Ultimate Collection - (Import CD)
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- British Blues
- Mono / Stereo
- The Ultimate Collection 1968-2003
Personnel includes: Joe Cocker (vocals); Jimmy Page, Brenda Holloway, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Cliff, Adrian Belew, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Clarence Clemons, Billy Preston, Bryan Adams, Randy Newman.
Producers include: Denny Cordell, Leon Russell, Jim Price, Wilton Felder, Chris Brackwell.
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
Recorded between 1974 & 2000. Includes liner notes by JP Bean.
This anthology does as fine a job of covering the peaks of Joe Cocker's career as any single disc possibly could. Things kick off with Cocker's studio version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," which helped make him a star via his Woodstock performance. Thereafter, Cocker made his name as a gritty, soulful interpreter of material from the pop/rock world. With the guidance of then-bandleader Leon Russell, the Boxtops' "The Letter," the Fab Four's "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," and others were transformed into sweaty, soul-drenched wonders.
In the 1980s, hard-living Cocker cleaned up his act both personally and musically, scoring a hit with the romantic pop ballad "Up Where We Belong," a duet with Jennifer Warnes that was the theme for the film AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN. He hadn't lost his tawdry touch, though, as proven by his popular '86 version of the randy Randy Newman tune "You Can Leave Your Hat On," also featured in another successful '80s film (9 1/2 WEEKS). ULTIMATE COLLECTION closes with a 2000 version of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan," proof that over 30 years down the road, Cocker hadn't lost his knack for picking great material.
- Country of Origin
- Universal Distribution
- Joe Cocker
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] With a Little Help From My Friends
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Feelin' Alright
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Delta Lady
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Letter, The - (live)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cry Me a River
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] You Are So Beautiful
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sweet Little Woman
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Many Rivers to Cross
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Up Where We Belong
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Shelter Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] You Can Leave Your Hat On
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Unchain My Heart - (90's version)
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] When the Night Comes
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Now That the Magic Has Gone
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Summer in the City
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Have a Little Faith in Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Sail Away
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] First We Take Manhattan
- Studio / Live
- Q (2/04, p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]racks like 'Your Are So Beautiful' and 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' are very statuesque indeed."
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