Released: April 1973

Recorded: 1973

Genre: Pop-standard, traditional pop, soft rock

Length: 29:00

Label: MCA

Producer: Sonny Bono

Bittersweet White Light was the ninth studio album by American singer-actress Cher. The album was released on April 1973 by MCA. It was the last solo Cher album produced by then-performing partner and husband Sonny Bono. While many fans consider the album to be her best vocal performance, Bittersweet White Light, composed mostly of covers of American pop standards, was Cher's first commercial failure of the 1970s. It was Cher's first record released only by MCA, both in the UK and the US. The title of the album was reported to be taken from the staging of such songs on her television show—which she performed in front of a torch spotlight.



Album History

Due to the success of Cher's solo torch spots on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" like "My Funny Valentine" and "What a Difference a Day Makes", Bono decided she should record an album featuring modern arrangements of standards from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Bittersweet White Light was a collection of fully orchestrated, lushly-arranged classics. Producer Bono had started in the music business working with legendary "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector and the album clearly demonstrates Spector's influence. Songs in the record range from Gershwin tunes "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and "The Man I Love" to Al Jolson's "Sonny Boy" to Judy Garland's "The Man That Got Away" to Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good". The album was promoted on her successful "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" show.


Track listing


Side A

01. "By Myself" 3:24
02. "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" 3:47
03. "Am I Blue?" 3:43
04. "How Long Has This Been Going On" 4:20
05. "The Man I Love" 4:27

Side B

01. "Jolson Medley" 4:12
02. "More Than You Know" 3:41
03. "Why Was I Born" 2:45
04. "The Man That Got Away" 4:13


Bittersweet White Light was also the first of Cher's album's to feature medleys, "Jolson Medley", and with track mixed, "How Long Has This Been Going On" with "The Man I Love" and "Why Was I Born" with "The Man That Got Away". The other albums that got tracks mixed together were Take Me Home and Prisoner.

Singles from Bittersweet White Light

"Am I Blue"
Released: 1973

Photoshoot from "Bittersweet White Light"