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Cher

  • Greatest Hits [MCA, 1974] B+
  • Believe [Warner Bros., 1998] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Greatest Hits [MCA, 1974]
Snuff Garrett states her case more loudly than Sonny ever did, and if like me you have a soft spot in your heart for unabashed brass you find her biggest hits irresistible. The great Swarthy Trilogy--"Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves," "Half-Breed," and "Dark Lady"--is proof of an album that cut for cut is as vulgar as any in the post-Beatles era: Grand Funk is more wholesome and more arty, Neil Diamond a rabbi by comparison. She's at least as authentic as Tammy Wynette, too. Not all of these were such big hits, but who cares when one of the ringers is "Melody," the name of an old doll to whom a just-deflowered Cher sings her proud confession. B+

Believe [Warner Bros., 1998]
"Believe" Choice Cuts