Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

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by Joe Cocker
     
 

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When he came to popular attention in the late 1960s, 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

Overview

When he came to popular attention in the late 1960s, 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0724386640222
catalogNumber:
669433

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Cocker   Primary Artist
Jerry Goodman   Violin,Soloist
Jeff Beck   Electric Guitar
Bruce Eskovitz   Saxophone
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Jeff Baxter   Electric Guitar
Gene Black   Guitar
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Ray Brinker   Drums
Eric Clapton   Electric Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Landau   Guitar
Nick Lane   Trombone
Steve Lukather   Electric Guitar
Ray Neapolitan   Bass
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Lee Sklar   Bass
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Bass,Keyboards
Shelly Berg   Conductor
C.C. White   Background Vocals
Bill Churchville   Trumpet
Bernie Barlow   Background Vocals
Terry Dexter   Background Vocals
Alexander Adhami   Santoor
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
Cleveland   Composer
Roger Davies   Executive Producer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ray Neopolitan   Executive Producer
Bill Berry   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Dave Carlock   Pro-Tools
Giulio Rapetti   Composer
Carlo Donida   Composer
Kevin Harp   Pro-Tools
Miles Gregory   Composer

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