Five years after the
release of Cher's last album I Paralyze and her decision to focus on
a film career, Cher signed with Geffen Records (which would later
absorb one of her former labels, MCA Records) and was rushed to the
studio to record what would become her comeback album. The
self-titled album Cher was released in the fall of 1987. The record
was produced by Michael Bolton, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and
Desmond Child. Among the notable guest artists, Bonnie Tyler and
Darlene Love were backing vocalists on "Perfection".
After a series of pop and disco records, Cher moved to a
radio-friendly rock sound, which helped her get back onto the charts.
The album includes a new version of her 1966 hit "Bang Bang (My Baby
Shot Me Down)", Michael Bolton's "I Found Someone" (originally
written for and recorded by Laura Branigan), several songs written
by Desmond Child and two by Diane Warren, who would go on to write
many more songs for the singer.
The album reached number 26 in the UK, and peaked at number 32 on
the Billboard album charts in the US. The first single released from
the album and its only UK top 10 hit was "I Found Someone", which
reached number 5 in the UK and number 10 in the US. The second
single, "We All Sleep Alone", peaked at number 14 on Billboards Hot
100 chart and just missed breaking the Adult Contemporary top 10 in
the US, stalling at number 11. It was less successful in the UK,
however, peaking at 47. The album's other singles, largely
overlooked, were "Skin Deep", "Bang-Bang" and "Main Man", all
released only in North America.
The album was promoted on Saturday Night Live, where she performed "I
Found Someone" and "We All Sleep Alone",
and on the Late Show
with David Letterman, where she performed "I Found Someone" and "I
Got You Babe". Later released on VHS, the Letterman performance
would be her last with ex-husband Sonny Bono before his death. The
album was also promoted on UK television.
"I Found Someone" was
originally recorded by Laura Branigan and appears on her 1985 album
"Bang-Bang" was previously recorded for Cher's second studio album
The Sonny Side of Chér in 1966.
Main Vocals: Cher, Maurice White, Darlene Love, Bonnie Tyler
Background Vocals: Michael Bolton, Desmond Child, Joe Lynn Turner,
Jon Bon Jovi, Diane Warren
Guitar: Richie Sambora, Waddy Wachtel (on "Dangerous Times"),
Michael Thompson, Steve Lukather, Bob Mann, John McCurry, John
Putnam, Ira Siegel, Michael Thompson
Keyboards: Phillip Ashley, Jeff Bova, David Bryan, Doug Katsaros,
Chuck Kentis, Holly Knight, Gregg Mangiafico, Mark Morgan, Bill
Payne, Bette Sussman, John Van Tongeren
Synthesized Bass: John Van Tongeren
Bass: Seth Glassman, Jimmy Haslip, Larry Klein, Will Lee, Tony Levin,
Jon Siegler, Alec John Such
Drums, Percussion: Peter Asher, Jimmy Bralower, Albhy Galuten, Craig
Krampf, Jerry Marotta, Chris Parker, Tico Torres, Carlos Vega
Drum Programming: Craig Krampf
Photoshoot from "Cher"