Ultimate Collection [Hip-O]

Ultimate Collection [Hip-O]

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by Joe Cocker

Hip-O's Joe Cocker Ultimate Collection contains 20 original tracks spanning the gruff-voiced singer's 30-plus years of recordings for A&M, MCA, Island, Capitol, and Sony Records. While a few favorites have been left out ("Put Out the Light," "High Time We Went," and "Jamaica Say You Will"), you…  See more details below


Hip-O's Joe Cocker Ultimate Collection contains 20 original tracks spanning the gruff-voiced singer's 30-plus years of recordings for A&M, MCA, Island, Capitol, and Sony Records. While a few favorites have been left out ("Put Out the Light," "High Time We Went," and "Jamaica Say You Will"), you can't argue with "Delta Lady," "You Are So Beautiful," "With a Little Help from My Friends," "The Letter," "Feelin' Alright," and his number one 1982 duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong."

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Cocker   Primary Artist
Clarence White   Guitar
Wally Badarou   Keyboards
Jimmy Cliff   Vocals
Adrian Belew   Guitar
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Randy Newman   Piano
Jimmy Page   Guitar
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Leon Russell   Organ,Guitar,Piano
Bobby Lyle   Keyboards
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Bonnie Bramlett   Background Vocals
Steve Power   Guitar
Nickey Barclay   Choir, Chorus
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Tenor Saxophone
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Henry McCullough   Guitar
John Miles   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pamela Polland   Choir, Chorus
Barry Reynolds   Guitar
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Sid Page   Violin
Larry Marshall   Keyboards
Jim Gordon   Drums
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Guitar
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Michael Baird   Drums
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Arthur Barrow   Synthesizer,Bass
David Beal   Drums
Chuck Blackwell   Percussion,Drums
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Jack Bruno   Drums
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Artie Butler   Piano
David Campbell   Conductor
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Dave Catlin-Birch   Bass
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Crispin Cioe   Horn
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
David Cohen   Guitar
Mel Collins   Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Benny Diggs   Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Spike Edney   Synthesizer
Tommy Eyre   Organ
Wilton Felder   Saxophone
Robert Funk   Horn
Cliff Goodwin   Guitar
Phil Grande   Guitar
Maxine Green   Background Vocals
Patrice Holloway   Background Vocals
Rosetta Hightower   Background Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion
Brenda Holloway   Background Vocals
Stix Hooper   Drums
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Carol Kaye   Bass
Peter Kent   Violin
Bobby Keys   Tenor Saxophone
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Jeff Levine   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Madaio   Horn
Daniel Moore   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Moore   Choir, Chorus
Jamie Muhoberac   Synthesizer
Eric Parker   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Joel Peskin   Horn
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Trumpet
Don Preston   Rhythm Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Carl Radle   Bass
Bruce Rowland   Drums
Vito San Filippo   Bass
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Jonn Savannah   Hammond Organ
Johnny Lee Schell   Electric Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Vocals
Alan Spenner   Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Chris Stainton   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Wurlitzer
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
T.M. Stevens   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Bobby Torres   Conga
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Uptown Horns   Horn
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Organ,Synthesizer
Donna Washburn   Choir, Chorus
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Waters Sisters   Background Vocals
Donna Weiss   Choir, Chorus
B.J. Wilson   Drums
Evan Wilson   Viola
Richie Zito   Guitar
Paul Humphries   Drums
Claudia Linnear   Choir, Chorus
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Dave McDaniel   Bass
Suzie Katayama   Accordion,Cello
Mary Carewe   Background Vocals
Bobby Lee Jones   Choir, Chorus
Bob Feit   Bass
Louis Shelton   Guitar
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Arno Hecht   Horn
Rudy Stein   Cello
Chris Elliott   Piano
Steve McEwan   Guitar
Melvin Duffy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sunny Weetman   Background Vocals
Don Shelton   Saxophone
Alan Iles   Trombone
Laudir DeOliveira   Maracas,Tumba
Dick "Slide" Hyde   Horn
Helen Hampton   Background Vocals
Bdugo   Drums
Sandy Koninoff   Percussion
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals
Don Shelton   Saxophone
Paul Litterall   Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Joe Cocker   Executive Producer
John Hiatt   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Dave Mason   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Leon Russell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Sebastian   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer
Grease Band   Arranger
Steve Power   Producer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Terry Manning   Producer,Engineer
John Miles   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Jim Price   Arranger,Producer
Chris Lord-Alge   Producer,Engineer
Benji Armbrister   Engineer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Steve Boone   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Crispin Cioe   Arranger
Denny Cordell   Producer
Roger Davies   Producer,Executive Producer
Nick DiStefano   Composer
Wilton Felder   Producer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Rob Fraboni   Engineer
Robert Funk   Arranger
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Stix Hooper   Producer
Brian Ingoldsby   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Charlie Midnight   Producer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Brian Reeves   Engineer
John Rollo   Engineer
Alex Sadkin   Producer,Engineer
Chris Stainton   Arranger
Uptown Horns   Arranger
Jim Vallance   Composer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Diane Warren   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Richie Zito   Producer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Arno Hecht   Arranger
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Mark Sebastian   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Michele Horie   Art Manager
J.P Bean   Liner Notes
Bobby Sharp   Composer
Paul Litterall   Arranger

