PRISONER

 

 

Released: October 22, 1979

Recorded: 1979

Genre: Disco, pop rock, new wave

Length: 37:13

Label: Casablanca

Producer: Bob Esty

 

Prisoner is the sixteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on October 22, 1979 by Casablanca Records. Prisoner had a more moderate success, mostly due to the dance track "Hell on Wheels". Prisoner (initially planned to be released under the title Mirror Image) was Cher's second album of 1979, and was released months after Take Me Home. Cher appeared on the album's cover virtually naked and draped in chains, spurring controversy among some women's rights groups for her perceived "sex slave" image.

 

                                                    

 

Album History

Prisoner (initially planned to be released under the title Mirror Image) was Cher's second album of 1979, and was released months after Take Me Home.
This was the last album of Cher's to date to be produced by Bob Esty, with Esty and Michelle Aller contributing several of the songs. Compared to the disco style of Take Me Home, Prisoner featured a relatively new wave sound. Prisoner also marked the first time that Cher released an album which featured songs that were written exclusively for her
. Originally the album was planned to be titled "Mirror Image," pointing out Cher's known brave-side and her newly found 'wild disco' side. Since Cher wasn't really into the album (she wanted to "rock out") she kept on refusing songs in one hand and adding songs in the other hand. "Boys & Girls", a more rock-based song was added by Cher.

 

Track listing

 

Side A

01."Prisoner" 5:50
02."Holdin' Out for Love" 4:23
03."Shoppin'" 4:30
04."Boys and Girls" 3:54

Side B

01."Mirror Image" 4:52
02."Hell on Wheels" 5:38
03."Holy Smoke!" 4:56
04."Outrageous" 3:10

 

Since there was nothing left from the album's original plan, the title was changed into "Prisoner" before release. Prisoner has been released on CD together with the first Casablanca Records album Take me Home, in a CD entitled, The Casablanca Years. This CD unites all the tracks from both albums, merging them onto one single CD.

Singles from Prisoner

"Hell On Wheels"
Released: October 15, 1979

Photoshoot from "Prisoner"