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Album Review

This ten-song budget-priced compilation has been kicking around Cher's discography for years, confusing lots of younger fans who mistake it for the similarly titled Half-Breed album, from 1974. As it happens, there are a couple of songs (including the title track) from the latter album here, along with material off of Dark Lady, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, and other MCA albums of the same period, among them several major hits — and they're all excellent, capturing the singer as she was emerging as a major star in her own right. Anyone discovering the music represented here for the first time will recognize instantly the virtues that Cher brought to her music — a relatively narrow singing range coupled with tremendous intensity and passion, and an ability to meld that projection with her acting skills (which wouldn't emerge in an obvious way for a few more years) into an incredibly powerful experience for the listener. The material ranges from topical ("Half-Breed") to pure pop ("Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," "The Way of Love"), almost outside the definition of "rock" as anyone under 30 defined it back then. And it may also all seem a bit over the top by any objective standard, but so was Cher as a personality during this period in her life and career. And despite the short running time, this CD is a fine little introduction to the second phase of her music career, for those who need it.

Customer Reviews

Warning: This Is Not The Original Half-Breed Album

This is a 70's era Greatest Hits package and not the original 1973 album. The Music is all 5-Star, but the 1-star rating is because the description does not match the content.

Alway cherishing ;)

This is one of my favorite albums by cher of all time. It's hard to describe how amazing the music is. "The Way of Love" and "Carousel Man" alone make it a classic.

Good Album not the Original

The original Half-Breed album in its entirety remains unreleased on CD,This was the second album released in 73 by MCA.Several budget cd's have been released, (note the lack of hyphen)by other labels.Most of these contain only 2 original songs,and others from albums, Cher,Foxy Lady,and Dark Lady.
Original Half-Breed tracks,
My Love
Two People Clinging To A Thread
Half-Breed
The Greatest Song I ever Heard
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Carousel Man
David's Song
Melody
The Long And Winding Road
This God Forsaken Day
Chastity Sun

Biography

Born: May 20, 1946 in El Centro, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Cher has had three careers that place her indelibly in the public consciousness, and two have been in association with her then-husband, composer/producer/singer Salvatore "Sonny" Bono (b. February 16, 1935, d. January 8, 1998). She charted major hit records in the 1960s and 1970s, working in idioms ranging from early-'60s girl group-style ballads to Jackie Deshannon folk-influenced pop, to adult contemporary pop in the manner of later Dusty Springfield. She also embarked on an acting career, initially...
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