With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends

by Joe Cocker


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With a Little Help from My Friends

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1999
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949041922
catalogNumber: 90419
Rank: 8094

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Cocker   Primary Artist,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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With a Little Help from My Friends 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.