No Ordinary World

No Ordinary World

by Joe Cocker
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No Ordinary World

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2000
Label: Eagle Records
UPC: 0766921360127
catalogNumber: 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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No Ordinary World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.