|Heart of Stone|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 19, 1989|
Original album artwork
|Singles from Heart of Stone|
Heart of Stone is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 19, 1989 by Geffen Records. As of January 1991, the album has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. The album was supported by her 1989-1990 sold-out Heart of Stone Tour.
Heart of Stone was released in 1989 and was her second studio album for Geffen Records. As with her previous album Cher, Peter Asher, Jon Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Guy Roche and Desmond Child performed songwriting and/or producing duties. Bonnie Tyler and Michael Bolton performed background vocals on the song "Emotional Fire", which was an outtake from Bolton's 1987 album The Hunger, as was "Starting Over" (Demo versions of both songs exist in bootleg form, and have surfaced on YouTube). The album was recorded in late 1988/early 1989, during the third year of Cher's relationship with Rob Camilletti, to whom she dedicated the album.
Heart of Stone reached number ten in the United States, number seven in the United Kingdom, and by topping the charts in Australia, Heart of Stone became Geffen's first international number one album. It was her first solo album in the United States (Sonny and Cher's debut album Look at Us reached number two and stayed there for eight weeks) to reach the top 10. Further on in her career, Cher would go on to have five more top ten albums - Believe, Living Proof, The Very Best of Cher, Closer to the Truth and Dancing Queen. The album has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States, with 964,000 of those units sold since early 1991, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began counting actual sales that same year.
The album was first released with artwork and later re-released with more conventional studio photos. The original front cover album art is a painting by Octavio Ocampo that features Cher sitting beside a stone heart. However, when examined in its entirety and from a distance, it's clear this is also a painting of a human skull in profile (note the midriff folds in her dress forming the teeth; see infobox picture). The artwork was changed shortly after its release, making copies with the original artwork collector's items.
She recorded two other songs for the album, "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" and "Some Guys", but neither made the final cut. A remixed version of "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" was included on the Geffen compilation album If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits. The reissue of that album, per Cher's request, does not include the song. A demo version of "Some Guys" was included on the "If I Could Turn Back Time" 7- and 12-inch singles.
"Heart of Stone" and "If I Could Turn Back Time" were both slightly remixed for the single. The "Heart of Stone" remix is available on CD on the compilation If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits issued by Geffen Records.
The album produced three top 10 hits as well as a top 20 hit with the title track.
|1.||"If I Could Turn Back Time"||Diane Warren||4:16|
|2.||"Just Like Jesse James"||Child||4:06|
|3.||"You Wouldn't Know Love"||Bolton||3:30|
|4.||"Heart of Stone"||Peter Asher||4:21|
|5.||"Still in Love with You"||Bolton||3:08|
|6.||"Love on a Rooftop"||Asher||4:22|
|8.||"All Because of You"||Lind||3:30|
|9.||"Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?"||Child||4:12|
|11.||"Kiss to Kiss"||Lind||4:23|
|12.||"After All" (with Peter Cetera; love theme from Chances Are)||Asher||4:07|
Adapted taken from CD Booklet, 1989 Geffen Records
|Australia (ARIA)||4× Platinum||280,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||4× Platinum||400,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone