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"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!Read more ›
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)
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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Fantastic collection of Cocker classics. I put this on at a party and things kicked into high gear. Highly recommend.Published 8 days ago by R OMeara
the condition as stated, great price and arrived as promisedPublished 1 month ago by relaxed reader
Great cross section of his work for someone like me who wants all his good stuff on one CD. I don't agree with the reviews complaining about poor sound quality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Whitaker