Joe Cocker – Live (1989)

FrontCover1Joe Cocker Live is a live album by Joe Cocker, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). It was recorded live 5 October 1989 at Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts with the exception of the last two tracks which were recorded in the studio. The album was re-released in 2011 under the title Joe Cocker’s Greatest Hits Live. (by wikipedia)

It’s no “Mad Dogs & Englishmen,” but this 1991 live release is a more than worthy companion to that seminal recording; whereas “Mad Dogs” was as much a showcase for the brilliant ensemble he was touring with at the time, “Live” is all Cocker, containing several of his biggest hits as well as two new songs recorded shortly after his 1990 tour.

Those who enjoyed the soulful, organic sound of “Mad Dogs” may be put off by the slick, bombastic ”80s’ sound of “Live,” but it’s very easy to overlook since Cocker is the star of the show here: his voice is at his rough, gritty, passionate best, and he is absolutely electric on every performance. Few performers invested themselves in selling a song more than Cocker, and the performances of gems like “When the Night Comes,” “You Are So Beautiful,” “Unchain My Heart,” and of course, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” are perfect examples of that. Uptempo classics like “Feelin’ Alright,” “Hitchcock Railway,” “You Can Leave Your Hat On,” and “The Letter” come alive in the concert setting, and it’s impossible not to jump and down with delight on the closing rave-up of “High Time We Went,” one of the greatest live performances I’ve ever heard and a pure adrenaline rush.

“Live” is an excellent lp of Cocker on top of his game and a wonderful addition to his catalog. (by Anthony Nastion )

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Personnel:
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Deric Dyer (saxophone, percussion)
Gary Buho Gazaway (trumpet)
Phil Grande (guitar)
Steve Holley (drums)
Wayne Jackson (trumpet)
Bashiri Johnson (percussion)
Jeff Levine (keyboards)
Andrew Love (saxophone)
Keith Mack (guitar)
Keni Richards (drums)
Earl Slick (guitar)
Chris Stainton (keyboards)
T.M. Stevens (bass, background vocals)
Crystal Taliefero (percussion, background vocals)
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background vocals:
Tawatha Agee – Doreen Chanter – Maxine Green – Vaneese Thomas – Fonzi Thornton

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Tracklist:
01. Feelin’ Alright (Mason) 4.43
02. Shelter Me (Di Stefano) 4.26
03. Hitchcock Railway (Dunn/McCashen) 3.58
04. Up Where We Belong (Nitzsche/Sainte-Marie/Jennings) 4.35
05. Guilty (Newman) 2.40
06. You Can Leave Your Hat On (Newman) 4.20
07. When the Night Comes (Adams/Vallance/Warren) 4.52
08. Unchain My Heart (Sharp, Jr.) 5.50
09. With A Little Help from My Friends (Lennon/McCartney) 9.13
10. You Are So Beautiful (Preston/Fisher) 4.23
11. The Letter (Thompson) 4.31
12. She Came in Through The Bathroom Window (McCartney/Lennon) 2.30
13. High Time We Went (Cocker/Stainton) 7.58
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14. What Are You Doing With A Fool Like Me (Warren) 4.51
15. Living In The Promiseland (Jones) 3.55

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Joe Cocker – Stingray (1976)

FrontCover1Stingray is the sixth studio album by Joe Cocker, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music).

“Stingray” is Joe Cocker’s seventh and arguably his best album.

Recorded in Jamaica with the aid of crack producer Rob Fraboni, and a tightly sprung soul band, “Stingray” moves with an understated forcefulness that simultaneously generates both moonlit loveliness and churning dramatic tension.

A new album of such power and beauty it affirms, once again, why Joe Cocker has a special place in American music.

Cocker’s entire range of vocal expression – from his fragile whisper to his desperate scream – comes across with breathtaking urgency.

Joe Cocker has reached another artistic pinnacle with more than a little help from his friends” (A&M promotional ad)

“Stingray”  is Joe Cocker’s  6th studio album, released in 1976 and ranks as a favorite among his musical peers. Joe turns in some unbelievable vocal performances on such tunes as “The Jealous Kind”, “A Song For You”, “She is My Lady” and “The Worrier” (which features Eric Clapton on guitar).

The soulful rhythm section is anchored by Joe’s then backup band ‘Stuff’ with lead guitarist Eric Gale providing flawless guitar solo’s throughout. Great backup vocals are provided by Patti Austin, Deniece Williams and Bonnie Bramlet.

