word (Michele Aller, Bob Esty) 4:56
4  Happy Was the Day We Met (Peppi Castro) 3:56
5  Git Down (Guitar Groupie) (Michele Aller, Bob Esty) 3:45
6  Love and Pain (Richard Bear) 3:23
7  Let This Be a Lesson to You (Tom Snow) 3:15
8  It’s Too Late (To Love Me Now) (Rory Michael Bourke, Gene Dobbins, Johnny Wilson) 3:39
9  My Song (Too Far Gone) (Cher, Brett Hudson, Mark Hudson) 3:56

Media

Musicians

1 Take Me Home

Bass Eddie Watkins Jr
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar WahWah Watson
Fender Rhodes Alan Lindgren
Piano Jai Winding
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Jon Joyce


2 Wasn’t It Good

Bass Eddie Watkins Jr
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar WahWah Watson
Clavinet Alan Lindgren
Keyboards Bob Esty
Piano Jai Winding
Sax Ernie Watts
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Jon Joyce


3 Say The Word

Bass Eddie Watkins Jr
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar WahWah Watson
Piano Alan Lindgren
Piano Jai Winding
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals David Lasley
Background Vocals Jon Joyce


4 Happy Was The Day We Met

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar WahWah Watson
Fender Rhodes Alan Lindgren
Piano Jai Winding
Sax Ernie Watts
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals Jon Joyce
Background Vocals Loren Farber


5 Git Down (Guitar Groupie)

Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo) Jerry Doucette
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Percussion Victor Feldman
Piano Greg Mathieson
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals Michele Aller


6 Love And Pain

Bass Will Lee
Drums Ron Zito
Guitar Ben Benay
Guitar Tim May
Keyboards Jai Winding
Keyboards Paul Schaffer
Percussion Alan Estes


7 Let This Be A Lesson to You

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Ira Newborn
Guitar Thom Rotella
Accoustic Guitar Ira Newborn
Clavinet Jai Winding
Fender Rhodes Alan Lindgren
Percussion Victor Feldman

8 It’s Too Late (To Love Me Now)

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Ed Greene
Guitar Thom Rotella
Accoustic Guitar Ira Newborn
Fender Rhodes Alan Lindgren
Pedal Steel Guitar Al Perkins
Piano Jai Winding
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Bob Esty
Background Vocals Jon Joyce
Background Vocals Loren Farber

9 My Song (Too Far Gone)

Bass Will Lee
Drums Ron Zito
Guitar Ben Benay
Guitar Tim May
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Keyboards Paul Schaffer
Percussion Alan Estes

Liner Notes

Producer – Bob Esty (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Producer – Ron Dante (Tracks 6, 8)
Executive-Producer – Charles Koppelman (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Arranged By (Background Arrangements) – Bob Esty, Michele Aller (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Arranged By, Conductor (Conducted By) – Bob Esty (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Arranged By, Conductor (Conducted By) – Paul Shaffer (Tracks 6, 9)
Contractor (Musical) – Trevor Veitch (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Coordinator (Production) – Darryl Peck (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Coordinator (Production) – Linda Gerrity (Tracks 6, 9)
Engineer (Additional) – Stephen Marcussen (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Recording) – Larry Emerine (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8),
Engineer (Recording) – Michael De Lugg (Tracks 6, 9)
Engineer (Remix) – Larry Emerine
Mastered By – Allen Zentz

Graphics – Stephen Lumel/Gribbitt!
Photography By – Barry Levine

Copyright (c) – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Manufactured By – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Distributed By – Casablanca Record And Filmworks, Inc.
Pressed By – Goldisc Recording Products, Inc.
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Remixed At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Allen Zentz Mastering
Recorded At – A&M Studios