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For July 25, 2008,
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SHARING CHER ON CD
Keith, Cher released four albums on the Warner Bros. label from 1975-1977 and they still have not been released on CD. The titles are "Stars," "I'd Rather Believe In You," "Cherished" and an album billed as Allman and Woman (which she made with then-husband Gregg Allman) entitled "Two the Hard Way."
Do you know why these have not been released on CD? Or do you know when they will be on CD? It seems to me that Warner Bros. would have released them in 1999 when Cher was riding high with "Believe," but they didn't.
Also do you know anything about an album recorded by Cher right after "Take Me Home" came out in 1979 that was rejected by her record company and never released by Casablanca? Her album "Prisoner" was released instead.
Thanks for your help with these two questions.
As it turns out, Cher owns the masters for those four Warner albums, so she controls their fate. We reached out to Warner Bros. and Rhino Records to confirm this.
So, why haven't they come out on CD? We'd have to ask Cher the next time we get her on the phone.
Unfortunately, I don't have any information about the alleged aborted Casablanca album.
Interesting; but there you have it.