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I Paralyze


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  • Audio CD (June 29 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000JHD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rudy
2. Games
3. I Paralyze
4. When The Love Is Gone
5. Say What's On Your Mind
6. Back On The Street Again
7. Walk With Me
8. The Book Of Love
9. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind

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This apparent camp classic came and went in 1982 without so much as one week on the Billboard charts. Cher fans who dig her late-'80s power-ballad phase might like I Paralyze, an early stab at the genre (never mind the cover's new wave styling). Silly love songs from the pens of Desmond Child, John Waite, and Jacques Morali are, um, highlights, as is the way Cher's vocal, er, prowess is buried deep in the title track's mix. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
I Paralyze is a superb camp classic. The simple melodic lyrics and the order of the songs create a easy and fun listening experience. Each song has a listenable quality, which makes this album very marketable (if it had been marketed). The title track, one of Cher's favorite pre-Believe era songs, even had "re-make" writen all over it in Cher's mind. An Amazing blend of first rate singles, followed by a powerful ballad, cruise into a set of 4 amazing up beat tunes, and then the LP concludes with a country-style Dolly Parton-ish "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," which proove Cher could be a first rate country girl...in case she couldnt make it in the real recording industry. The amazingly up-beat and happy "Back on the Street Again" is Cher's pre "All or Nothing" personal theme song and "The Book of Love" see's Cher yelling "stupid cupid!" like a little broken hearted girl. I truly Believe (pun intended) that this "short but sweet" style cd is a non-dancy 80's style of Believe. The LP is short, but every song is great. There are no over powering bass beats, no long drawn out repetative songs, and no (lets face it) bad songs. Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant!
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This album is so good and unique showing many sides of Cher's versatility. This '82 project was released on a Columbia offspring and was meant to launch Cher back into the spotlight after a few disco/rock flops. It didn't do to the fact that Cher was heavily focused on acting. Good career move, but it caused this record to be a huge bomb with very catchy songs that not only eighties lite rock lovers would dig, but that Cher fans would adore.
The songs have a slight rock girlgroup feel with the light hearted twangy rock tunes as "Walk With Me" and "Say What's On Your Mind" combining the new rock sound of AOR and slight new wave. Her best rocker on here is "Back On The Street Again" with signature sounds and that voice wailing. Slight ballads soar with excellent production like "When The Love is Gone" and "Games". They are much stronger then her "Take Me Home" ballads with A+ instrumentation and that fun sound that I dig. Cher's older ballads didn't have enough going on and of as much soul that was poured into them; these feel like they really have her heart. "Rudy" is a brilliant rock ballad with yearning vocals yet upbeat music.
And the song "I Paralyze". The ultimate track. A quirky dance meets rock meets party polka in way with seductive words and sex appeal all over.
I can't fully recommend the album to all because these melodies are a bit dated but they are all really good. You really have to love eighties music to appreciate this one while her Geffen albums are that badly dated and still get some radio play. Still wroth checking out, and a must for Cher fans. I think it's one of her best out of print albums.
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Cher made I Paralyze when she first was on Broadway with Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. It's a mixed CD, but she is "good on "RUDY", "Games", and the especially brillant "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?". (note: this song is not the same "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" that Dolly Parton wrote and recorded. Two totally different songs with the same title).
Update: March 2004: Re-reading my review in contrast to others, I have to also point out that "When the Love is Gone" is a brillant, heartfelt, power-ballad that touches the soul of any listener who has felt love and then, sadly, to have lost it. Also, "The Book of Love" is a fun, upbeat song to listen to/sing along with.

One interesting reaction I have had lately to the album: the instrumentation is heavily synthesized and sounds suddenly to me as a bit "old fashioned". Wonder if anyone else have the same reaction? Though Cher could record almost anything and I would love it, I am not as big of a fan of "Back on the Street Again" as with the rest of the album, though I acknowledge that Cher's devoted 80's "rocker Cher" fans will find it superb.
The album deserved/deserves more recognition, as do so many of Cher's works, and no one should miss this gem. My greatest disappointment: only 9 songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joseph h beck on July 12 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a gigantic fan of Cher's,except for an interval of 10 yrs.(1980-1990).When i purchased this cd 6 months ago,based on an internet fan club review,I was "thrilled"!A different flavor for Cher fans-you can't sit still during title track-& her voice is beautifully expressive thruout!
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This is one of CHER's best and most underrated projects.
The year 1982 was a time for BETTE DAVIS EYES on the pop charts.
At the time, most female vocalists with the exception of KIM CARNES, LAURA BRANNIGAN, SHEENA EASTON & JUICE NEWTON were being ignored by retail and the BILLBOARD CHARTS.

The superb early 1980's production on the title track of this CD comes from the musical genius known for producing the sound of the #1 hit MAGIC (Xanadu) for OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN.
You'll even get the same musical feel when listening to the title track.
This CD is really worth purchasing.
I PARALYZE reveals to the listeners yet another texture and level of the multi talented artist known to the world as simply CHER !
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