CD Half Breed [Cher] (CD 536007),
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Half Breed [Cher]

  • 1. Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves
    2. Don't Hide Your Love
    3. First Time, The
    4. Let Me Down Easy
    5. Half Breed
    6. Dark Lady
    7. Carousel Man
    8. Song For You
    9. Train of Thought
    10. Way of Love, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46140

  • Credits

    This ten-song budget-priced compilation has been kicking around Cher's discography for years, confusing lots of younger fans who mistake it for the similarly titled Half-Breed album, from 1974. As it happens, there are a couple of songs (including the title track) from the latter album here, along with material off of Dark Lady, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, and other MCA albums of the same period, among them several major hits -- and they're all excellent, capturing the singer as she was emerging as a major star in her own right. Anyone discovering the music represented here for the first time will recognize instantly the virtues that Cher brought to her music -- a relatively narrow singing range coupled with tremendous intensity and passion, and an ability to meld that projection with her acting skills (which wouldn't emerge in an obvious way for a few more years) into an incredibly powerful experience for the listener. The material ranges from topical ("Half-Breed") to pure pop ("Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," "The Way of Love"), almost outside the definition of "rock" as anyone under 30 defined it back then. And it may also all seem a bit over the top by any objective standard, but so was Cher as a personality during this period in her life and career. And despite the short running time, this CD is a fine little introduction to the second phase of her music career, for those who need it. ~ Bruce Eder

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