1977 Allman And Woman – Two The Hard Way

Two The Hard Way is a studio album by American singer-actress Cher and the third studio album by American rock singer Gregg Allman released in November 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The album, billed to “Allman and Woman”, was a critical and commercial failure.

The product of the two musicians’ unlikely and turbulent relationship and marriage, it attempted an even more unlikely musical melding of Allman’s Southern rock with Cher’s idiosyncratic, personality-driven pop. The uncharacteristically airbrushed cover notwithstanding, Allman’s musical ideas and singing generally took the lead.

In conjunction with the release of the album Cher and Allman did a 21-show tour called the “Two the Hard Way Tour”, consisting of seven shows in Japan and 14 in Europe. The tour ended abruptly when Cher parted ways with Allman and returned to the United States.

The album was not well received; the 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide said “It’s hard to imagine a more inappropriate combination … It’s the bottom of the barrel after a long fall for Gregg, and more of the same for Cher,” and rated the album “Worthless”. Two the Hard Way was not a commercial success either; by the time the 1983 edition of the same guide was published, the album was out of print.

The album was never officially re-issued on CD or 8-track, although it has been bootlegged. In 2008, Billboard correspondent Keith Caulfield stated that Cher owned the rights to the master tapes of this album (as well as three solo albums she made in the mid-1970s) and hence she would have to approve any reissues. The song “Can You Fool?” was included in the 1989 Allman Brothers compilation album Dreams, which is still in print.

For many years “Can You Fool?” was the only Allman and Woman song to have been officially made available online. However, on October 8, 2021, Cher released all 11 tracks, “restored and remastered”, on her YouTube channel. A few days later, she also released several live videos produced in November 1977 for the BBC TV series, The Old Grey Whistle Test.


1  Move Me (Fred Beckmeier; Steve Beckmeier; Jimmie Cameron; Vella Cameron) 02:54
2  I Found You Love (Alan Gordon) 03:55
3  Can You Fool (Michael Smotherman) 03:17
4  You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (William Robinson Jr) 03:17
5  We’re Gonna Make It (Billy Davis; Carl Smith; Gene Barge; Raynard Miner) 03:12
6  Do What You Gotta Do (Jimmy Webb) 03:25
7  In For The Night (Billy Sanford; John Townsend) 03:30
8  Shadow Dream Song (Jackson Browne) 03:41
9  Island (Ilene Rappaport) 04:22
10  I Love Makin’ Love To You (Ben Weisman; Evie Sands; Richard Germinaro) 03:47
11  Love Me (Jerry Leiber; Mike Stoller) 02:46


BassWillie Weeks
DrumsBill Stewart
GuitarSteve Beckmeier
GuitarRichard Hirsch
Slide GuitarRichard Hirsch
ClavinetNeil Larsen
Electric PianoNeil Larsen
OrganGregg Allman
OrganNeil Larsen
PianoNeil Larsen
HarmonicaMickey Raphael
FlugelhornBen Cauley
SaxRandall Bramblett
TromboneDennis Good
TrumpetHarrison Calloway
TrumpetBen Cauley
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsPatricia Henderson
Background VocalsRussell Morris
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsTimothy B Schmit
VocalsGregg Allman

Other Musicians

3 Can You Fool

Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett

4 You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me

SaxJim Horn

6 Do What You Gotta Do

GuitarScott Boyer

Liner Notes

Producer – Johnny Sandlin (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Producer – Gregg Allman (Tracks 3, 7)
Producer – John Haeny (Tracks 4, 6)
Arranged By (Horns) – Harrison Calloway
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Jimmy Webb (Tracks 5, 6)
Arranged By (Strings) – Ed Freeman
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Engineer – Tom Flye
Engineer – John Haeny (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 7)
Engineer (Assitant) – Carolyn Harriss, Rick Sanchez, Rick Smith
Mixed By – Carolyn Harriss, Johnny Sandlin, Tom Flye
Mixed By (Assistant) – Steve Fontano

Art Direction – John Cabalka
Artwork – Bob Jacobs
Design – Brad Kanawyer
Photography – Harry Langdon

Recorded At Sunset Sound
Recorded At Record Plant, NYC
Remixed At Record Plant, Sausalito
Phonographic Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc
Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc