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Joe Cocker|The Ultimate Collection 1968-2003

The Ultimate Collection 1968-2003

Joe Cocker

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Calling something "The Ultimate Collection" is fraught with problems -- usually of omission. Certainly over these two discs -- containing a total of 30 tracks -- there are plenty of fine moments from some of Joe Cocker's earliest material, such as "The Letter," "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Delta Lady," "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," etc. Also present are virtually all of his later hits and some that should have been: "Up Where We Belong," "You Are So Beautiful," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Leave Your Hat On," etc. But there's just too much that isn't here. Where are "Bird on a Wire" and "Hitchcock Railway," for starters? Nonetheless, given the length of Cocker's career, this is not an unusual complaint. One thing that is unique about this set -- other than the fine sound -- is the sequencing that crisscrosses over the breadth and chronology of Cocker's discography. There are also a couple of rarities, which would have been OK to leave off in order to include some of the more classic titles. But this is quibbling; Cocker fans will have a good time with this, but it's a safe bet they won't be selling off their original albums/CDs to replace them with this.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Unchain My Heart
00:05:04

Charlie Midnight, Producer - Bobby Sharp, Writer - Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, MixingEngineer - Tawatha Agee, Backing Vocals - John Rollo, Engineer - Paul Higgins, AdditionalEngineer - Arno Hecht, Horn, Saxophone - Bob Funk, Horn, Trombone, Sackbut - JEFF LEVINE, Keyboards - Dan Hartman, ExecutiveProducer - T.M. Stevens, Bass Guitar - Teddy Powell, Writer - Benny Diggs, Backing Vocals - Crispin Cioe, Horn, Saxophone - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Danny Grigsby, AssistantEngineer - Matt Hathaway, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Steve Entebbe, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Veneese Thomas, Backing Vocals - Paul Litteral, Horn, Trumpet - Phil Grande, Guitar - Clarence Clemmons, Saxophone - David Beal, Drums - Freddy James, Writer - Joel Soyffer, AdditionalEngineer - Nelson Ayers, AdditionalEngineer

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1987 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Feelin' Alright
00:04:14

Dave Mason, Writer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1969 A&M Records

3
Summer in the City (Radio Edit)
00:03:48

Tim Pierce, Guitar - Steve Boone, Writer - Chris Stainton, Electric Piano - Lenny Castro, Percussion - John Sebastian, Writer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - Rick Baptist, Trumpet - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet - Carmen Twillie, Backing Vocals - Alex Iles, Trombone - CRAIG BROCK, Engineer - Israel Baker, First Violin - Randy Wine, Engineer - Roger Davies, Producer - Ben Wallach, Engineer - Don Shelton, Saxophone - Joe Cocker, Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Mark Sebastian, Writer - Dick Marx, Strings Conductor - Jack Bruno, Drums - Bob Feit, Bass Guitar - Ken Villeneuve, Engineer - C.J. Vanston, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Synthesizer, Acoustic Piano - J. Sebastian, S. Boone, M. Sebastian, Writer - The Waters Sisters, Backing Vocals - Jeffery C.J. Vanston, String Arranger, Horns Arranger

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
You Can Leave Your Hat On
00:04:15

Richie Zito, Producer, Guitar - Randy Newman, Writer - Joel Peskin, Horn - Steve Madaio, Horn - Michael Baird, Drums - Maxine Waters, Backing Vocals - Brian Reeves, Engineer - Julia Waters, Backing Vocals - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Arthur Barrow, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer - Maxine Green, Backing Vocals - Dick "Slyde" Hyde, Horn

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Up Where We Belong
00:03:53

Stewart Levine, Producer, Produced by - Robbie Buchanan, Keyboards - Louis Shelton, Guitar - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar, Bass - Bobby Lyle, Keyboards - Will Jennings, Writer - Paulhino Da Costa, Percussion - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Writer - Jennifer Warnes, Vocals, MainArtist - J. Nitzsche, Writer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist, Yells Vocals - Ndugo, Drums

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1982 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
You Are So Beautiful
00:02:42

Jim Price, Producer - Billy Preston, Writer - Bruce Fisher, Writer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1974 A&M Records

7
With a Little Help from My Friends
00:05:02

John Lennon, Writer - Paul Mccartney, Writer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1968 A&M Records

8
Cry Me A River
00:04:00

Leon Russell, Producer - Arthur Hamilton, Writer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1970 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Straight Ahead Productions Ltd

9
The Letter
00:04:25

Wayne Carson, Writer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1970 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by A&M Records Inc

10
Delta Lady
00:02:51

Leon Russell, Composer, Producer, Writer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1969 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by A&M Records Inc

