1991 Cher – Love Hurts

Cher 1991Love Hurts is the 20th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 11, 1991 by Geffen Records. The RIAA certified it Gold on August 27, 1991. It is the final studio album with the record label Geffen. The lead single from the album was, “Love and Understanding” and the follow-up singles were “Save Up All Your Tears”, “Love Hurts”, “Could’ve Been You” and “When Lovers Become Strangers”. It debuted at #48 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with the sales of 19,000. Billboard stated in November 2011 that Love Hurts has sold 600,000 copies in the US

Love Hurts was released in 1991 and was the third and final studio album released by Cher for Geffen Records. The record featured production by Bob Rock and saw her continue to collaborate with John Kalodner, Diane Warren and Desmond Child. The album was recorded in late 1990/early 1991, during the first year of Cher’s relationship to Bon Jovi’s guitarist Richie Sambora. She dedicated the album to him and “every man that ever made me shed a tear”.

The album contained four covers: “Save Up All Your Tears” recorded in the late 1980s by Bonnie Tyler and Robin Beck, the Kiss song “A World Without Heroes” recorded in 1980, “Fires Of Eden” recorded by Judy Collins in 1990, and “Love Hurts” a remake of the 1975 version which Cher had previously recorded for her album Stars. This time the song was more pop/rock rather than a ballad. The originally version was released by Everly Brothers in 1960. The European version also contains the worldwide hit “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” originally recorded by Betty Everett in 1963.

Early releases of the album in the UK had the same cover as the American release, but later European releases had a different cover, showing Cher laying on a white background wearing a red wig. The European release also included the world wide hit, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” which reached #1 in over 10 countries. In the United States, “The Shoop Shoop Song” was available only through the original soundtrack, Mermaids for the film of the same name.

While the album did extremely well in the UK, its singles were only minor hits. “Love and Understanding” was the only big hit in the charts, but the album also produced many fans favorites including “Could’ve Been You” and big Cher favorites, “Save Up All Your Tears”, “Love Hurts”, and “Fires of Eden”. Also “Love Hurts and “Could’ve Been You” was released only in Europe, while “When Lovers Become Strangers” was released only in North America.

The David Cassidy co-written song, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”, was released a year later on Cassidy’s album, Didn’t You Used to be?. One year before, it was already recorded by Heart and released on a Japanese special edition bonus CD for their album Brigade.

Tracks

1  Save Up All Your Tears (Desmond Child, Diane Warren) 3:58
2  Love Hurts (Boudleaux Bryant) 4:16
3  Love And Understanding (Diane Warren) 4:44
4  Fires Of Eden (Kit Hain, Mark Goldenberg) 3:43
5  I’ll Never Stop Loving You (David Cassidy, John Wetton, Sue Shifrin) 3:59
6  One Small Step (Barry Mann, Brad Parker, Wendy Waldman) 3:28
7  A World Without Heroes (Bob Ezrin, Gene Simmons, Lou Reed, Paul Stanley) 3:09
Could’ve Been You (Arnie Roman, Bob Halligan Jr.) 3:27
9  When Love Calls Your Name (Jimmy Scott, Tom Snow) 3:32
10  When Lovers Become Strangers (Diane Warren) 4:48
11  Who You Gonna Believe (Jerry Marquez, Joe Marquez, Steve Fontano) 4:45
12  The Shoop Shoop Song (Rudy Clark) 2:49

Media

Musicians

1 Save Up All Your Tears

BassHugh McDonald
DrumsMickey Curry
GuitarKeith Scott
KeyboardsJohn Webster
PercussionJim McGillveray
Background VocalsMarc LaFrance
Background VocalsDavid Steele
Background VocalsJoanie Bye
Background VocalsConnie Scott
Background VocalsLisa Dal Bello
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsSteve George


2 Love Hurts

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsKim Bullard
Background VocalsGunnar Nelson
Background VocalsPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart


3 Love And Understanding

DrumsMark T Williams
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarJosh Sklair
SynthesizerGuy Roche
Background VocalsJean McClain
Background VocalsMyriam Valle
Background VocalsLaura Creamer
Background VocalsDiane Warren


4 Fires Of Eden

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarMichael Thompson
12 String GuitarAndrew Gold
PianoRobbie Buchanan
PercussionMike Fisher


5 I’ll Never Stop Loving You

BassHugh McDonald
DrumsMickey Curry
GuitarKeith Scott
GuitarRichie Zito
KeyboardsJohn Webster
KeyboardsRichie Zito
PercussionJim McGillveray
Background VocalsMarc LaFrance
Background VocalsDavid Steele
Background VocalsJoanie Bye
Background VocalsConnie Scott
Background VocalsLisa Dal Bello
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsSteve George


6 One Small Step

DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Drums (programming)Peter Asher
GuitarAndrew Gold
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionPeter Asher
PercussionMike Fisher
Background VocalsAndrew Gold
Background VocalsKenny Edwards


7 A World Without Heroes

DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsDavid Garfield
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsRichard Marx


8 Could’ve Been You

DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionMike Fisher
Background VocalsAndrew Gold
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsPeter Asher


9 When Love Calls Your Name

BassLarry Klein
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMichael Thompson
Acoustic GuitarAndrew Gold
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionMike Fisher
PercussionPeter Asher


10 When Lovers Become Strangers

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsMark T Williams
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarGlenn Sciurba
GuitarJosh Sklair
Background VocalsJoe Turano
Background VocalsDiane Warren
Background VocalsLaura Creamer


11 Who You Gonna Believe

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsKim Bullard
Background VocalsGunnar Nelson
Background VocalsPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart


12 The Shoop Shoop Song

BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarAndrew Gold
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionMike Fisher

Liner Notes

Producer – Richie Zito (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 11)
Producer – Bob Rock (Tracks 1, 5)
Producer – Diane Warren, Guy Roche (Tracks 3, 10)
Producer – Kit Hain, Mark Goldenberg (Track 4)
Producer – Peter Asher (Tracks 6, 8, 9, 12)
Producer – Steve Lukather (Track 7)
Mastered By – Dan Hersch

Art Direction – Kevin Reagan
Design – Kevin Reagan, Sunja Park
Photography By – Herb Ritts

Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Distributed By – BMG Arista / Ariola Limited
Manufactured By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Distributed By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Made By – Disctronics Group, Australia
Mastered At – DigiPrep