"Foxy Lady" (1972) is one of Cher's most cohesive solo albums. The material, the performances, the song order -- all stand out. This was the follow up to Cher's successful second self-titled LP from 1971, her first gold album. After two top-ten singles (and one #1 single), "The Way Of Love" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," this album yielded only two Top 30 singles and it did not sell as well as its predecessor. A shame, too, since it was a far superior effort.
Most of the songs were produced by Snuff Garrett, who also produced the "Cher" LP the year before. The two moderate hits, "Don't Hide Your Love" and "Living In A House Divided" are great songs, and Cher's interpretive efforts were maturing. She performs a knock-out version of "A Song For You," and an intense "Never Been To Spain." Historically, this album included Cher's last solo recording of a Sonny Bono song, ironically titled "The First Time," the title of which became the title of Cher's autobiography. (Now Diehards, I'm not counting her re-recording of "Bang Bang" fifteen years later...)
This disc was released on CD on a hard-to-find "two-fer," paired with the "Cher" album. I wish they would release all of Cher's albums individually on CD, together with remixes and unreleased material. She belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame, together with Sonny, and individually as a solo artist. If enjoyment is any criteria for artistry, and it well should be, she's still the best.