Sheffield Steel [Bonus Tracks]

Sheffield Steel [Bonus Tracks]

by Joe Cocker

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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After his one-album stint at Asylum Records with Luxury You Can Afford in 1978, Joe Cocker was without a record label until 1981, when he signed to Island Records. Island head Chris Blackwell took him to the Compass Point studios in the Bahamas, where he recorded a 12-inch single, "Sweet Little Woman"/"Look What You've Done" (included here among the bonus tracks), released in May 1981, then continued working on a full-length album. When that album, Sheffield Steel, appeared a year later, listeners could be forgiven for imagining, during the instrumental portions, that they were hearing not a Joe Cocker disc, but rather a Robert Palmer record. The instrumentalists were the Compass Point All-Stars, led by drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, and including keyboard player Wally Badarou and guitarist Barry Reynolds, and they maintained a steady tropical groove on most tracks that strongly recalled their work on Palmer's series of albums. Typically, however, Cocker made his own a group of high-quality songs from major songwriters. Bob Dylan's "Seven Days" was an obscure tune only previously heard in a 1979 recording by Ron Wood. Cocker succeeded with Randy Newman's "Marie" as he would again four years later with the songwriter's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by singing it without any of the irony Newman's version contained. Cocker got a jump on what would be the title track to Steve Winwood's next album, "Talking Back to the Night," and he approached Jimmy Webb's "Just Like Always" with delicacy. The result was an effective album, if, once again, a one-off effort, since Cocker, his career rejuvenated by the success of the movie theme "Up Where We Belong," quickly decamped for Capitol. This reissue adds two previously unreleased songs, one of which is an impressive rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2002
Label: Island
UPC: 0044006315225
catalogNumber: 063152
Rank: 37661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Cocker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Wally Badarou   Keyboards
Jimmy Cliff   Vocals
Adrian Belew   Guitar
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Vocals
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Benji Armbrister   Engineer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Mike Fink   Reissue Design
Lynn Goldsmith   Reissue Photography
Ira Ingber   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Alex Sadkin   Producer,Engineer
Greg Sutton   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Ryan Null   Reissue Photography
J.P Bean   Liner Notes
Benji Armbruster   Engineer

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