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Black Rose Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 10 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00000DB9S
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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Originally Released in 1980, this Record Reflects Cher's Then-Fascination with Straight-Ahead Rock Music. She Served as the Front Woman for the Band of the Album's Title (Black Rose) and Accordingly Carried Them. Includes the Cher-Gems "Young and Pretty", "Never Should've Started" and Six More.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xc4c3a5e8) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8dd9d68) out of 5 stars Cher can really do it all June 18 2000
By Jeremy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Without Cher, I would probably hate every second of this record - with the exception of guitarist (and Cher's then-boyfriend) Les Dudek's song, "You Know it". The remaining tracks were written by outside writers, something very rare for rock bands at the time (but not rare for Cher). It's a grab-bag of moderate rock tunes that I could take or leave; the magic happens when Cher sings them.
"Never Should've Started" kicks the record off to a good start, demonstrating promise in the songwriting. Right away, it is clear that Cher is in rocker mode - she adds a nice rasp to her voice now and then and sing-screams many lines to suit the style, doing so exceptionally well. "Julie" is weaker but still likable, and Cher means business - beware the occasional profanity on this record, beginning with this track. The next few songs are filler and have yet to excite me to any degree. "You Know It", as I mentioned before, is a strong track and Cher and Les wrap their harmonies around one another beautifully. It's got a shuffle-type tempo and could easily have been a Fleetwood Mac song. "Young and Pretty", in my opinion, is the highlight of the record - not that it's an outstanding song, but Cher sings it with superb emotion and conviction. At first it bothered me that most of the song was sung in a low vocal register, but it grew on me and only added to the dramatic flare of the track. The record closes with "Fast Company", with a nice guitar riff, but the song itself is nothing to write home about.
It's easy to see why Cher was so musically satisfied with her Black Rose experience - she is very, very good at singing the style (what CAN'T she sing? Folk, Pop, Hard Rock, AOR, Southern Rock, Dance, A/C, wow!) and brings nearly all of the quality to this album. A nod to Les Dudek for his talents - it's too bad we couldn't have heard more from him.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9be6d2c) out of 5 stars good CD for any Cher fan July 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Black Rose is well worth buying if you are a fan of Cher, it certainly is one of the only CD's by her that is all rock music. Perhaps though, if you are just looking for a good album by her, then it may be better to look elsewhere at some of her more typical pop/rock music. Black rose proves that Cher can rock just as well as some other artists, but her voice is more suited, in my opinion, to songs leaning more towards pop, such as those found in "Believe."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa902af48) out of 5 stars CHER'S "BLACK ROSE" IS A WINNER Feb. 8 2005
By Frank Rendo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think the re-release of this August 21, 1980 album still stands up today. True talent like Cher's never diminishes over time. Originally released simply as "BLACK ROSE" without fanfare that Cher was the lead singer of this new rock group, they really should have gone further. I think Casablanca Records was going through a transition at the time and really dropped the ball on this one. It simply wasn't promoted. (Cher made up for it in the late 80s thru the 90s with her own rock success.) The band really rocks...tremendously talented musicians made up this band with Toto players also on hand for seasoning (David Paich, & Steve Porcaro) and production lead by James Newton Howard. The songs are really good and memorable. The overall production values are excellent. Be happy it's been made available on CD. A must-have for Cher fans!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8dbe738) out of 5 stars A BLACK ROSE BY THE NAME OF CHER!!! March 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"BLACK ROSE" album is the most full Rock Album, that Cher has ever done. SHe shows she can rock with the best of them!! It is a unique album in that its is not typical 'CHER' Music. If you want to Rock out, then this is your album !!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8dbe15c) out of 5 stars Cher's 1980 Rock Classic! Oct. 21 2007
By gassy goon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Cher really does rock hard on this GREAT 1980 release recorded under the band name BLACK ROSE. Every track is good or great & clearly shows that Cher had wanted to sing in a rock band because she shows another facet of her talents here. Many fine songs like 88 DEGREES about a rock singer trying to make it in LA, YOUNG & PRETTY - a great rock ballad with super production, and the energetic rocker duet YOU KNOW IT with guitarist Les Dudek, plus the rocking opener NEVER SHOULD'VE STARTED which sets this pace for this fine album.

I had always wanted this album on CD, and while this is basically just a different front cover with the music [ and no credits at all , so packaging is nothing ], this budget import is a godsend! It's the music that matters here, and this is some of the best music Cher has made in her career. It illustrates her love of rock music , and it came 7 years before her rock phase with the Geffen label which resulted in her many latter day hits. These songs here are just as good, if not better. Somehow they seem more honestly Cher too.

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