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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teaming up with Matt Serletic, a producer who made his name via his work with Collective Soul and especially Matchbox Twenty, Joe Cocker comes up with a clean, shiny machine on Hard Knocks. Despite Cocker's trademark soulful rasp, this isn't an especially warm album. It's bright and bold, as hard and shiny as stainless steel, but there isn't a meanness to it: it's professional to its core, each note polished til it gleams, not one song outside of Cocker's wheelhouse. He pours his passion in, which may not be enough to liven up this buttoned-down upper-crust soul, but it is enough to keep things pleasant.
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teaming up with Matt Serletic, a producer who made his name via his work with Collective Soul and especially Matchbox Twenty, Joe Cocker comes up with a clean, shiny machine on Hard Knocks. Despite Cocker's trademark soulful rasp, this isn't an especially warm album. It's bright and bold, as hard and shiny as stainless steel, but there isn't a meanness to it: it's professional to its core, each note polished til it gleams, not one song outside of Cocker's wheelhouse. He pours his passion in, which may not be enough to liven up this buttoned-down upper-crust soul, but it is enough to keep things pleasant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886976369828
  • Catalog Number: 7636982

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Knocks (3:23)
  2. 2 Get On (3:28)
  3. 3 Unforgiven (4:14)
  4. 4 The Fall (3:49)
  5. 5 So It Goes (3:21)
  6. 6 Runaway Train (3:27)
  7. 7 Stay the Same (4:39)
  8. 8 Thankful (3:59)
  9. 9 So (3:56)
  10. 10 I Hope (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Judson Spence Background Vocals
Stephanie Bentley Background Vocals
Stevie Blacke Violin, Cello, Viola
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Josh Freese Drums
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Ron King Trumpet
Greg Morrow Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Wurlitzer
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Reese Wynans Piano
Kara DioGuardi Choir, Chorus
Joel Shearer Guitar
Cleto Escobedo Saxophone
Jeff Babko Trombone
Matt Serletic Keyboards
Dorian Crozier Drums
Chris Chaney Bass
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Niomisha Wilson Choir, Chorus
Mabvuto Carpenter Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Robyn Troup Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Shawntae Jackson Choir, Chorus
Kim Keys Background Vocals
Sherree Brown Background Vocals
Renee Jackson Choir, Chorus
Erica Dowd Choir, Chorus
Dorian Ford Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Bailey Choir, Chorus
Nomisha Jackson Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Tony Brown Producer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Stephanie Bentley Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Ollie Marland Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Chantal Kreviazuk Composer
Mark Dobson Engineer, Pro-Tools
Doug Trantow Engineer, Pro-Tools
Matt Serletic Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Alex Arias Engineer, Pro-Tools
Mitch Allan Composer
Natalie Maines Composer
Nick Lachey Composer
Kevin Moore Composer
Shannon Sanders Composer
Emily Robison Composer
Danny Myrick Composer
Marc Broussard Composer
Ryan Corey Art Direction
Martie Maguire Composer
Miles Siggins Photo Stylist
Maxwell Ramsey Composer
Aimee Proal Composer
Dave Hodges Composer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter Composer
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