Hard Knocks (album)

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Hard Knocks
Hard Knocks.jpg
Studio album by Joe Cocker
Released 1 October 2010 (Europe)
24 January 2012 (US)
Recorded 2009-10
Genre Rock, blues
Label Columbia (Europe)
Savoy Label Group (USA)
Producer Matt Serletic
Joe Cocker chronology
Hymn for My Soul
(2007)Hymn for My Soul2007
Hard Knocks
(2010)
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(2011)Icon2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Hard Knocks is the twenty-first and penultimate studio album by Joe Cocker, released on 1 October 2010 by Columbia Records in Europe. It features nine new songs produced by Matt Serletic plus Cocker's version of the Dixie Chicks number "I Hope", which was produced by Tony Brown. Apart from a regular CD release, the album was also released on vinyl.

The album reached number 1 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart and number 2 on the same magazine's European Albums chart.[2]

A Limited Live Edition (CD/DVD) version of the album was released in December 2010 in Europe with live tracks off the album recorded at Le Zenith in Paris in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hard Knocks" (Marc Broussard, Maxwell Aaron Ramsey, Shannon Sanders) – 3:24
  2. "Get On" (Matt Serletic, Danny Myrick, Stephanie Bentley) – 3:28
  3. "Unforgiven" (Mitch Allan, Kara DioGuardi, Nick Lachey, Dave Hodges) – 4:14
  4. "The Fall" (Matt Serletic, Danny Myrick, Aimée Proal) – 3:49
  5. "So It Goes" (Matt Serletic, Jeffrey Steele, Danny Myrick) – 3:21
  6. "Runaway Train" (Ollie Marland) – 3:27
  7. "Stay The Same" (Matt Serletic, Danny Myrick, Stephanie Bentley) – 4:39
  8. "Thankful" (Matt Serletic, Kara DioGuardi) – 3:59
  9. "So" (Chantal Kreviazuk, Thomas "Tawgs" Slater) – 3:56
  10. "I Hope" (Keb' Mo', Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) – 4:46
  11. "Forever Changed" – 3:51 – iTunes bonus track

Limited Live Edition additional tracks

  1. "Hard Knocks" (Marc Broussard, Maxwell Aaron Ramsey, Shannon Sanders)
  2. "Get On" (Matt Serletic, Danny Myrick, Stephanie Bentley)
  3. "Unforgiven" (Mitch Allan, Kara DioGuardi, Nick Lachey, Dave Hodges)
  4. "Thankful" (Matt Serletic, Kara DioGuardi)
  5. "You Are So Beautiful" (Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher)
  6. "With a Little Help from My Friends" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Germany Top 100 Albums[3] 1
Switzerland Albums Top 100[4] 2
Austria Alben Top 75[5] 4
Polish Charts 14
Hungary Albums Chart[6] 20
Denmark Album Top 40[7] 21
Belgium Ultratop 50 albums (Flanders)[8] 32
France Albums Chart[9] 34
Belgium Ultratop 50 albums (Wallonia)[8] 41
Netherlands Album Top 100[10] 41
US Billboard (Top Independent Albums) 48
UK Albums Chart[11] 61
Spain Top 100 Albums[12] 86

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
German Albums Chart[13] 31

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
Germany BVMI Platinum[14]
Poland ZPAV Gold[15]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (24 October 2010). "AllMusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hard Knocks – Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joe Cocker - Hard Knocks - swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks – austriancharts.at". austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "danishcharts.com – Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "ultratop.be – Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". www.ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "lescharts.com – Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "spanishcharts.com – Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "VIVA Album Top 50 – Alle Musikvideos – Chart". VIVA.tv. Archived from the original on 8 January 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Hard Knocks')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ "Polish certifications – Hard Knocks" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.