Without question it ranks alongside the best rock albums ever made. Cocker’s singing has enourmous emotional power and range and the song selection is exquisite.(by Anthony)

Joe Cocker’s album “Stingray”, 1976, is a favorite of mine. Its flavor is so similar to Joe’s 1974 album, “I Can Stand A Little Rain” they could have been a double album.
I purchased the vinyl album of this and played it until the needle wore the record down. Once, after a show that I opened for Joe, I was privileged to meet Pam Cocker. I told her that Stingray was a favorite of mine and she said it was a favorite of hers too. I told her that I had found and purchased just about all of Joe’s albums on CD but Stingray had not been released on CD yet and I wondered why. I constantly was searching for it and when I finally found it available, I rushed to order it. When it arrived, I sat down, with headphones on, and marveled at the songs that I hadn’t heard in decades.

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The first Track “The Jealous Kind” has a Reggae feel, and keyboardist Richard Tee, really sweetens the sound with his choice of keyboard and deftly played licks. I perform this song, a lot in my “As Joe Cocker” Tribute Shows. Track two, “I Broke Down” is an up tempo tune, with energy suitable for an opening song of a live concert. Track Three, “You Came Along” is a Bobby Charles song that features an echo effect at 36 seconds into the song, on Joe’s voice that is short but I listen for it every time that I listen to this track. Track Four, “Catfish” is a favorite of mine, written by Bob Dylan. It tells the story of Catfish Hunter, the famous baseball pitcher. Catfish is my favorite pitcher in baseball ever. I had never heard Dylan’s version of the song so I found it and gave it a listen. Since I had heard Joe’s version first and loved it, I hated Dylan’s original. Track Five, “Moon Dew” is a vehicle for the dynamics of Joe’s voice.

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It starts soft and low and builds to a gut felt, sorrowful, voice with an instrumental finish. Track Six, “The Man In Me”, is also a Bob Dylan composition. Joe’s version is a Reggae arranged song that has a happy bounce to it. Track seven, “She Is My Lady”, is a bluesy number with a distinct Gospel feel to it. I was surprised to learn that it was written by George Clinton. Donny Hathaway recorded this song. Joe’s version is so powerfully sang with feeling; I can’t imagine anyone doing a better version of this song than Joe. Track 8, “Worrier”, I love the lyrics to this song. On this call and answer arrangement, the girls really shine. One of the singers has a sound that I can only describe as a “Cockerish” growl. Track 9, “Born Thru Indifference”, features Richard Tee playing a B3 Organ, and the slinky sound of Eric Gale playing his guitar. The last track is “A Song For You” by Leon Russell. This arrangement is really slowed down from Leon’s version, which allows Joe’s heart and soul to stand out in his interpretation of these lyrics. Many Cocker Fans have not heard this album. I recommend it, especially if you heard and liked the “I can Stand A Little Rain” album. (by Alan Kaye)

Indeed: One of the finest albums Joe Cocker ever recorded !

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Personnel:
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Cornell Dupree (guitar)
Gordon Edwards (bass)
Steve Gadd (drums, percussion)
Eric Gale (guitar)
Richard Tee (keyboards)
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Background vocals:
Patti Austin – Bonnie Bramlett – Lani Groves – Gwen Guthrie – Phyllis Lindsay – Brenda White – Maxine Willard – Deniece Williams
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Eric Clapton (guitar on 08.)
Felix “Flaco” Falcon (percussion)
Albert Lee (guitar on 03.)
Sam Rivers (saxophone)

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Tracklist:
01. The Jealous Kind (Charles) 3.51
02. I Broke Down (Moore) 3.29
03. You Came Along (Charles) 3.50
04. Catfish (Dylan/Levy) 5.24
05. Moon Dew (Moore) 5,53
06. The Man In Me (Dylan) 2.43
07. She Is My Lady (Clinton) 4.37
08. Worrier (Moore) 3.16
09. Born Thru Indifference (Cocker/Tee) 6.15
10. A Song For You (Russell) 6.25

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Joe Cocker – Night Calls (1991)

FrontCover1Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70, his agent has confirmed.
The Sheffield born singer song-writer had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed he had died of an undisclosed illness.

He was “simply unique” and “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” he added.
Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.
He was propelled to pop stardom when his version of The Beatles’ With A Little Help from My Friends reached number one in 1968.
He performed the song at the famous Woodstock Festival in New York state a year later.

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, Up Where We Belong – from An Officer And A Gentleman – hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.

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He was made an OBE in 2007.

Last year his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.
Mr Marshall said it was with “the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night”.
“He was without the doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain and remained the same man throughout his life.”
He described Cocker as a “true star” who was also “a kind and humble man who loved to perform”.
“Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him,” he added.
‘Etched in our memories’
Among the musicians who have paid tribute to Cocker, were the Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr, who tweeted: “Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker.”

