Rowdy but sincere, with some killer tunes
James S. Morris | Durham, NH | 11/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joe's second album, Joe Cocker!, is a pretty solid work, and just barely escapes a 5 star rating (it gets like a 4.5 or so). Cocker's singing is the main attraction of course, along with his raucous gospel/R&B sensibilities. These are used to great effect all throughout, on both his original material and the covers. To begin with, Cocker has always been the master of cover songs, and there are some gems on this album. The best is George Harrison's Something, and he wisely capitalizes on the great chorus to make this a truly great track. His rendition of John Sebastian's Darling Be Home Soon is also quite nice (great organ solo). The biggest highlights of all for me are Hitchcock Railway and Delta Lady. Hitchcock Railway is a seriously awesome and very underrated tune, and I would probably donate my organs if it meant I could own the piano they recorded it on. Leon Russell's Delta Lady is a little more well known, and is probably the best song on the album. It combines several musical styles (R&B, gospel, classical, and some rock) to create one of the most satisfying songs he's ever recorded. I just wish it was a bit longer, since the repeating chorus at the end is so cool. There are some songs that aren't as good as the ones I've mentioned, but the good songs are more than good enough to make this worth the price. There's even a SUPER mellow version of The Beatles' Let It Be that was previously unreleased. Anyway, this album's a good time, and is certainly essential for Cocker fans."
Joe Cocker Rocks
Pat Lamorgese | New Jersey | 09/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hot studio team and great song selection make this a good disk. Joe screams his head off like a white Ray Charles on acid. Take a stroll down memory lane and play this loud."