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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although sometimes pigeonholed as the wildly gyrating soul singer with a voice that's one part honey and two parts gravel, Joe Cocker is actually quite a complex character -- a man with layer upon layer of artistic range. This 14-song disc affords Cocker a better opportunity to show off his range than most of his more recent releases, shedding light on his darker side on a steely version of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and his ability as a shape-shifting stylist on the Brazilian-jazz flavored "My Father's Son". There's a subtlety at play here that generally works to Cocker's benefit notably on a measured version of "Where Would I Be Now". Occasionally that...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although sometimes pigeonholed as the wildly gyrating soul singer with a voice that's one part honey and two parts gravel, Joe Cocker is actually quite a complex character -- a man with layer upon layer of artistic range. This 14-song disc affords Cocker a better opportunity to show off his range than most of his more recent releases, shedding light on his darker side on a steely version of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and his ability as a shape-shifting stylist on the Brazilian-jazz flavored "My Father's Son". There's a subtlety at play here that generally works to Cocker's benefit notably on a measured version of "Where Would I Be Now". Occasionally that restraint results in those distinctive vocals playing second fiddle to second-rate arrangements, which mar Cocker's take on Steve Winwood's "While You See a Chance." More often than not, however, Cocker navigates the rather smooth sounds on No Ordinary World with a quiet dignity that highlights -- rather than extinguishes -- the slow fire burning within.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For most intents and purposes, No Ordinary World is an ordinary latter-day Joe Cocker album, filled with slick but impassioned ballads, moderately paced rockers, and smooth adult contemporary pop songs. The thing is, this is just a cut above average, thanks to uniformly fine performances from Cocker and a strong set of songs. Yes, at 14 songs, there are inevitably a couple of slow patches, but there are not only good covers here "First We Take Manhattan," "While You See a Chance" but some good professionally crafted tunes like "Different Roads," the title track, and the Michael McDonald/Tony Joe White composition, "Where Would I Be Now." No Ordinary World may not erase memories of the fiery early Cocker albums, nor is it quite as memorable as the best of his latter-day work, but for longtime fans, it's a nice, satisfying listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • UPC: 766921360127
  • Catalog Number: 13601

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist
Lance Ellington Background Vocals
Steve Power Electric Guitar
Michael Thompson Guitar
David Clayton Synthesizer
Guy Delacroix Bass
Chistopher Deschamps Drums
Andy Duncan Percussion
Spike Edney Synthesizer
Jean-Jacques Goldman Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Natalie Jackson Background Vocals
Mortonette Jenkins Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Billy Lang Electric Guitar
Keith Murrell Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar
Adam Seymour Electric Guitar
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Sidwell Overdubs
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Patrice Tison Guitar
C.J. Vancston Synthesizer, Strings, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings
Gavyn Wright Conductor
Michael Bigwood Strings
Mary Carewe Background Vocals
Tommy Blaize Background Vocals
Steve McEwan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Power Producer
Chris Cameron String Arrangements
Andy Duncan drum programming
Jean-Jacques Goldman Producer
Richard Niles String Arrangements
Rick Nowels Composer
Andy Scott Engineer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Michael Bigwood Engineer
Andrew Roachford Composer
Matt Tait Engineer
Andy Haller Engineer
Mark Evans Programming, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am hooked on this album!!!

    I absolutely love this album - First We take Manhattan, Naked Without You, and I am My Father's Son are the type of songs you wake up at 4 a.m. with them running through your head. I find this album both compelling and soothing (how can it be both?!) I'm buying more Cocker albums.

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