GYPSYS, TRAMPS &
failures of the previous albums, Cher signed a contract with
Kapp-MCA Records in 1971. Kapp and MCA were
the labels with which Cher had more success in the seventies and she
remains with them until 1974. Johnny Musso of Kapp Records thought
that Garrett and Cher would work well together and decided to team
them up. This time Garret was introduced to
redesign the Cher sound for her first comeback.
The album was released in 1971. In August 1999 the
US version of the album was re-released under the name Gypsys,
Tramps & Thieves for Universal Records and in the same year, the
original album and Cher's next studio album Foxy Lady were reissued
on one CD called Cher/Foxy Lady which featured all tracks from both.
and number four on the UK Singles Chart. "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" was her first number one in US and the first that enter as a solo artist in the Adult Contemporary chart and reached number one also in Canada and in Japan. The song was performed live in "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour", featuring Cher dresses as a gipsy. The second and last single was the opening track "The Way of Love". It peaked at #7 in US, #2 in the Adult Contemporary chart and #5 in Canada. The song's melody sounds very similar to the melody of the 1970 hit "It's Impossible" by Perry Como. Both tracks were performed in Cher's tour."
received positive reviews from music critics. Joe Viglione of
Allmusic described the album's songs as "middle-of-the road pop",
and called Cher a "good album with some great moments". He write
also that "Cher never minded androgynous or neutral gender identity
in her songs" and musically "her solo material could soar to heights
not possible in a partnership — "The Way of Love" being one example".
Rolling Stone said that "Cher does possess one of the distinctive
voices in popular music today" and about the album, "Here she gets
some lush orchestral frameworks within which to tell her story".