Cher – The Way Of Love: The Cher Collection [2CD] (2000)

Title: The Way Of Love: The Cher Collection
Year Of Release: 2000-11-21
Label: MCA Records (USA)
Genre: Pop/Rock, Vocal, Ballad
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 02:11:55
Total Size: 1,32 Gb | 428,88 Mb (Full Scans)

This collection is a good attempt at bringing together Cher’s more popular recordings from the mid-’60s to her Casablanca years in the late ’70s, and the results are almost a total success. Most of her U.S. Top 40 hits are included (save for “Where Do You Go” and “Alfie”), as well as a few tracks with Sonny (“All I Ever Need Is You,” “When You Say Love,” live versions of “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On,” and the campy “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done”). The bulk of the material comes from her albums Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, Foxy Lady, Bittersweet White Light, Half Breed, and Dark Lady, as well as a few rarities, including “Classified 1A,” which, at the time of its release, was deemed un-American and shelved away. This collection showcases Cher not only as a rock, pop and, folk star, but also as an interpreter of standards (“What’ll I Do”), as well as contemporary hits (her covers of the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” and Paul McCartney’s “My Love” are quite notable). This set also includes her signature smashes, ranging from “Bang Bang,” “The Way of Love,” “Half Breed,” “Dark Lady,” and “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” to her 1979 disco hit “Take Me Home.” Unfortunately, however, “Take Me Home” is the sole representative of her stint with Casablanca. Had they included its two follow-ups, “Hell on Wheels” and “Wasn’t It Good,” as well as “Alfie” and “Where Do You Go,” this collection would have been absolutely definitive. It does, however, stand as a more-than-adequate representation of the singer’s work from that period, and with its excellent song selection, liner notes, and photographs, provides a fantastic look back at this singer’s amazing career.
~Review by Jose F. Promis~
Release of this CD-Set: 2000, November, 21 [CDs MCA Records, Cat.# 314 560 209-2 / UPC: 731456020921]
(p) (c) 2000 MCA Records
Made in USA.
Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution Inc.
Art Direction – Vartan
Compilation Producer – Mike Ragogna
Coordinator – Beth Stempel
Cover [photo] – Norman Seeff
Design – Hey Poser
Liner Notes – Lisa Sutton
Mastered By – Erick Labson
Photography [booklet] – MCA Archives, Wayne Knight
Photography [inside inlay] – Wayne Knight
Photography [outside inlay] – Michael Ochs Archives
Research [photo] – Jason Pastori
Disc 1:
01. “The Way Of Love” – 02:32
(Al Stillman, Jack Dieval)
02. “All I Really Want To Do” – 02:58
(Bob Dylan)
03. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” – 02:45
(Sonny Bono)
04. “You Better Sit Down Kids” – 03:43
(Sonny Bono)
05. “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” – 02:38
(Bob Stone)
06. “All I Ever Need Is You” – 02:40
(Eddie Reeves, Jimmy Holiday)
07. “He’ll Never Know” – 03:29
(Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd)
08. “When You Find Out Where You’re Goin’, Let Me Know” – 02:19
(Linda Laurie)
09. “I Hate To Sleep Alone” – 02:28
(Peggy Clinger)
10. “Touch And Go” – 02:01
(Jerry Fuller)
11. “Living In A House Divided” – 02:59
(Tom Bahler)
12. “It Might As Well Stay Monday (From Now On)” – 03:01
(Bodie Chandler)
13. “Song For You” – 03:16
(Leon Russell)
14. “When You Say Love” – 02:29
(Bill Rice, Jerry Foster)
15. “Don’t Ever Try To Close A Rose” – 02:48
(Ginger Greco)
16. “Don’t Hide Your Love” – 02:49
(Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka)
17. “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” – 03:23
(Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb)
18. “Two People Clinging To A Thread” – 02:42
(Gloria Sklerov, Harry Lloyd)
19. “Don’t Put It On Me” – 02:38
(Sonny Bono)
20. “Classified 1A” – 02:58
(Sonny Bono)
Disc 2:
01. “Half-Breed” – 02:46
(Al Capps, Mary Dean)
02. “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done” – 03:18
(Sonny Bono)
03. “Never Been To Spain” – 03:27
(Hoyt Axton)
04. “My Love” – 03:34
(Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney)
05. “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” – 02:50
(Dick Holler)
06. “Carousel Man” – 03:04
(John Durrill)
07. “David’s Song” – 03:27
(David Paich)
08. “Melody” – 02:35
(Cliff Crofford, Thomas L. Garrett)
09. “Chastity Sun (aka Ruby Jean & Billie Lee)” – 04:16
(Dash Crofts, James Seals)
10. “Dark Lady” – 03:29
(John Durrill)
11. “Train Of Thought” – 02:36
(Alan O’Day)
12. “I Saw A Man And He Danced With His Wife” – 03:14
(John Durrill)
13. “Make The Man Love Me” – 03:19
(Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
14. “Dixie Girl” – 03:25
(John Durrill)
15. “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good” – 03:54
(Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
16. “Am I Blue?” – 03:45
(Grant Clark, Harry Akst)
17. “What’ll I Do” – 02:29
(Irving Berlin)
18. “The Beat Goes On” [Live] – 09:42
(Sonny Bono)
19. “I Got You Babe” [Live] – 03:26
(Sonny Bono)
20. “Take Me Home” – 06:46
(Bob Esty, Michele Aller)

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