1982 Cher – I Paralyze

I Paralyze is the 17th album by American singer-actress Cher, released on May 28, 1982 by Columbia Records. This album was a commercial failure and failed to chart. Following the record’s release, Cher took a five year hiatus from music to focus on a film career.
Released in 1982, this was her only album for Columbia Records. The record was produced by John Farrar (of Olivia Newton-John fame) and David Wolpert and it is her first collaboration with composer and producer Desmond Child. The album was promoted only on American Bandstand and Solid Gold, and because of the lack of promotion it failed to chart and was largely ignored by critics (though one who did review it mistakenly called the album I’m Paralyzed). The album it was made in CD for the first time in 1989 By The Entertainment Company Columbia Records CBS Records International. Later, in 1999, the album was reissued on the Varèse Sarabande reissue label and was reevaluated by fans.

The album contains various musical styles: the rock style of Black Rose on cuts such as “Walk With Me”, “The Book of Love”, and “Rudy”; a slight country sound in “I Paralyze”; some ballads such as “When the Love is Gone” and “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?”; and an “old 80’s” style on “Back On the Street Again” (a retitled cover of The Babys’ “Back on My Feet Again”) and “Games”. “Rudy” and “I Paralyze” were released as singles to promote the album, but they were both unsuccessful. “Rudy” was originally recorded by French singer Dalida as “Quand je n’aime plus, je m’en vais”. In 1981 Cher recorded a song with Meat Loaf called “Dead Ringer for Love”; the song was a hit in UK, but did not appear in the final cut of the album.

Tracks

1  Rudy (Fergie Frederiksen, Henri Belolo, Howie Epstein, Jacques Morali, James Hunter, Mark Maierhoffer) 3:54
2  Games (Andrea Farber, Vince Melamed) 3:57
3  I Paralyze (John Farrar, Steve Kipner) 3:49
4  When The Love Is Gone (Desmond Child) 4:04
5  Say What’s On Your Mind (J Gottschalk) 4:06
6  Back On The Street Again (Dominic King, Frank Musker, John Waite) 3:19
7  Walk With Me (David Wolfert, Desmond Child) 3:32
8  Book Of Love (Desmond Child) 3:23
9  Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (Dorsey Burnette, Michael Smotherman) 4:13

Media

Musicians

Bass Nathan East
Drums George Hawkins
Drums Rick Shlosser
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Carlos Rios
Guitar David Wolfert
Guitar John Farrar
Guitar Sid McGinnis
Guitar Thom Rotella
Keyboards Jai Winding
Organ Ralph Schuckett
Synthesizer David Wolfert
Synthesizer Ed Walsh
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Sax Gary Herbig
Percussion Richard Crooks
Background Vocals Denise Maynelli
Background Vocals Marti McCall
Background Vocals Myrna Matthews
Background Vocals Richard Page
Background Vocals Steve George
Background Vocals Tom Kelly
Background Vocals John Farrar

Other Musicians


5 Say What’s On Your Mind

Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar (solo) Sid McGinnis

Liner Notes

Producer – David Wolfert (Tracks 1,2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), John Farrar (Tracks 3)
Executive-Producer – Charles Koppelman
Arranged By – David Wolfert (Tracks 1,7,8,9), Jai Winding (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6)
Coordinator (Musical Coordinator) – Frank DeCaro
Coordinator (Production Coordinator For The Entertainment Company) – Linda Gerrity
Engineer – David Holman (Track 3)
Mixed By – Lee DeCarlo
Recorded By (Additional Recording) – Dennis Ferrante
Recorded By (Basic Tracks) – John Arrias

Art Direction – Nancy Greenberg
Photography By – Harry Langdon
Copyist – Doug Dana
Typography (Lettering) – Gerard Huerta

Manufactured By – Columbia
Recorded At – Sound Labs, Hollywood
Recorded At – RCA Recording Studios
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – Power Station
Remixed At – Cherokee Studios
Mastered At – RCA Recording Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Records Inc.