Cher | I Paralyze (Expanded Edition)

paralyze_shopHot 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features a new interview with Wolfert conducted by journalist and music critic Quentin Harrison, along with previously unpublished photos from Cher’s shoot with the legendary Harry Langdon.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.

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Track List:

Preview 1. Rudy (3:50)
Preview 2. Games (3:55)
Preview 3. I Paralyze (3:49)
Preview 4. When The Love Is Gone (4:02)
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5. Say What’s On Your Mind (4:04)
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6. Back On The Street Again (3:17)
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7. Walk With Me (3:30)
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8. The Book Of Love (3:19)
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9. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (4:13)

Bonus Vocal Mixes (Previously Unreleased):
Preview 10. Rudy (Alternate Mix) (4:14)
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11. Rudy (Rough Mix) (4:17)

Bonus Instrumental Mixes (Previously Unreleased):
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12. Rudy (Instrumental) (5:03)
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13. Games (Instrumental) (4:01)
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14. When The Love Is Gone (Instrumental) (4:09)
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15. Say What’s On Your Mind (Instrumental) (4:44)
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16. Back On The Street Again (Instrumental) (3:27)
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17. Walk With Me (Instrumental) (4:15)
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18. The Book Of Love (Instrumental) (3:30)
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19. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (Instrumental) (4:13)