1987 Cher – Cher

Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records

Five years after the release of Cher’s last album I Paralyze and her decision to focus on a film career, Cher signed with Geffen Records (which would later absorb one of her former labels, MCA Records) and was rushed to the studio to record what would become her comeback album. The self-titled album Cher was released in the fall of 1987. The record was produced by Michael Bolton, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child. Among the notable guest artists, Bonnie Tyler and Darlene Love were backing vocalists on “Perfection”.

After a series of pop and disco records, Cher moved to a radio-friendly rock sound, which helped her get back onto the charts. The album includes a new version of her 1966 hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” Michael Bolton’s “I Found Someone,” which Bolton and Mark Mangold had originally written and composed for, and which had initially been recorded by, Laura Branigan, several songs written by Desmond Child, and two by Diane Warren, who would go on to write many more songs for the singer.

The album reached #26 in the UK, and peaked at #32 on the US Billboard album charts. The first single released from the album and its only UK top 10 hit was “I Found Someone,” which reached #5 in the UK and #10 in the US. The second single, “We All Sleep Alone,” peaked at #14 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and just missed breaking the Adult Contemporary top 10 in the US, stalling at #11. It was less successful in the UK, however, peaking at #47. The album’s other singles were “Skin Deep,” “Bang-Bang,” and “Main Man,” the last two released only as promo singles in North America.

This was also her second album to be named “Cher,” as Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves was initially released under the name Cher before it was retitled following the success of the single of the same name. She also released a similarly-titled studio album in 1966 entitled Chér.

Tracks

I Found Someone (Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold) 3:44
2  We All Sleep Alone (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 3:56
3  Bang Bang(My Baby Shoot Me Down) (Sonny Bono) 3:54
4  Main Man (Desmond Child) 3:51
5  Give Our Love A Fightin’ Chance (Desmond Child, Diane Warren) 4:09
6  Perfection (Desmond Child, Diane Warren) 4:31
7  Dangerous Times (Roger Bruno, Susan Pomerantz, Ellen Schwartz) 3:03
Skin Deep (Jon Lind, Mark Goldenberg) 4:19
9  Working Girl (Desmond Child, Michael Bolton) 3:59
10  Hard Enough Getting Over You (Michael Bolton, Doug James) 3:47

Musicians

1 I Found Someone

BassWill Lee
DrumsChris Parker
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarJohn McCurry
KeyboardsDoug Katsoros
KeyboardsJeff Bova
KeyboardsPhil Ashley
Background VocalsPatty Darcy


2 We All Sleep Alone

BassAlec John Such
DrumsTico Torres
GuitarRichie Sambora
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
KeyboardsDavid Bryan
SynthesizerDavid Bryan
Background VocalsBernie Shanahan
Background VocalsDesmond Child
Background VocalsHolly Knight
Background VocalsJoe Lynn Turner
Background VocalsJon Bon Jovi
Background VocalsJohn Merlino
Background VocalsRichie Sambora


3 Bang Bang(My Baby Shoot Me Down)

BassAlec John Such
DrumsTico Torres
GuitarRichie Sambora
KeyboardsDavid Bryan
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
KeyboardsHolly Knight
Background VocalsBernie Shanahan
Background VocalsDave Meniketti
Background VocalsDesmond Child
Background VocalsDiana Grasselli
Background VocalsJoe Lynn Turner
Background VocalsJon Bon Jovi
Background VocalsMichael Bolton


4 Main Man

BassSeth Glassman
DrumsJerry Marotta
GuitarJohn McCurry
GuitarJohn Putnam
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
PianoBette Sussman
SynthesizerChuck Kentis
Background VocalsDesmond Child
Background VocalsElaine Caswell
Background VocalsJoe Lynn Turner
Background VocalsLouis Merlino
Background VocalsMyriam Valle


5 Give Our Love A Fightin’ Chance

BassJohn Siegler
DrumsJerry Marotta
GuitarJohn McCurry
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
KeyboardsGreg Mangiafico
SynthesizerChuck Kentis
Background VocalsElaine Caswell
Background VocalsLouis Merlino
Background VocalsMyriam Valle


6 Perfection

DrumsJerry Marotta
DrumsJimmy Bralower
GuitarJohn McCurry
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
KeyboardsGreg Mangiafico
SynthesizerChuck Kentis
Background VocalsDiana Grasselli
Background VocalsDiane Warren
Background VocalsElaine Caswell
Background VocalsJoe Lynn Turner
Background VocalsLouis Merlino
Background VocalsMarcos Valle
VocalsDarlene Love
VocalsBonnie Tyler


7 Dangerous Times

BassLarry Klein
DrumsCarlos Vega
Guitar (solo)Bob Mann
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
KeyboardsBill Payne
PercussionMike Fisher
PercussionPeter Asher
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


8 Skin Deep

BassJimmy Haslip
DrumsCraig Krampf
SynthesizerJohn van Tongeren
GuitarMichael Thompson
OrganMark Morgan
Background VocalsMaurice White
Background VocalsDebra Dobkin
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters


9 Working Girl

BassTony Levin
DrumsJerry Marotta
DrumsJimmy Bralower
GuitarJohn Putnam
KeyboardsChuck Kentis
KeyboardsGreg Mangiafico
SynthesizerChuck Kentis
Background VocalsBernie Shanahan
Background VocalsDesmond Child
Background VocalsElaine Caswell
Background VocalsJoe Lynn Turner
Background VocalsLouis Merlino
Background VocalsMyriam Valle


10 Hard Enough Getting Over You

BassWill Lee
GuitarIra Siegel
GuitarJohn McCurry
KeyboardsJeff Bova
KeyboardsPhil Ashley
Background VocalsPatty Darcy
Background VocalsVicki Sue Robinson

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Bolton (Track 1, 10)
Producer – Desmond Child (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Producer – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora (Tracks 2, 3)
Producer – Peter Asher (Track 7)
Producer – Jon Lind (Track 8)
Producer (Assistant) – Jolie Levine (Track 8)
Producer (Additional) – Albhy Galuten (Track 10)
Engineer (Additional) – Rob Jacobs (Tracks 2, 3)
Engineer (Additional) – Shelly Yakus (Track 3)
Engineer (Additional) – Gene Parciasepe (Tracks 6, 9)
Engineer (Additional) – Mark Partis (Track 10)
Mixed By – David Thoener (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Mixed By – Bob Rock (Tracks 2, 3)
Mixed By – Frank Wolf (Track 7)
Recorded By – Michael Christopher (Tracks 1, 10)
Recorded By – Arthur Payson (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Recorded By – Frank Wolf (Track 7)
Recorded By – Csaba Petocz, Daren Klein (Track 8)

Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Geffen Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Power Station
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – The Hit Factory
Recorded At – Bearsville Studios
Recorded At – Giant Sound
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – The Complex
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At – The Grey Room
Recorded At – One On One Studios
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Soundtrack Studios
Mixed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Mixed At – Bearsville Studios