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Heart & Soul [Joe Cocker] [724386640123]


  • 1. What's Goin' On
    2. Chain of Fools
    3. One
    4. Maybe I'm Amazed
    5. I Who Have Nothing
    6. Keep Forgettin'
    7. I Put a Spell on You
    8. Every Kind of People
    9. Love Don't Live Here
    10. Don't Let Me Be Lonely
    11. Jealous Guy
    12. Everybody Hurts
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8664012

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Asian import.
    Since his soulful, slowed-down version of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" put him on the pop-music map, Joe Cocker has been particularly savvy in choosing outstanding material. HEART & SOUL (2005) proves Cocker's uncanny knack for picking listener favorites--and ones that suit his distinctively rugged, raspy voice, no less--hasn't diminished over time. Contemporary rock-radio classics take the lion's share of the set here, with an exception made for Leiber & Stoller (Cocker's stirring rendition of "I [Who Have Nothing]" is particularly notable).
    The emotional depth and pathos inherent in U2's "One" and R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" are perfect vehicles for the singer's impassioned approach and sandpaper pipes, and Cocker makes every pause and melodic nuance count with his gut-wrenching delivery. John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" and Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed"--two post-Beatles classics--are dusted off and given fine readings here. His versions of "What's Going On" and "Chain of Fools" effectively go toe-to-toe with the definitive versions by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, respectively. Cocker holds up admirably, and, in the end, turns in one of his most satisfying releases in years.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (No. 966, p.60) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[S]heffield's finest still delivers the goods on HEART & SOUL....he reminds you why he's one of the few singers to actually deserve comparison to Ray Charles."
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