Joe Cocker, Joe Cocker! (1969)
Joe Cocker. Hell of a singer. And I think I first – really – appreciated that when I picked up reissued CD versions of his first two albums, this one his second record. And the band involved here – particularly good ole Leon Russell – and the songs (loads of covers) well, it all just works. I grew up with Greatest Hits-Joe and plenty of those hits are here too, sure, but there was something about discovering the first few albums. Magical stuff actually. This stuff – and that Woodstock appearance – was the context around why he was, at least once (or twice) so very good. Then I saw him a bunch of times live, different versions of a tour-the-world/play-the-hits show. Usually a good time. Sometimes great. But it’s these first two studio albums – and that beast of a live album – that really tell you what you need to know. I was happy to find this recently, in a bin at the local record fair. Good score.
Sample Track: Lawdy Miss Clawdy
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