LIVING PROOF

 

 

It's a Man's World found Cher singing 'unconventional' songs in a style more associated with the Deep South, rather than her more familiar pop and rock roots. The album also stands out for Cher stretching her vocals to head register for such songs as "One by One" and "The Gunman", getting out of her comfort zone of her trademark husky contralto.

Cher recorded It's a Man's World in London in 1995. That same year the album was released all over Europe with "Walking in Memphis" as its lead off single. The original album included fourteen songs, but when it was released in the United States in 1996 the setlist included only eleven songs. Three songs, "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)", "Don't Come Around Tonite" and "The Shape of Things to Come" had been removed from the American release. The American release was also reviewed by critics as a 'mid-'90s R&B/pop phenomenon' due to the removal of these three rock songs and also due to five songs remixed to evoke a contemporary R&B feel. The new versions of those songs: "Not Enough Love in the World", "Paradise Is Here", "Angels Running", "What About the Moonlight" and "One by One" were labeled as album versions in the United States. Their new sound carried R&B influences, while their original versions were influenced by Southern rock and blues.

Because of the alterations, the American release was also compared to Madonna's Bedtime Stories which at the time marked a change in Madonna's music. The album was also compared to the style of Boyz II Men. One critic Jose F. Promis from Allmusic described the album as "one of the singer's finest", which justifies Cher as a true singer rather than a mere entertainer. While the album was temporarily sidelined by her dizzying worldwide success with Believe, in recent years it has been rediscovered and credited.

 

 

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Production
Executive Producer: Craig Kostich

 

Original versions
Tracks 1, 5, 8, 9 original versions produced by Christopher Neil
Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 14 produced by Stephen Lipson
Tracks 4, 10, produced by Greg Penny
Tracks 11, 12, 13, produced by Trevor Horn

 

American remixes
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, were remixed by Sam Ward
Tracks 3, was remixed by Daniel Abraham
"The Gunman" was edited by the original song producer, Trevor Horn

 

Personnel
Main Vocals: Cher
String Arrangements : Anne Dudley
Mixing: Steve Fitzmaurice

 

Design
Photography: David Scheinmann

 

 

Photoshoot from "It's A Man's World"