The first track "Believe" ,which topped the UK charts for seven weeks, won a grammy and sold over 1.6 million copies in Britain alone is most certainly chers biggest hit. This brilliant dance track has Cher's powerful voice with brilliant dance beats and is a definition of fantastic dance music. itwas recorded for Cher's first dance and biggest selling album ever, "Believe".
"Strong Enough" starts off like a mournful ballad but then turns into a rousing dance track of confidence telling the world how strong Cher is and how you can't bringh her down. This reached #5 in the UK and was also off the "Believe" album.
"If I Could Turn Back Time" the shout along anthem which allowed Cher to prove just how strong her voice is was one of the greatest songs of the rock era and reached #6 in the UK. Though not her greatest hit i feel this is Cher's greates song with amazing lyrics, powerful vocals and strong rocky guitars.
"The Shoop Shoop Song" was Cher's revamp of an old Betty Everett classic and she made it so fantastic that it topped the UK charts for 5 weeks. This cheery and uplifting song was on the soundtrack for Cher's comedy movie classic "Mermaids".
"Just Like Jesse James" was Chers cowboy song which Cher has admitted she thinks is "absolute crap" but i must admit i love this song and think Chers powerful voice has made this power ballad really stand out and her passion she puts into it is spectacular.
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" is a brilliant US #1 with some cheery gypsie tamborines and chers distinctive voice singing about her life in a travelling show. A brilliant song that rightfully stands out in chers fabulous career.
Another rock song that Cher made a big hit was the fantastic "I Found Someone" which also reveals Cher's passion and powerful vocals. Excellent.
Of course form the very early years of Cher's career you of course have the international #1 Sonni & Cher hit "I Got You Babe", silly but cheerful and even from this young age Cher still had some voice. Another good Sonni and Cher cklassic here is "The Beat Goes On" with its simple but driving beats.
Lets not go on anymore about the endless cher classic which have become a part of music history, form the early Cher hits "Bang, Bang(My Baby Shot Me Down)" or "All i Really Want To Do" or the eery but fabulous US #1 "Dark Lady". Thgis album is in one word EXCELLENT! A must have classic album.
In these cds (more than 2 hours of music), we can rediscover the songs of the beginnings in the 60es, with Sonny Bono ("I got you Babe", "The best goes on" and "Baby don't go"), the ones that marked her solo-debut in the 70es ("Gypsies, tramps and thieves", "Half-breed", "Dark lady" and "Take me home"); we can then enjoy the songs of her brilliant return to the scenes in the late 80es ("I found someone", "If I could turn back time" and "Just like Jesse James") up to the ones of the 90es ("The shoop shoop song", "Love and understanding" and "One by one"). We finally come to the planetary hit "Believe", that gave back to Cher the role of the great interpreter that she deserves. "Believe" is the best selling album of her solo career. Thanks to this dance ballad she conquered the hearts of a new generation of admirers, fascinated by her charisma.
In the collection we can also find the songs of the dance turning point ("Strong enough", "All or nothing"), some of the recent hits contained in the last album "Living proof" ("The music's no good without you", "Song for the lonely" and "A different kind of love song") and some extra-tracks that did not get the same success of the most famous songs, but are interesting anyway ("Rudy", "Bad love", "Più che puoi" with Eros Ramazzotti, "All I never need is you" - Sonny and Cher - and "Born with the hunger", from the album "Not commercial", released for internet sale only).
Cher is not only a singer, an actress or a soubrette...she is all these things with the addition of a secret ingredient that nobody has been able to identify yet.
For the historical fans, this collection represents a synthesis of a boisterous career and for the new ones the perfect starting point to appreciate this fantastic woman.
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