Fire It Up

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teaming up once again with producer Matt Serletic, the Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul producer who helmed the 2010 album Hard Knocks, Joe Cocker winds up branching out in slightly different directions on 2012's Fire It Up. Where Hard Knocks wound up as a clean, polished, blue-eyed soul album, Fire It Up sounds closer to Serletic's work with Matchbox 20 -- an adult pop album where the R&B is buried beneath gleaming, pulsating rock. Cocker has often mined this crossover vein and he's done so with engaging results going as far back as 1989's "When the Night Comes," and he sounds appealing enough here, particularly on the sprightlier numbers. When things start ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teaming up once again with producer Matt Serletic, the Matchbox 20 and Collective Soul producer who helmed the 2010 album Hard Knocks, Joe Cocker winds up branching out in slightly different directions on 2012's Fire It Up. Where Hard Knocks wound up as a clean, polished, blue-eyed soul album, Fire It Up sounds closer to Serletic's work with Matchbox 20 -- an adult pop album where the R&B is buried beneath gleaming, pulsating rock. Cocker has often mined this crossover vein and he's done so with engaging results going as far back as 1989's "When the Night Comes," and he sounds appealing enough here, particularly on the sprightlier numbers. When things start to slow down, Cocker sounds a little more vulnerable, a little older, and while there's charm to that raggedness, Serletic's production is too precise to be a good match. Nevertheless, this is an assured, professionally crafted piece of contemporary adult pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886919255027
  • Catalog Number: 1925502
  • Sales rank: 45,335

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Joel Shearer Guitar
Jeff Babko Trombone
Matt Serletic Keyboards
George Shelby Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dorian Crozier Percussion, Drums
Chris Chaney Bass
Tom Bukovac Guitar
Jamie Hovorka Trumpet
John Daversa Trumpet
Mabvuto Carpenter Background Vocals
Julie Waters Background Vocals
Ayana Williams Background Vocals
Maxine Waters Background Vocals
Kara Britz Background Vocals
Michael Finnigan Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Sherree Brown Background Vocals
Cleto Escobedo III Baritone Saxophone
Richie Ferris Background Vocals
RDVZ A Cappella Group Background Vocals
Nicholas Tubbs Background Vocals
Melinda Porto Background Vocals
Melanie Fernandez Background Vocals
Jeremy Hitch Background Vocals
Anh Nguyen Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Burr Composer
Stephanie Bentley Composer
Rick Brewster Composer
Steve Diamond Composer
Alan Frew Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
DeMarco Johnson Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Graham Lyle Composer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Jeff Trott Composer
Ross Wilson Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Kevin Bowe Composer
Doug Trantow Engineer, Pro-Tools
Matt Serletic Arranger, Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Alex Arias Programming
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Keith Urban Composer
Tyler Hilton Composer
Joe Stark Composer
Marc Broussard Composer
Joss Stone Composer
Calvin Turner Composer
Jamie Kenney Composer
Victoria Horn Composer
Chad Gilmore Composer
Johnny Reid Composer
Rob Giles Composer
Steve McMorran Composer
James Brown Engineer
Courtlan Clement Composer
Charlie Evans Composer
Marty Dodson Composer
Albert Mendonca Photo Stylist
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