Heart & Soul [US Bonus Track]

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Joe Cocker has had an ace up his sleeve ever since he exploded into international prominence in 1969. Possessing a gloriously gritty voice and passionate performance style, this perennial blue-eyed soulster has also always displayed unerring taste in the repertoire he records. Heart and Soul is not only no exception to the rule, it may well be the best example of Cocker’s second-nature discernment when it comes to a just-right song. Here Cocker returns to the mother’s milk of his art: timeless R&B classics and well-crafted pop-rock ballads. Cocker digs deep into a song’s tissue, finding himself in the words and music of others. He visits the turf of Aretha Franklin...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Joe Cocker has had an ace up his sleeve ever since he exploded into international prominence in 1969. Possessing a gloriously gritty voice and passionate performance style, this perennial blue-eyed soulster has also always displayed unerring taste in the repertoire he records. Heart and Soul is not only no exception to the rule, it may well be the best example of Cocker’s second-nature discernment when it comes to a just-right song. Here Cocker returns to the mother’s milk of his art: timeless R&B classics and well-crafted pop-rock ballads. Cocker digs deep into a song’s tissue, finding himself in the words and music of others. He visits the turf of Aretha Franklin (“Chain of Fools”), Paul McCartney (“Maybe I’m Amazed”), and John Lennon (“Jealous Guy”); pays tribute to two recently deceased legends, fellow Anglo belter Robert Palmer (“Every Kind of People”) and Nina Simone (“I Put a Spell on You”); and brings his inimitable magic to contemporary favorites like U2’s “One” and R.E.M.'s “Everybody Hurts.” It’s obvious that all these songs, whatever their vintage, are personal favorites. Assisting the ageless singer in this most heartfelt of projects are two other Brit-rock giants: guitarists Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When he came to popular attention in the late '60s, Joe Cocker reinvigorated and to a certain extent reinvented the art of interpretive singing at a time when it seemed to have been put in the shade permanently by the rise of singing songwriters led by Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Just when it seemed that no one but the songwriters themselves had the right to sing their songs, Cocker came along giving a gruff, pleading rendition of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" that stood in stark contrast to Ringo Starr's happy-go-lucky version. But on his many albums, Cocker usually made sure to balance his carefully selected covers of well-known material with previously unknown tunes so that he was able to originate some material. On Heart & Soul, which marks the 60-year-old singer's return to major-label status it was released on EMI internationally in October 2004 and on Universal's New Door imprint in the U.S. in February 2005, he doesn't bother with the new stuff; this one's all standards. The songs date from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '90s, and are drawn from R&B, pop
ock, and alternative rock stalwarts ranging from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to former Beatles, and contemporary acts U2 and R.E.M.. Producer Jeffrey C.J. Vanston makes a point of referencing the hit versions of the songs in the arrangements, which leave room for the talents of a who's-who of guest guitarists including Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Steve Lukather. Cocker's familiar growls and cracked crooning make the songs his own, as usual, and as usual he claims the material without any sense of exclusivity. He never makes you forget the accomplished singers who did these songs before sometimes more than one of them -- "I Keep Forgettin' [Every Time You're Near]" has had seemingly definitive readings by both Chuck Jackson and Michael McDonald, while "Jealous Guy" is associated not only with its author, John Lennon, but also Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry. Nor does he necessarily improve on those singers; could anyone turn in a more memorable version of "What's Going On" than Marvin Gaye? But that isn't really the point. It's not like his version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" was better than the Beatles', either. It was just different, and it made listeners hear the song in a different way. That's what an interpretive singer does, and it's what Cocker successfully does here, too. At a time when McDonald has enjoyed a career resurgence re-singing the Motown songbook, there is clearly a place for Cocker among adult listeners and on the adult contemporary charts, and that's why he's back on the majors. He does not disappoint. The American version of Heart & Soul adds a live version of U2's "One" with an orchestra as a bonus track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: New Door Records
  • UPC: 075021031142
  • Catalog Number: 000382302
  • Sales rank: 77,166

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry Goodman Violin
Jeff Beck Guitar
Bruce Eskovitz Saxophone
John Miles Keyboards
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Gene Black Guitar
Chris Botti Trumpet
Ray Brinker Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta Guitar, Drums
Shane Fontayne Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar
Michael Landau Guitar
Nick Lane Trombone
Steve Lukather Guitar
Nick Milo Piano
Trevor Murrell Drums
Ray Neapolitan Bass
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Dean Parks Guitar
Lee Sklar Bass, Bass Guitar
C.J. Vancston Bass Guitar
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Bass, Keyboards
Laurie Wisefield Guitar
Shelly Berg Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
C.C. White Background Vocals
Bill Churchville Trumpet
Bernie Barlow Background Vocals
Robert Groslot Conductor
Terry Dexter Background Vocals
Marjolein Cneut Background Vocals
Alexander Adhami Santoor
Jille Bemelmans Background Vocals
Liv CanAelst Background Vocals
Chris Tedesco Trumpet
Technical Credits
Joe Cocker Executive Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
James Taylor Composer
U2 Composer
Don Covay Composer
Andy Fraser Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Peter Buck Composer
Al Cleveland Composer
Roger Davies Executive Producer
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Composer
Greg Ladanyi Engineer
Mike Mills Composer
Ray Neapolitan Executive Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Michael Stipe Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
C.J. Vancston Audio Production
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Bill Berry Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Dave Carlock Pro-Tools
Giulio Rapetti Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Kevin Harp Pro-Tools
Miles Gregory Composer
Franck Vander Heijden Arranger
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