C G. (countrygal) from SAINT FRANCIS, AR Reviewed on 4/11/2007...
21 of her best old and new, need I say more.
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Best Cher Retrospective Available
James E. Bagley | Sanatoga, PA USA | 04/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cher's recorded for a lot of labels over the years. This is the first set to include recordings from all of them. Her 60s Sonny & Cher ATCO phase is represented by I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On (I would have liked to have seen Baby Don't Go included here too). Her 60s solo hits on Liberty, Bang Bang and All I Really Want To Do are here (omitting the hits Alfie and You Better Sit Down Kids is no big whoop). In the 70s, Cher recorded for Kapp/MCA. Her trilogy of trash (Gypsies Tramps & Thieves, Half-Breed, and Dark Lady) are here, but not the top 10 Way Of Love (where Cher sounds like a man) or her hits with Sonny (All I Ever Need Is You, A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done). Her lone Casablanca hit from the 70s, the disco fave Take Me Home, is here, hinting at Cher's future as a dance diva.In the 80s, Cher made a major comeback on Geffen Records singing power ballads like Heart Of Stone, I Found Someone, Just Like Jesse James, and If I Could Turn Back Time and the wedding fave After All with Peter Cetera. The one major recording left off from this era is my theme song: We All Sleep Alone.Major comeback number two, with Cher as the ultimate dance diva on Warner Brothers, is well-represented by her hits Believe, Strong Enough, Song For The Lonely, and Different Kind Of Love Song (the latter improved in a faster-paced mix).Even if you have Cher's strong collection If I Could Turn Back Time, you should get this for the added Warner Brothers dance hits and 60s Liberty singles, plus The Beat Goes On. It would take two discs to get all of Cher's hits collected and until someone does, this Rhino set is clearly the best sampler"
Cher is timeless!!!
Mark Twain | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is no way the very best of Cher can be offered on one disc. Her five-decade career has truly been amazing and her triumphant comebacks are always anticipated. While this CD certainly contains a lot of the 'very best,' it is still missing a number of brilliant tracks that should have been included. Didn't anyone think a two-disk woud have been more appropriate for this timeless diva, who--along with Madonna--is the best of the best? Thankfully "Dark Lady," "Half-Breed," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "If I Could Turn Back Time, " "Just Like Jesse James", "After All," "Heart of Stone," "And the Beat Goes On," and of course, "I Got You Babe" are all included here.Tracks that should have been included are "You Better Sit Down Kids"; "Where Do You Go"; "Alfie"; "Living in a House Divided"; "The Way of Love"; "All I Ever Need Is You"; "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done"; "Train of Thought"; "We All Sleep Alone"; and "Love and Understanding," plus a few more, which would have made for a terrific second disk. I'm sure every fan wouldn't have minded paying more for that.Rodney Jerkin's remix of "Different Kind of Love Song" is inferior to the original album version, which should have been included but unfortunately is not. However, "The Very Best of Cher" gets bonus points for including the phenomenal track "All Or Nothing," from the "Believe" album, an underrated and overlooked flop single that's just as good as "Believe," if not better. This CD makes for an addicting guilty pleasure from one of the most fabulous female entertainers around. Her newer fans should definitely pick this up. It is still a pretty good representation of her songs from the 60's to today. The range of music is pretty fantastic, and only Cher can carry it off. Her voice is distinctive and amazing, able to carry all types of beats-- from folk, pop, disco, rock, country, and house. The queen continues to reign. Let the beat go on!"
Best compilation so far
Mark Twain | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been several Cher "Greatest Hits" compilations over the years, but this one is the best. While I would have preferred they dropped the 2 songs with Sonny and included a few more of her hits (e.g., "The Way of Love," "Love and Understanding," "We All Sleep Alone," "Living in a House Divided" and "Train of Thought"), and put in the original version of "A Different Kind of Love Song" (far better than the remix version on this CD), I nitpick. This is still a good representation of her songs from the 60's to today. The range of music is pretty amazing, and only Cher can carry it off. She's not technically the best singer, but her voice is distinctive and sounds appropriate for rock, country, pop, and dance. Everyone I know that has listened to this CD has loved it."
Living Proof: Cher has always been a contender
P. Ambrose | Brooklyn NY | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The latest in an outrageously long line of Cher compilations is being released with the airing of her televised "Farewell Tour" concert. For those who have seen the show (and there are millions of you) - we all know what an amazing barrage of hits the ageless hippie/pop star/chanteuse/rock'n'roller/disco diva avalanches at you as you are swept up in an unabashed tribute to the 40 year spanning career of the superstar, CHER. This CD replicates the gushing and fascinating Kurt Loder notes from the tour program (with a wonderful ending twist) and despite the blonde Living Proof image cover (we all know and love Cher as raven haired gypsy)- this is the definitive Cher CD. Why? It has absolutely no filler (i.e. album cuts, lesser known hits). Cher executive produced this release, so the cuts are what she chose. Higher charting hits ("Love & Understanding", "We All Sleep Alone" etc.) are omitted to include personal faves like "Save Up All Your Tears" - which the songstress has often mentioned is one of her favorite recordings. Two major gripes for this reviewer: "The Way Of Love" tracking at just over 2 minutes could have been crammed on; this is one of her signature tunes. The mention in the liner notes of her '67 top 10 hit "You Better Sit Down Kids" also points out blatant omissions. But - hey - it's a single CD, Babe, so groove to the way it vaults from 2003 through the decades to '65 and believe that Cher, is without a doubt, the Queen of the recording industry."
5 Decades of Great Pop Music
Aaron | Ohio, USA | 04/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in the 60's if one was to say that the young, dark-haired hippie chick of the duo Sonny and Cher would have one of the longest careers in pop music history, they probably would've been laughed off the face of the earth. But it's true. Cher's career has lated through 5 decades. Always evolving, she's kept up with the times. This collection represents that evolution magnificently. You get 60's Cher as part of "Sonny and Cher." You have story-song/ disco Cher for the 70's. Then there's 80's rock chick Cher followed by 90's surprise comeback Cher. Then finally new millennium dance/club Cher.This collection kicks off with the biggest hit of her career, the astounding 1999 #1 hit "Believe" *which was also the biggest single of that year. You then get her successful 80's rock/pop material ranging from the #3 power-ballad "If I Could Turn Back Time" to the top 10 "I Found Someone." And who can resist her duet with Peter Centura "After All" *which hit #6.* Also featured is the minor hit "One By One" followed by two 90's dance hits "Strong Enough" and the very catchy "All Or Nothing." "Song For the Lonely" is on here also from her 2001 release "Living Proof" as is one of my personal Cher favorites "A Different Kind of Love Song." Then you het her old-school 60's/ 70's hits including the #1's "Half Breed," "Gypsies Tramps and Theives," and "Dark Lady." Also her #1 signature duet with Sonny "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." Another one of my Cher preferences is included which is "All I Really Wanna Do" *which unfortunately was not included on her previous "If I Could Turn Back Time" compilation.The question is, was this collection really necesarry considering she just had a "Greatest Hits" come out in '99. Well, you do get the hits from her last two releases "Believe" and "Living Proof" which were not included. There are also a few that were left off on "If I Could Turn Back Time" including "One By One," "All I Really Wanna Do," and "The Beat Goes On." So, if you're looking for these songs, don't hesitate! This isn't totally up to perfection seeing how "The Way of Love" and "Love and Understanding" were left off, but oh well. Still, a great career retrospective."