Sonny Side of Cher


1. Where Do You Go

1. All I Really Want to Do
2. I Go to Sleep
3. Needles and Pins
4. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
5. He Thinks I Still Care
6. Dream Baby
7. Bells of Rhymney
8. Girl Don’t Come
9. See See Blues (C.C. Rider)
10. Come and Stay With Me
11. Cry Myself to Sleep
12. Blowin’ in the Wind
13. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
14. Young Girl (Une Enfante)
15. Where Do You Go
16. Our Day Will Come
17. Elusive Butterfly
18. Like a Rolling Stone
19. Ol’ Man River
20. Come to Your Window
21. Girl from Ipanema
22. It’s Not Unusual
23. Time
24. Milord

After the success of her previous album, Cher quickly recorded another album. The Sonny Side of Chr was in the chart with the second studio album of Sonny & Cher, The Wondrous World of Sonny & Cher. The album follows the same formula of the previous album with rearranged covers and new songs written by Bono. The Sonny Side of Chr was overall less successful than the previous release, but produced bigger hits than the first album did.

It contains Cher’s second hit, the Bono-penned song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”. With “Bang Bang”, Cher was definitively settled in the American pop culture. The album also had two songs with French influence, “A Young Girl” and “Our Day Will Come” and Edith Piaf’s famous “Milord”.
Like her previous album All I Really Want to Do, Cher covered one song written and performed by Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone”. The album also included Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”, the popular song “Our Day Will Come” and “The Girl from Ipanema”. Other covers are “A Young Girl” and “Ol’ Man River” (which shows the huge vocal power Cher already had on this early album).

The Sonny Side of Chr received mixed reviews from music critics. Tim Sendra of Allmusic gave two and a half stars for the album and compared it to the previous album, saying “Sonny Bono tinkers with the folk-rock formula that had made [Cher’s] previous album such a delight and ruins everything, leaving the album as nothing more than a chuckle-inducing curiosity, just the kind of silly record casual listeners might expect from the duo.” About the album said that “is doomed by its lack of heart and inability to rise above the formulaic.”

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