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This is up where it belongs, all right: at the top of the heap of Cocker collections, as it's the only one with his A&M, MCA, Island, Capitol and Sony hits! Up Where We Belong (with Jennifer Warnes); You Are So Beautiful; The Letter; Cry Me a River; When the Night Comes; Delta Lady; Feeling Alright; With a Little Help from My Friends 20 Cocker classics spanning 30 years!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. With A Little Help From My Friends
  2. Feelin' Alright
  3. Delta Lady
  4. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  5. The Letter (Live)
  6. Cry Me A River (Live)
  7. You Are So Beautiful
  8. I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today (w/The Crusaders)
  9. Sweet Little Woman
  10. Many Rivers To Cross
  11. Up Where We Belong (Duet w/Jennifer Warnes)
  12. Shelter Me
  13. You Can Leave Your Hat On
  14. Unchain My Heart (90s Version)
  15. When The Night Comes
  16. Now That The Magic Has Gone
  17. Summer In The City
  18. Have A Little Faith In Me
  19. Sail Away
  20. First We Take Manhattan


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00016MSXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Ultimate Collection by Joe Cocker may not have all of his best hits; but this is still a pretty good compilation nevertheless. The sound quality is excellent and I like the artwork. This CD is a must-have for Joe Cocker fans.

"With A Little Help From My Friends" is partially a cover a this famous tune by The Beatles; but when Joe Cocker performs his own rendition this number takes flight just about as good as when The Beatles performed it! The backup chorus bolsters Joe Cocker's performance and overall he delivers this ballad with a great deal of sensitivity. It makes a great beginning for this album. "Feelin' Alright" is a rockin' tune that has a catchy, almost irresistible melody to it; and Joe Cocker performs this without a single superfluous note! The percussion helps to mark the beat but there's an excellent arrangement for the piano--I love it!

"She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" is another cover of a Beatles tune; and Joe would make The Beatles proud with his sublime rendition! Joe sings this very well and the somewhat jazzy musical arrangement embellishes the number a great deal. Listen also for a live recording of "Cry Me A River;" this gets a jazzy, somewhat rock and roll treatment for this classic ballad made so famous by the great Julie London. In addition, "You Are So Beautiful" is clearly one of the greatest love songs ever written--Joe Cocker sings this with passion, heart and soul. It always amazes me to hear Joe sing "You Are So Beautiful."

"Up Where We Belong" is another duet made famous by both Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. The two artists complement each other rather well and this makes "Up Where We Belong" a solid number. There's also a "90s version" of "Unchain My Heart." "Unchain My Heart" really rocks and it sounds very good!
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Format: Audio CD
Hip-O Records presents "Ultimate Collection-Joe Cocker", featuring an anthology from 1969 through 2000 with a masterpiece within each cue ~ some signature tunes appear making this a not to be missed album that will fit nicely on the shelf of anyone's collection.
Opening track "WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS", the great Lennon/McCartney song is a blanket of hits the Beatles that gave Cocker became a huge, huge hit in his career ~ "DELTA LADY", composer Leon Russell gave Joe the funky ingredients he needed to make this his own ~ "SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW", an emotional lyrical tone with another Beatles endeavor ~ "THE LETTER", if it's blues you're craving, then my friend you've arrived...sit back and give this a serious listen ~ "YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL", the 1974 hit with piano and bass, shows another side of Cocker with heartfelt admiration for the girl he loves ~ "UP WHERE WE BELONG", simple ballad with Jennifer Warnes with the problems that arise in a relationship ~ "SHELTER", get ready for some fancy footwork, Cocker at his rockin' best (this is more than a toe-tapping track) ~ "SUMMER IN THE CITY", a catchy tune, soak up the beat and you're hooked ~ "SAIL AWAY", Randy Newman composed and sits in at the piano, a message that hits the mark everytime...a perfect bullseye!
For many Cocker fans, there are titles missing ~ but give this a listen and enjoy the twenty songs from the past thirty years...gotta love it!
Total Time: 79:59 on 20 Tracks ~ Hip-O Records 61208 ~ (1/13/2004)
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By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It appears the record company's intentions for this new CD was only to maximize profits; certainly very little was invested in assuring good sound. I wish I had not bought this CD. I already own several Joe Cocker CDs, and I bought this one hoping that, since it is a newer release, it would have better sound-quality than the ones I already own. Quite the contrary. Even though the older CDs are not great (sonically), the overall sound on this new CD is noticeably worse. This CD sounds harsh and brittle, sometimes making you want to leave the room while plugging your ears. If you already own Cocker's greatest-hits CD from circa 1987, keep it, for it has considerably better sound: on that CD the piano, percussion, and other instruments sound much more true to life than they do on this new CD.
I expect some reviewer will read this and respond that I am wrong, that the CD is perfectly clean and crisp and clear sounding. Yes, but "clean, crisp and clear" is not enough; recorded music should also present the music in its best form, with voices and instruments sounding natural and lifelike, with no harshness. Clarity alone is not sufficient. Somehow, the record company has stripped away the musical naturalness. This CD is not very pleasant to hear; and that's a shame, because Cocker's music is good.
Don't buy this CD. Send the message to the record company that we expect (and will wait for) a quality recording of Cocker's music. No more of this harsh, bad-sounding junk they keep reissuing...
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I grew up listening to Joe Cocker and many other legendary performers. Joe was always one of my favorites. Performed at Woodstock in 1969 his rendition of the Beatles "With A Little Help from My Friends" turned an OK song into a blusey, soul bearing, never to be forgotten rock athem. This performance and his version of the song are arguably one of the the landmark moments of a generational defining festival. His voice was pure and unrefined and one of the most distinctive voices in rock history. Losing Joe is like losing a genuine representation of legendary rock. He will be remembered and his music will live on. Some of his best recordings are on this CD.
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