January 11, 1991 at 05:00 AM EST

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down): The Best of Cher

Current Status
In Season
Pop, Reissues
We gave it a C+

Given the public’s current perception of Cher as something between serious actress and trashy tabloid star, this reminder of her career as a ’60s pop singer comes as a blast of campy nostalgia. Cher doesn’t have a great voice, but her enthusiasm and presence enlivened an uneven procession of records produced (clumsily) by then-husband Sonny Bono. Regrettably Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), this solo compilation omits the couple’s folk-rock duets (”I Got You Babe” and others) and ends before Cher’s career revived in 1971. Only on this record could an impressive copy of Phil Spector’s girl-group sound coexist with the melodic melodrama of ”You Better Sit Down, Kids” and an utterly inane interpretation of South African singer Miriam Makeba’s ”The Click Song Number One.” C+

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