1975 Cher – Stars

Stars was released April 19, 1975. It was the first record for Warner Bros. Records and was produced by Jimmy Webb. The album was also her very first without Sonny’s influence as it followed Cher‘s divorce with Sonny and the dissolution of her relationship with David Geffen. The album reviews were good, but sales were below expectations despite promotion.

Two singles, “These Days” and “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, were released to promote the album’s release. Both songs did not enter the charts. To help sales, Cher performed material from the album on the The Carol Burnett Show and The Flip Wilson Show. The songs performed were “Love Hurts”, “Just This One Time” and “Geronimo’s Cadillac”.

In early 1975, Cher began recording with Phil Spector. These sessions beget the songs “A Woman’s Story,” and the previously recorded song by The Ronettes, “Baby, I Love You.” However, due to Spector’s expensive use of studio time, the album was eventually shelved. These songs were released as singles but were unsuccessful; these releases are now considered hard-to-find rarities. Cher then turned to Jimmy Webb to record this album.

Tracks

1  Bell Bottom Blues (Eric Clapton) 4:12
2  Geronimo’s Cadillac (Michael Murphy, Charles Quarto) 3:01
3  Just This One Time (Jimmy Webb) 4:48
4  Love Enough (Tim Moore) 3:11
5  Love Hurts (Boudleaux Bryant) 5:02
6  Mr. Soul (Neil Young) 3:05
7  Rock And Roll Doctor (Lowell George, Fred Martin) 3:12
8  Stars (Janice Ian) 5:19
9  The Bigger They Come The Harder They Go (Jimmy Cliff) 3:28
10  These Days (Jackson Browne) 4:11

Media

Musicians

BassColin Cameron
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsGary Mallaber
DrumsHal Blaine
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
DrumsJim Gordon
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarArt Munson
GuitarJesse Ed Davis
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarDavid Cohen
Pedal Steel GuitarJeff Baxter
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
KeyboardsJimmy Webb
KeyboardsJoe Sample
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
PercussionPat Murphy
Steel DrumsRobert Greenidge
StringsSid Sharp
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsEdna Wright
Background VocalsGerald Garrett
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsSusan Webb

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Webb
Arranged By – Jimmy Webb
Arranged By (Horns) – Fred Tackett (Tracks 7, 9)
Arranged By (Steel Drums) – Van Dyke Parks
Conductor – Jimmy Webb
Concertmaster (String Orchestra) – Sidney Sharp

Recorded By, Mixed By – John Haeny

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Lacquer Cut At – Artisan Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles