- Audio CD (October 26, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: BR Music
- ASIN: B0000549VV
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,904 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Dutch compilation featuring all their Billboard hits as well as a number of solo hits for Sonny and Cher. Tracks include, 'Baby Don't Go', 'Just You', 'I Got You Babe', 'All I Really Want to Do', 'Laugh at Me', 'But You're Mine', 'Where DoYou Go', 'What Now My Love', 'Bang Bang', 'Alfie', 'Little Man', 'The Beat Goes On', 'You Better Sit Down Kids', 'Gypsy, Tramps And Thieves', 'All I Ever Need Is You', 'The Way of Love', 'A Cowboys Work Is Never Done' and 'When You Say Love'. All original recordings.
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Even though it was written in 1989, just last year I got an old copy of Sonny's autobiography, "The Beat Goes On". When reading it I got the impression that Sonny was a very honest as well as self deprecating man, so I took what he said about his relationship with Cher from beginning to end to be the truth. I was so impressed at how hard Sonny worked to make their music and their act a success - and I ended up disliking Cher's actions quite a bit. Sonny wrote most of their songs and did it in the beginning with an old piano with a broken key, using just one finger on his left hand along with a few fingers on his right hand, having had no training whatsoever. He meant to make Cher a solo star but she was too scared and said she could only sing if he sang with her. Hence "Sonny & Cher". Sonny took a 16 year old girl who wanted to be star so badly that she used to practice how she would act while signing autographs - and made her what she became. As hard as he worked it is unbelievable to me that her reason for divorce was "spousal servitude". He said he was hurt. Yeah, you would think so.
Anyway, in my opinion, Sonny Bono took a very mediocre talent and made her a star. Then it wasn't good enough to be part of Sonny & Cher; she wanted to be the big "CHER". Well, she got her wish, but really stomped all over Sonny in the process. This CD takes me back to the good old days of "I Got You Babe" and the whole mid 60s world before so much in life became ugly. There was an innocence in young people who listened to this kind of music that would be stripped away later, but it was sure fun while it lasted. This CD is a fun way to go back for a little while - before we found out that these two were living a lie for the fans for quite a while - and before music started to be all about drugs and sex and violence. The singers of that era who didn't do the whole "psychedelic" thing were just knocked out of the picture. Sonny never gave up and worked their ways back into the spotlight when they did the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour - then Cher killed it forever when she filed for divorce in such a public and ugly way. We all know the story after that - Cher became the big star she wanted to be and Sonny went off in his own direction with his restaurants and then into politics. He was such a talented and hard working man, funny and smart and highly underrated. Sonny always made fun of his own singing voice, but for the songs that made them famous it was just right. When they went on David Letterman and sang "I Got You Babe" in 1989 he still sounded exactly the same, 25 years later. Cher sounded very different, and for me not in a good way. If you go to YouTube and watch that video it is so touching anyway - then to see Sonny wiping away tears at the end - well, most of the people who leave comments there admit to shedding a few of their own. The way Sonny was lost in such a tragic way in 1998 is just too sad. He was only 62, and I'm sure he would have had much more to offer the world. I think that he was one of the few genuinely good people in politics.
I recommend this CD. Get a copy and go back to some fun times for a little while - and most definitely sing along.
Apart from the excellent booklet, this collection combines the music of two different record labels, so you would otherwise have to buy two separate CD's, one for the sixties (I got you babe) era and one for the seventies (Gypsies tramps and thieves) era, and they many not be full-length. The two CD's that make up this set are both full-length, so there is plenty of room for the less obvious but still interesting tracks, ensuring that there is always something to keep coming back to.
This is a very comprehensive collection of the music which made Sonny and Cher stars in the first place, and contains everything that most people will ever want from the period covered. Diehard Cher fans will not be totally satisfied, but even they recognise the quality of this compilation (see their reviews).
This is THE Cher compilation to buy.