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Ultimate Collection [Hip-O]

  • 1. With a Little Help From My Friends
    2. Feelin' Alright
    3. Delta Lady
    4. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
    5. Letter, The - (live)
    6. Cry Me a River
    7. You Are So Beautiful
    8. I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today
    9. Sweet Little Woman
    10. Many Rivers to Cross
    11. Up Where We Belong
    12. Shelter Me
    13. You Can Leave Your Hat On
    14. Unchain My Heart - (90's version)
    15. When the Night Comes
    16. Now That the Magic Has Gone
    17. Summer in the City
    18. Have a Little Faith in Me
    19. Sail Away
    20. First We Take Manhattan
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0001572

  • Credits

    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.

  • Critic Reviews
    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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