Vibe On Records is set to expand Cher’s 1982 Columbia Records album I Paralyze
Cher’s oft-forgotten album I Paralyze is set to be reissued this autumn with ten bonus tracks.
Hot off the heels of her stint in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Cher was whisked into the studio to record her first and only set for Columbia Records. Largely produced by David Wolfert, with input from John Farrar, the album was a departure from Cher’s recent disco success with Prisoner and Take Me Home.
Released in May 1982, lead single “Rudy” was a stomping pop record tailor made for mainstream success, but surprisingly underperformed. Its follow-up, the album’s title track, also received a UK release with a similar response. As such, the album missed the Billboard 200. Though one of Cher’s most overlooked, I Paralyze remains a firm fan favorite and collector’s item, with early CD issues of the album commanding a small fortune.
This first ever expanded edition boasts ten previously unreleased bonus tracks, consisting of two stunning vocal mixes of “Rudy” as well as instrumental versions of the Wolfert-produced material. The booklet features a new interview with Wolfert conducted by journalist and music critic Quentin Harrison, along with previously unpublished photos from Cher’s shoot with the legendary Harry Langdon. The album has been remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York.
Pre-orders for the album are being taken now via VibeOnRecords.com, with early orders receiving a limited 5″ x 5″ art card that will serve as an alternate album cover. Pre-order pricing is in place until the September 23 ship date. The album will be available to purchase from Amazon.com from October 7.
Buy I Paralyze:
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?
Bonus Vocal Mixes (Previously Unreleased):
10. Rudy (Short Version)
11. Rudy (Long Version)
Bonus Instrumental Mixes (Previously Unreleased):
12. Rudy (Instrumental)
13. Games (Instrumental)
14. When The Love Is Gone (Instrumental)
15. Say What’s On Your Mind (Instrumental)
16. Back On The Street Again (Instrumental)
17. Walk With Me (Instrumental)
18. The Book Of Love (Instrumental)
19. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (Instrumental)
A pop icon and American treasure, Cher got her start as half of Sonny and Cher in the 1960s. She amassed international fame with an array of top 10 hits like “Believe” and “Take Me Home,” along with screen roles, winning an Oscar for her role in Moonstruck. Her farewell tour holds the Guinness World Record for being the highest-grossing tour of all time. Throughout her over fifty-year career, she’s amassed over 120 industry awards and continues to record and tour. Her most recent album, Closer to the Truth, was noted as debuting higher on the Billboard 200 than any of her previous solo albums.
ABOUT VIBE ON RECORDS:
Vibe On Records is an independent reissue label specializing in limited-run expanded editions of classic and forgotten pop records on CD. Their inaugural release was a deluxe edition of La Toya Jackson’s 1990 album Bad Girl (VIBE 101).