No Ordinary World

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No Ordinary World
No Ordinary World.jpg
Studio album by Joe Cocker
Released 9 Sep 1999 (Europe)
22 August 2000 (USA)
Genre Rock
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Eagle (USA)
Producer Steve Power, Pete Smith, Peter-John Vettese, Jean-Jacques Goldman
Joe Cocker chronology
The Anthology
(1999)
No Ordinary World
(1999)
Respect Yourself
(2002)
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
CD Universe 4/5 stars[2]
Amazon.com 3.5/5 stars[3]

No Ordinary World is the seventeenth studio album by Joe Cocker, released on 9 September 1999 in Europe and on 22 August 2000 in USA. The US edition of the album features two bonus tracks and has different cover artwork. Notable songs on the album include a cover of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and "She Believes in Me" co-written by Bryan Adams, who had also provided backing vocals for the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "First We Take Manhattan" – 3:44 (Leonard Cohen)
  2. "Different Roads" – 4:58 (Stephen Allen Davis, Steve DuBerry)
  3. "My Father's Son" – 4:29 (Graham Lyle, Conner Reeves)
  4. "While You See a Chance" – 3:51 (Will Jennings, Steve Winwood)
  5. "She Believes in Me" – 4:44 (Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy)
  6. "No Ordinary World" – 3:52 (Lars Anderson, Stephen Allen Davis)
  7. "Where Would I Be Now" – 5:27 (Michael McDonald, Tony Joe White)
  8. "Ain't Gonna Cry Again" – 4:06 (Peter Cox, Peter-John Vettese)
  9. "Soul Rising" – 3:57 (Peter Cox, Graham Gouldman, Peter-John Vettese)
  10. "Naked Without You" – 4:31 (Rick Nowels, Andrew Roachford, Billy Steinberg)
  11. "Love to Lean On" – 4:17 (Steve Diamond, Wayne Kirkpatrick)
  12. "On My Way Home" – 4:13 (Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michael Jones)
  13. "Lie to Me" – 4:01 (J. McCabe, David Z)
  14. "Love Made a Promise" – 5:03 (Paul Brady, Mark Nevin)

Tracks 13–14 available only on US edition of the album. In Europe both songs were only released as B'sides to different singles.

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Cocker – lead vocals
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman – acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Billy Lang – guitar
  • Steve McEwan – guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Tim Pierce – guitar
  • Steve Power – guitar
  • Adam Seymour – guitar
  • Michael Thompson – guitar
  • Patrice Tison – guitar
  • Guy Delacroix – bass
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass
  • Neil Harland – Bass
  • C. J. Vanston – keyboards, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, strings, synthesizer strings
  • David Clayton – synthesizer
  • Spike Edney – synthesizer
  • J. Neil Sidwell – trombone, baritone sax, tenor sax
  • Chistopher Deschamps – drums
  • Jeremy Stacey – drums
  • Andy Duncan – percussion, drum programming
  • Steve Sidwell – overdubs
  • Bryan Adams – backing vocals
  • Tommy Blaize – backing vocals
  • Mary Carewe – backing vocals
  • Lance Ellington – backing vocals
  • Natalie Jackson – backing vocals
  • Mortonette Jenkins – backing vocals
  • Marlena Jeter – backing vocals
  • Katie Kissoon – backing vocals
  • Keith Murrell – backing vocals
  • Gavyn Wright – conductor
  • Michael Bigwood – strings, engineer
  • Chris Cameron – string arrangements
  • Richard Niles – string arrangements
  • Mark Evans – programming

Production notes[edit]

  • Tracks 1–3, 6–7, 10, 13–14 recorded at Metropolis Studio, London and produced by Steve Power
  • Tracks 4, 8–9 recorded at Area21/Brittania Row/Olympic Studio 1, London and produced by Peter John Vettese
  • Tracks 5, 11 recorded at Record Plant, Los Angeles and produced by Pete Smith
  • Track 12 recorded at Twin Studio, Paris and produced by Jean-Jacques Goldman

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[4] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[5] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[6] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[7] Gold 25,000^

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

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