1979 Cher – Prisoner

Cher 1979Prisoner (initially planned to be released under the title Mirror Image) was Cher’s second album of 1979, and was released nine months after Take Me Home.

This was the last album of Cher’s to date to be produced by Bob Esty, with Esty and Michelle Aller contributing several of the songs. Compared to the disco style of Take Me Home, Prisoner featured a relatively New Wave sound. Prisoner also marked the first time that Cher released an album which featured songs that were written exclusively for her.

The producer wanted to take advantage of Cher’s image and the media obsession with her. On the front cover of the album, she appears to be completely naked, with long hair draped to cover her breasts. She is wrapped in chains and wearing a wide metal collar. Her wrists and ankles are tightly shackled with wide metal bands. The cover spurred controversy among some women’s rights groups for her perceived “sex slave” image.

Originally the album was planned to be titled “Mirror Image,” pointing out Cher’s known brave-side and her newly found ‘wild disco’ side. Since Cher wasn’t really into the album (she wanted to “rock out”) she kept on refusing songs on one hand and adding songs on the other hand. “Boys & Girls”, a more rock-based song was added by Cher. Since there was nothing left from the album’s original plan, the title was changed into “Prisoner” before release.

Prisoner has been released on CD together with the first Casablanca Records album Take me Home, in a CD entitled, The Casablanca Years. This CD unites all the tracks from both albums, merging them onto one single CD.

Tracks

1  Prisoner (David Paich) 5:49
2  Holdin’ Out For Love (Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) 4:19
3  Shoppin’ (Bob Esty, Michele Aller) 4:35
4  Boys & Girls (Billy Falcon) 3:57
5  Mirror Image (Michael Brooks, Bob Esty) 4:53
Hell on Wheels (Bob Esty, Michele Aller) 5:35
7  Holy Smoke! (Bob Esty, Michele Aller) 4:56
8  Outrageous (Bob Esty, Michele Aller) 3:12

Media

Musicians

1 Prisoner

Bass John Pierce
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Ira Newborn
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Piano Bob Esty
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Alan Estes
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Michele Aller
Background Vocals Bob Esty


2 Holdin’ Out For Love

Bass John Pierce
Keyboards Tom Snow
Background Vocals Michele Aller
Background Vocals Bob Esty


3 Shoppin’

Bass John Pierce
Drums Rick Shlosser
Guitar Ira Newborn
Piano Bob Esty


4 Boys & Girls

Bass John Pierce
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Ira Newborn
Guitar Joey Brasler
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Piano John Hobbs
Percussion Larry Emerine
Background Vocals Michele Aller
Background Vocals Bob Esty


5 Mirror Image

Bass John Pierce
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Ira Newborn
Piano Bob Esty
Piano John Hobbs


6 Hell on Wheels

Bass John Pierce
Drums Mike Baird
Guitar Ira Newborn
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Piano Bob Esty
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Alan Estes
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Michele Aller
Background Vocals Bob Esty


7 Holy Smoke!

Bass John Pierce
Drums Rick Shlosser
Guitar Ira Newborn
Piano Bob Esty
Organ Richard Tee
Percussion Victor Feldman
Background Vocals Michele Aller
Background Vocals Bob Esty


8 Outrageous

Bass John Pierce
Drums Alvin Taylor
Guitar Ira Newborn
Piano Bob Esty
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Trumpet Gary Grant
Sax Gary Herbig
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Arnold McCuller

Liner Notes

Producer, Arranged By, Conductor – Bob Esty
Co-producer, Engineer – Larry Emerine
Contractor – Trevor Veitch
Engineer (Additional Engineering) – Stephen Marcussen
Mastered By – Darrell Johnson
Photography By – Harry Langdon
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer