HEART OF STONE
Heart of Stone was
released in 1989 and was her second studio album for Geffen Records.
As with her previous album Cher, Peter Asher, Jon Bon Jovi, Diane
Warren, Guy Roche and Desmond Child performed songwriting and/or
producing duties. Bonnie Tyler and Michael Bolton performed
background vocals on the song Emotional Fire. The album was recorded
in late 1988/early 1989, during the third year of Cher's
relationship to Rob Camilletti, to whom she dedicated the album.
The album became one of Cher's all-time bestselling records, with
worldwide sales of over 11 million. It reached number 10 in the
U.S., number 7 in the UK, and by topping the charts in Australia,
Heart of Stone became Geffen's first international number 1 album.
Her 20th studio album, it was the first in her career to go top 10
in the U.S. (though she would go on to have two more, Believe and
Living Proof). It peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums
chart for sales of 209,000.
The album was first released with artwork, and later re-released
with more conventional studio photos. The original was a painting by
Octavio Ocampo, featuring Cher sitting beside a stone heart,
creating the illusion of a skull (see infobox picture). The artwork
was changed shortly after its release, making copies with the
original artwork collector's items.
She recorded two other songs for the album, "Don't Come Cryin' to Me"
and "Some Guys", but neither made the final cut. A remixed version
of "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" was included on the Geffen compilation
album If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits. The reissue
of that album, per Cher's request, does not include the song. A demo
version of "Some Guys" was included on the "If I Could Turn Back
Time" 7- and 12-inch singles.
"Heart of Stone" and
"If I Could Turn Back Time" were both slightly remixed for the
single. The "Heart of Stone" remix is available on CD on the
compilation If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits issued
by Geffen Records.
The album produced three top ten hits as well as a top twenty hit
with the title track.
Cher - lead vocals
Louis Merlino - vocals
Peter Cetera - vocals
Michael Bolton - background vocals
Desmond Child - background vocals
Patty Darcy Jones - background vocals
Bonnie Tyler - background vocals
Diane Warren - background vocals
Waddy Wachtel guitar on "Heart of Stone", "Love on a Rooftop" and "After
Michael Bolton - record producer
Desmond Child - record producer
Jon Lind - record producer
Sir Arthur Payson - record producer
Frank Wolf - record producer
Photoshoot from "Heart