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Ultimate Collection [Hip-O] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is some definite mood music for you and your lady. i had no idea there were so many songs sung by cocker that i've always loved. After listening to it I was like, “Oh, I know that song. And that one. And that one.” I realized I knew at least half the songs. except of course 'You are so beautiful', b/c that one is just legendary. seems like every wedding i've ever attended played that song sometime during the night. and theres 'With a little help from my friends'. i didnt even realize cocker sang that song (yknow, the Wonder Years theme). the beatles wrote it, but i still like cocker's version better. this is supposed to be the only record to collect his whole career on one cd, which pretty tough considering it covers 30 years. and the players and guest singers are so diverse - soooo many cool players on here. Page, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Preston, Randy Newman, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
True music is hard to define, but I believe that you can hear it in the voice of people that have actually felt pain, and that is why in this modern day of pop, sizzle, and shine music that seems to be coming out lately, Joe Cocker will always stand out. It’s very refreshing to hear the wonderful music that the JOE COCKER ULTIMATE COLLETCION has. His gravelly voice and heartfelt lyrics are one of a kind, and should be admired and listened to for the greatness that it is. This c.d. starts off with the beautiful, touching, and everlasting “With a little help from my friends” and continues with other great hits throughout his career like, “You can leave your hat on” and, “You are so beautiful” which has become a wedding and karaoke staple throughout the country. He has some amazing duets with the Crusaders “I’m so glad I’m standing here today”, and the simplicity and elegance he displayed with the duet with Jennifer Warnes on “Up where we belong” which helped catapult him back to prominence. Other great hits to look out for are the 90’s version of “Unchain my heart.” This cd lives up to its name because it truly is Joe Cockers Ultimate Collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to good music, there is nothing like the honesty you hear in Joe Cocker’s deep and in my opinion sexy voice. I have been listening to the Joe Cocker Ultimate Collection repeatedly since I received it as a Valentines Day gift. This cd is much better than a box of chocolate that will make you fat, or roses that will eventually die. This cd has all of Joe’s famous songs that he has sung in his 30+ career. I love the opening song “With a little help from my friends”, and you can’t go wrong with “Delta Lady” and “She came in through the bathroom room window,” my boyfriend dedicated “You are so beautiful” which always makes me feel good in those tough times. This is a wonderful cd, and if you want to purchase any Joe Cocker music, I recommend this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Joe Cocker's music, but the music is poorly served here. This CD's sound is brittle and harsh and, on some tracks, it actually hurts your ears. The record company continues to multiply its profits by reissuing the same music, over and over--while taking no care for how the music sounds. I don't know what generation of source tape they used for this CD, but it's of poor quality indeed. Oh, the sound is "clear" enough, but it's brittle and harsh, and the instruments (e.g., percussion and piano) merely RESEMBLE their natural sound--all of which renders the music far less enjoyable. I'd like to finally have a quality Joe Cocker recording. Had I known how bad the sound of this CD is, I would have saved my money. And if the rest of you refuse to buy it, maybe the record company will finally see an incentive to make the effort to issue a good-quality recording--finally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine just told me Joe Cocker released a new greatest hits, and I can’t get over how good it is. It’s titled “Ultimate Collection”, and it is really Ultimate because it covers 30 years of his career, all of his hits from 1969-1999 are on this album. If you don’t know who Joe Cocker is, let me briefly inform you; he is an awesome British rock singer that covers a majority of his songs, you will forget about the originals after listening to his soulful voice take over the songs. The collection starts off with the track, “With A Little Help From My Friends”, an original Beatles song, but this one is of course cooler, cause its with non other then Jimmy Page!! Other tracks I totally dig are “Summer in the City”, “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and a live version of “Cry me a River” (not the Justin Timberlake song, only the song title he ripped off!) There is this hunger within Cocker’s voice that makes me rejoice and really feel the emotion behind his songs. This album is a must have for fan of music. An album anyone can listen to and enjoy. With so many good songs and a ton of artists such as The Crusaders, Randy Newman, and Jennifer Warnes helping him out on some tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing Joe Cocker in 69” at the first Woodstock festival, to think it was 35 years ago, my wife bought me “Ultimate Collection” recently and I felt like a kid again. Cocker is one of those artists with a voice you don’t ever forget, the voice stays with you throughout the years and you never forget his songs. I own a great deal of Cocker albums, and this by far the most enjoyable compilation album of his. Hailing from Sheffield, Joe has made a career by covering a vast majority of his songs. One of my favorites on the “Ultimate Collection” is a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonfull’s ‘summer in the City’; this song brings back great memories of playing baseball in the summer heat of the 60’s. Another favorite of mine is the classic song ‘You can leave your hat on’, a song both my wife and I have enjoyed dancing to over the years I fully recommend this album for any Joe Cocker fan, as young fans go, definitely check this album out, get a good sense of older rock and what its all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago