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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B001AQSOFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Sheffield Steel appeared in 1982, listeners could be forgiven for imagining, during the instrumental portions, that they were hearing not a Joe Cocker disc, but rather a Robert Palmer record. The instrumentalists were the Compass Point All-Stars, led by drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, and including keyboard player Wally Badarou and guitarist Barry Reynolds, and they maintained a steady tropical groove on most tracks that strongly recalled their work on Palmer's series of albums. Typically, however, Cocker made his own a group of high-quality songs from major songwriters. Bob Dylan's "Seven Days" was an obscure tune only previously heard in a 1979 recording by Ron Wood. Cocker succeeded with Randy Newman's "Marie" as he would again four years later with the songwriter's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by singing it without any of the irony Newman's version contained. Cocker got a jump on what would be the title track to Steve Winwood's next album, "Talking Back to the Night," and he approached Jimmy Webb's "Just Like Always" with delicacy. -- --- -- --- --- ---- ---- ---- --- ---- -- This is one of the best albums ever produced! Why you ask? The voice of Joe Cocker is perfectly balanced with the background music to create a totally enjoyable experience. There are unusual and different sounds created here. One must listen without interruptions to feel and hear the impact. I am not even a die-hard Joe Cocker fan, yet I found myself mesmerized by the supporting cast of musicians. Subtle nuances of organ, bass, electric guitar and background vocals makes this a repeat listening pleasure. This album is over a decade old but sets the standard in my mind for beautifully mixed lyric's and music blended to perfection. Review by Todd Heneman. Track Listings 1. Look What You've Done 2. Shocked 3. Sweet Little Woman 4. Seven Days 5. Marie 6. Ruby Lee 7. Many Rivers to Cross 8. So Good, So Right 9. Talking Back to the Night 10. Just Like Always

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Henehan on August 21, 2002
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This is one of the best albums ever produced! Why you ask? The voice of Joe Cocker is perfectly balanced with the background music to create a totally enjoyable experience. There are unusual and different sounds created here. One must listen without interruptions to feel and hear the impact.
I am not even a die-hard Joe Cocker fan, yet I found myself mesmerized by the supporting cast of musicians. Subtle nuances of organ, bass, electric guitar and background vocals makes this a repeat listening pleasure.
This album is over a decade old but sets the standard in my mind for beautifully mixed lyric's and music blended to perfection.
I have a vinyl copy and have been looking for a CD copy that will carry me forward for years of listening pleasure. My vinyl version is quite scratched but still an evening of delight. Seriously this album is a MUST listen, it is timeless and near perfection!
If this group of musicians/producers has produced anything else I would love to hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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A turnaround in Cocker's career. Definitely worthwhile checking out. While some may find it polished, the style is never too slick, but tightly controlled and right on the mark. Special mention for the excellent Sly and Robbie rythm tandem. Get it!
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By carol on November 2, 2010
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I had a hard time getting this CD til I looked on AMazon. I remember it from my "youth" lol, and it remains a classic Joe Cocker! So glad I have it now. I listen to it all the time, and never get sick of it.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan May on February 21, 1999
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Joe Cocker was having a difficult time getting a record contract during the early 80's, and that may be the reason he was forced to use Chris Blackwell's studio musicians instead of his fantastic touring band at the time -- including the late great B.J. Wlson (of Procol Harum) on drums and incredible guitarist Cliff Goodwin. I've heard Live tapes of most of the songs on this album, and they put the recorded versions to shame. Ruby Lee, especially, boasts one of the greatest guitar solos (by Goodwin) that I've ever heard. The cold, mechanical sounding rhythm section and uninteresting instrumental work on this album are the reasons for the lack of excitement. I hope Joe Cocker will listen again to the Live versions of these songs, realize their great value, and have them released on CD someday. In the meantime, this wonderful band can only be heard on one CD -- "Live in New York," thankfully available here at amazon.com.
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