Love Hurts was
released in 1991 and was the third and final studio album released
by Cher for Geffen Records. The record featured production by Bob
Rock and saw her continue to collaborate with John Kalodner, Diane
Warren and Desmond Child. The album was recorded in late 1990/early
1991, during the first year of Cher's relationship to Bon Jovi's
guitarist Richie Sambora. She dedicated the album to him and "every
man that ever made me shed a tear".
The album contained four covers: "Save Up All Your Tears" recorded
in the late 1980s by Bonnie Tyler and Robin Beck, Kiss song "A World
Without Heroes" recorded in 1980, and "Love Hurts" a remake of the
1975 version which Cher had previously recorded for her album Stars.
This time the song was more pop/rock rather than a ballad. The
originally version was released by Everly Brothers in 1960. The
European version contains also the worldwide hit "The Shoop Shoop
Song (It's in His Kiss)" originally recorded by Merry Clayton in
Early releases of the album in the UK had the same cover as the
American release, but later European releases had a different cover,
showing Cher laying on a white background wearing a red wig. The
European release also included the world wide hit, The Shoop Shoop
Song (It's in His Kiss) which reached #1 in over 10 countries and
has sold over six million copies. In the United States, The Shoop
Shoop Song was available only through the original soundtrack,
Mermaids for the film of the same name.
While the album did extremely well in the UK, its singles were only
minor hits. "Love and Understanding" was the only big hit in the
charts, but the album also produced many fans favorites including "Could've
Been You" and big Cher favorites, "Save Up All Your Tears", "Love
Hurts", and "Fires of Eden". Also "Love Hurts and "Could've Been
You" was released only in Europe, while "When Lovers Become
Strangers" was released only in North America.
The David Cassidy
co-written song, I'll Never Stop Loving You, was released a year
later on Cassidy's album, Didn't You Used to be?. One year before,
it was already recorded by Heart and released on a Japanese special
edition bonus CD for their album Brigade.
To promote the album,
Cher did several performances worldwide. In North America she
promoted the album on the Late Night with David Letterman. She also
mad a special appearance on the ABC program In Concert on June 21,
1991 were she performed "Love Hurts", "Love and Understanding",
"Save Up All Your Tears" and "A World Without Heroes". This
particular performance was highly criticized because Cher lip-synced
all songs from the album, veering from the ABC show's premise to
showcase "honest" live rock. Later Cher, during an interview
defended the lip-syncing that she did during the show and In Concert
offered to Cher a chance to reappear (with her band plugged in and
playing) later in 1991, but the performance never happened.
The album received further promotion from her third headlining Love
Hurts Tour, which started on April 15, 1992 in Berlin, Germany. The
tour was set to start on March 21, 1992 in Copenhagen, but due to
illness the European concerts were rescheduled, except for the UK
dates. Later dates on the North American leg of the tour were also
rescheduled twice. Cher performed "Love and Understanding", "Save Up
All Your Tears", "Love Hurts" and "Fires Of Eden" on her tour.
Photoshoot from "It's
A Man's World"