Joe Cocker – Joe Cocker!

ARTIST: Joe Cocker           220px-JoeCocker!albumcover

TITLE:  Joe Cocker!

YEAR RELEASED: 1969

CHART ACTION: #11 US, #29 UK

SINGLES:  Delta Lady (#68 US, #10 UK), Something, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (#30 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Dear Landlord, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Darling Be Home Soon

LINEUP: Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton, Alan Spenner, Bruce Rowland, Henry McCullough, Leon Russell, Milt Holland, Clarence White, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Paul Humphrey, Merry Clayton, Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, Patrice Holloway, Sherlie Matthews

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Joe Cocker and the Grease Band (with friends) release an album hot on the heels of Woodstock, and it’s filled with great interpretations again.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting off with a Dylan cover, then going to Leonard Cohen, Lloyd Price and the Beatles, Joe Cocker’s second album is as strong and fearless as his first. He’s not afraid to add his own unique voice and interpretations to songs that folks already know well.

On the second side, his cover of “Something” is transcendent, but it’s the original (from the pen of Leon Russell) “Delta Lady” that gives the album its signature. The funky tune sounds like it came from New Orleans, and gave Rita Coolidge her nickname as well.

A couple of cuts sag a little bit, so it’s not as strong as his debut, but it’s still mighty fine.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: After this album, he broke up the Grease Band, as he didn’t want to tour. Then, they threw money at him the next year to go on the road.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a couple of outtakes.

GRADE: A-: Most every song is a great one – fantastic singing and arrangements.

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