Singer song-writer Frank Turner tweeted: “Wow. Sad to hear of Joe Cocker’s passing. Incredible singer.”
BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz said Cocker may have had “the finest blues soul voice ever to come out of Britain”.
Edgar Berger, chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment International, who signed Cocker, said he was “one of the most humble men I’ve ever met.

He said his voice “will forever be etched in our memories”.

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Cocker’s rep has always been as a superb interpreter of other people’s material. For Night Calls, the Sheffield native peaks with the opening track — a memory-engraving rendition of the Bryan Adams/Diane Warren-penned “Feels Like Forever.” It’s the higher profile songs that ultimately disappoint on Night Calls. Cocker eventually works up a lather toward the end of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” but it never reaches the standard of other Beatles classics in his repertoire (“With a Little Help from My Friends,” “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”). The biggest let-down is the lack of commitment projected on Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.” Still, even slumming Cocker sounds more real and soulful than, say, Michael Bolton in his wildest dreams. (by Roch Parisien)

Booklet01APersonnel:
Alex Acuña (percussion)
Michael Baird (drums)
Jim Brock (timbales)
Mike Campbell (guitar)
Joe Cocker (vocals)
Sydney Davis (background vocals)
Deric Dyer (saxophone)
Phil Grande (guitar)
Steve Holley (drums, tambourine)
Marti Jones (background vocals)
Joshua Kadison
Rory Kaplan (keyboards)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Danny Kortchmar (guitar)
Ian McLagan (organ)
New Life Community Choir (background vocals)
David Paich (keyboards)
Greg Phillinganes (keyboards)
Maxine Sharp (background vocals)
Chris Stainton (piano)
T.M. Stevens (bass)
Neil Stubenhaus (bass)
Benmont Tench (organ)
The Water Sisters (background vocals)

Booklet03ATracklist:
01. Feels Like Forever (Adams/Warren) 4.43
02. I Can Hear The River (Dixon) 3.42
03. Now That The Magic Has Gone (Miles) 4.42
04. Unchain My Heart (90´s version) (Sharp/Powell) 5.08
05. Night Calls (Lynne) 3.28
06. There´s A Storm Coming (Hadley/Wilson) 4.10
07. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 3.29
08. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (John/Taupin) 5.30
09. When The Night Comes (Adams/Vallance/Warren) 4.47
10. Five Women (Prince) 5.35
11. Love Is Alive (Wright) 3.57
12. Please No More (Hansen/Egan) 5.28
13. Out Of The Rain (White) 4.38
14. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Lennon/McCartney) 5.03
15. When A Woman Cries (Kadison) 4.17

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Various Artists – Rock Invasion (1956 – 1969) (1978)

FrontCover1This is a very rare sampler from 1978 released by London Records (I guess this album should promote their “Collectors Edition; in this edition London Records published many samplers of British acts like “Savoy Brown”, “Ten Years After”, David Bowie, “Them”, John Mayall or “Thin Lizzy” amongst others.

You can hear more or less rare recordings by musicians like Joe Cocker (“I’ll Cry Instead”), Rod Stewart (“Good Morning Little School Girl “), “Unit Four + Two” (“Concrete And Clay”) or “The Graham Bond Organisation” (“Long Tall Shorty”).

Listen and enjoy this music, from the days when we were young … Reflections of my life … And songs like ” Watcha Gonna Do About It”, “Long Tall Shorty” or “Tobacco Road” stands the test of time ! And maybe it´s time, to discover this period of music again … who knows ?

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01. Rod Stewart: Good Morning Little School Girl (Williamson) (1964) 2.12
02. The Fortunes: You’ve Got Your Troubles (Greenaway/Cook) (1965)  3.28
03. Lonnie Donegan: Rock Island Line (Donnegan) (1956) 2.34
04. Los Bravos: Black Is Black (Hayes/Wadey/Grainger) (1966)
05. Graham Bond Organisation: Long Tall Shorty (Covay/Abramson) (1964) 2.27
06. The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra: Da Doo Ron Ron (Spector/Greenwich/Barry) (1964) 2.28
07. The Nashville Teens: Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) (1964) 2.32
08. Joe Cocker: I’ll Cry Instead (Lennon/McCartney) (1964)1.47
09. Small Faces: Watcha Gonna Do About It (Samwell/Porter) (1965) 2.04
10. The Marmalade: Reflections Of My Life (Campbell/McAleese) (1969) 4.21
11. Unit Four + Two: Concrete And Clay (Parker/Moeller) (1965) 2.23
12. The Zombies: Tell Her No (Argent) (1965) 2.11

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