cover is a photograph of Cher with the musicians who played on the
album. They are: front row, left to right: guitarist Eddie Hinton,
bassist David Hood, Sonny Bono, Cher, producer Jerry Wexler,
background vocalist Jeannie Greene, background vocalist Donna
Thatcher and producer Tom Dowd. Back row, left to right: lead
guitarist Jimmy Johnson, producer Arif Mardin, drummer Roger Hawkins
and keyboardist Barry Beckett. Missing were background vocalists
Mary Holiday and Sue Pilkington.
This disc is certainly Cher's most ambitious project (at least for
the '60s) and was designed to bring Cher success after a period of
crisis because 1968-1970 wasn't a good period for Sonny & Cher and
for Cher as a solo artist. The worldwide pop culture was moving on,
but Sonny & Cher stayed in their original image and style. Pop music
was transforming into a harder style marked by anti-war songs
protesting the war in Vietnam. Cher's and Sonny & Cher's music
didn't really fit in. So their records weren't really selling
anymore. For months they had a nightclub act, but the audience
response was less than positive.
If the public response to this album was low, the criticism was
ecstatic. Critics judged this as one of Cher's best albums. A
surprising element of the disc was the maturing voice of Cher, which
showed more strength and versatility than in previous works. Another
surprise was the sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements,
which gave the disc a rock edge, along with Cher's success in
interpreting other artists' songs.
In 1968 and 1969 Cher recorded songs which would have become an
album in 1970. For unknown reasons the release was cancelled however
five songs were released as singles.
The other five
tracks remained unreleased until 2001 when Rhino Records released a
limited edition (only 4500 copies) of the album 3614 Jackson Highway
with all the songs from the canceled album included as bonus tracks.
The song "Superstar" is also included which was originally cut from
the cancelled album.
Cher – lead vocals
Jerry Wexler – record producer
Tom Dowd – record producer
Arif Mardin – record producer
Stan Vincent – record producer
Greg Poree – arrangement assistance
Stephen Paley – photography
Bryan Lasley – art direction
Patrick Pending – art direction
Photoshoot from "3614