Joe Cocker!

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Joe Cocker!
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Studio album by Joe Cocker
Released November 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Blues rock, soul
Length 35:26
Label Regal Zonophone (UK)
A&M (US)
Stateside (France)
Cube (Germany)
Producer Denny Cordell, Leon Russell
Joe Cocker chronology
With a Little Help from My Friends
(1969)With a Little Help from My Friends1969
Joe Cocker!
(1969)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
(1970)Mad Dogs and Englishmen1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

Joe Cocker! is Joe Cocker's second studio album, released in November 1969. Following the template of his first LP, this album features numerous covers of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan ("Dear Landlord"), The Beatles ("She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" and "Something" - both released almost simultaneously with original versions; "Let It Be" was also recorded and released as a B-side), Leonard Cohen ("Bird on the Wire"), and future touring partner Leon Russell ("Delta Lady"). Cocker also co-wrote one song, "That's Your Business Now", Chris Stainton, who was also his writing partner in later years.

Cocker is backed by the Grease Band, who appeared on his first album and backed the singer at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. However, Cocker would part ways with the group following the release of this record, citing a reluctance to tour; when the need to meet live commitments in America, Cocker decided to organise a new band (the Mad Dogs and Englishmen) with the help of keyboardist Leon Russell, heralding a new musical direction for the singer on his subsequent studio releases.

The album charted in the UK in May 1972 at #29 when it was re-released as a double pack with Cocker's first LP With A Little Help From My Friends. On its release, the album also charted at #11 on the Billboard 200 in America, propelled by Cocker's well-received appearance with the Grease Band at Woodstock earlier in the year.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dear Landlord"Bob Dylan3:23
2."Bird on the Wire"Leonard Cohen4:30
3."Lawdy Miss Clawdy"Lloyd Price2:15
4."She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:37
5."Hitchcock Railway"Don Dunn, Tony McCashen4:41
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."That's Your Business Now"Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton2:56
7."Something"George Harrison3:32
8."Delta Lady"Leon Russell2:51
9."Hello, Little Friend"Russell3:52
10."Darling Be Home Soon"John Sebastian4:49
Total length:35:26
Outtakes released as B-sides
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."She's So Good to Me"Cocker, Stainton2:56
2."Let It Be"Lennon, McCartney5:05

Personnel[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, and Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1969
  • Produced by Denny Cordell and Leon Russell
  • Engineered by Henry Lewy, Brian Ingoldsby
  • Remixed and remastered by Glyn Johns

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
UK 29
US Billboard 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook, Stephen. Joe Cocker! at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (15 January 1970). "Consumer Guide (6)". The Village Voice. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  3. ^ Marcus, Greil (21 February 1970). "Joe Cocker Joe Cocker! > Album Review". Rolling Stone (52). San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 78.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Cocker – Joe Cocker!". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.