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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Joe Cocker's debut album holds up extraordinarily well across four decades, the singer's performance bolstered by some very sharp playing, not only by his established sideman/collaborator Chris Stainton, but also some top-notch session musicians, among them drummer Clem Cattini, Steve Winwood on organ, and guitarists Jimmy Page and Albert Lee, all sitting in. It's Cocker's voice, a soulful rasp of an instrument backed up by Madeline Bell, Sunny Weetman and Rossetta Hightower that carries this album and makes "Change in Louise," "Feeling Alright," "Just Like a Woman," "I Shall Be Released," and even "Bye Bye Blackbird" into profound listening experiences. But the surprises in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Joe Cocker's debut album holds up extraordinarily well across four decades, the singer's performance bolstered by some very sharp playing, not only by his established sideman/collaborator Chris Stainton, but also some top-notch session musicians, among them drummer Clem Cattini, Steve Winwood on organ, and guitarists Jimmy Page and Albert Lee, all sitting in. It's Cocker's voice, a soulful rasp of an instrument backed up by Madeline Bell, Sunny Weetman and Rossetta Hightower that carries this album and makes "Change in Louise," "Feeling Alright," "Just Like a Woman," "I Shall Be Released," and even "Bye Bye Blackbird" into profound listening experiences. But the surprises in the arrangements, tempo, and approaches taken help make this an exceptional album. Tracks like "Just Like a Woman," with its soaring gospel organ above a lean textured acoustic and light electric accompaniment, and the guitar-dominated rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" -- the formal debut of the Grease Band on record -- all help make this an exceptional listening experience. The 1999 A&M reissue not only includes new notes and audiophile-quality sound, but also a pair of bonus tracks, the previously unanthologized B-sides "The New Age of Lily" and "Something Coming On," deserved better than the obscurity in which they previously dwelt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949041922
  • Catalog Number: 90419
  • Sales rank: 9,884

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Albert Lee Guitar
Jimmy Page Guitar
Steve Winwood Keyboards
Paul Humphrey Drums
Madeline Bell Vocals
Matthew Fisher Organ
Sue Glover Vocals
Sunny Leslie Vocals
Henry McCullough Guitar
Artie Butler Piano
Clem Cattini Drums
Merry Clayton Vocals
David Cohen Guitar
Tommy Eyre Keyboards
Patrice Holloway Vocals
Rosetta Hightower Vocals
Brenda Holloway Vocals
Carol Kaye Bass
Kenny Slade Drums
Chris Stainton Organ, Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Tony Visconti Guitar
B.J. Wilson Drums
Paul Humphries Drums
Sunny Wheetman Vocals
Mike Kellie Drums
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion
Technical Credits
Joe Cocker Composer
Denny Cordell Producer
Chris Stainton Composer
Frank Myles Composer
Tom Rattigan Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the great interpreters of song

    This is a very good album from one of the great interpreters of song. There are several songs here worth the effort but there is too much filler to make this CD a classic, despite that, it is well worth owning.

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