11
Many Rivers To Cross
00:03:46

Alex Sadkin, Producer - Jimmy Cliff, Writer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2008 Adaven Productions, under exclusive license to Liberation Music for Australia and New Zealand

12
When the Night Comes (Radio Edit)
00:04:44

Charlie Midnight, Producer - Chris Stainton, Organ - Diane Warren, Writer - Bob Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - BRYAN ADAMS, Guitar, Writer - Jim Vallance, Writer - Tawatha Agee, Backing Vocals - John Rollo, Producer, MixingEngineer, CoProducer - JEFF LEVINE, Piano - Dan Hartman, ExecutiveProducer - Curtis King, Backing Vocals - Michael Lang, ExecutiveProducer - T.M. Stevens, Bass Guitar - Vaneese Thomas, Backing Vocals - Lolly Grodner, AssistantEngineer - Joe Cocker, Vocals, MainArtist - Danny Grigsby, AssistantEngineer - Phil Grande, Guitar - David Beal, Drums, Percussion - Mark Pender, Horns Arranger - Vicki Nemarich, AssistantEngineer - Ellen Fitton, AssistantEngineer - Mike Weisinger, AssistantEngineer

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1989 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved.

13
Night Calls
00:03:28

Jim Keltner, Drums - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Jeff Lynne, Producer, Writer, Instruments - Richard Dodd, Audio Recording Engineer - Shelly Yakus, MixingEngineer - Rob Jacobs, MixingEngineer - Mike Campbell, Guitar - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Ray Neapolitan, ExecutiveProducer - Cydney Davis, Backing Vocals - Maxine Sharp, Backing Vocals

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1991 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Don't You Love Me Anymore
00:05:26

Guy Roche, Engineer - Neal Schon, Guitar - Randy Jackson, Bass Guitar - Joe Turano, Backing Vocals - Diane Warren, Producer, Backing Vocals, Writer - Bob Ezrin, Arranger, MixingEngineer - Leslie Smith, Backing Vocals - JEFF LORBER, Keyboards - PAUL LANI, MixingEngineer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Albert Hammond Jr, Producer, Backing Vocals, Writer

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1986 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
00:02:39

John Lennon, Writer - Paul Mccartney, Writer - Leon Russell, Producer - Denny Cordell, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1969 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by A&M Records Inc

DISC 2

1
Could You Be Loved
00:04:12

Dean Parks, Guitar - Jerry Hey, Trumpet - Chris Stainton, Piano - Tony Cousins, MasteringEngineer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - Bob Marley, Writer - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums - Mike Dy, AssistantEngineer - Michael Landau, Guitar - Gary Grant, Trumpet - Marlena Jeter, Backing Vocals - Alexandra Brown, Backing Vocals - Bill Reichenbach, Trombone - Roger Davies, Producer - Hutch Hutchinson, Bass Guitar - Daniel Higgins, Saxophone - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Dick Marx, Horns Arranger - Jeffery 'CJ' Vanston, Producer, String Arranger, Hammond Organ - A. Mixdorf, AssistantEngineer - Louise Conti, Percussion - Morty Jenkins, Backing Vocals

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Civilized Man
00:03:55

Richard Feldman, Writer - Greg Phillinganes, Synthesizer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar - Robin Lane, AssistantEngineer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer, MasteringEngineer - STEVE LUKATHER, Guitar - Cissy Houston, Vocals - GARY KATZ, Producer - Mary Davis, Backing Vocals - Wayne Yurgelun, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Daniel Lazerus, Additional Production, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Patrick Robinson, Writer - Phil Wanger, Engineer - Dierdre Tuck Corley, Backing Vocals - Jeff Pocaro, Drums - Starz Vanderlockett, Percussion - David Paitch, Hammond Organ

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2008 Adaven Productions, under exclusive license to Liberation Music for Australia and New Zealand

3
First We Take Manhattan
00:03:44

Tim Pierce, Electric Guitar - Richard Flack, Pro Tools - Chris Elliott, Piano - Neil Stubenhaus, Bass Guitar - Matt Lawrence, AssistantEngineer - Mary Carewe, Backing Vocals - Matt White, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Steve McEwan, Electric Guitar - Leonard Cohen, Writer - Andy Duncan, Percussion - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Steve Power, Producer, Electric Guitar, MixingEngineer - Katie Kissoon, Backing Vocals - Melvin Duffy, Pedal Steel Guitar - Roger Davies, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Haller, Engineer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Hasegawa, AssistantEngineer - Matt Tait, Engineer - Spike Edney, Synthesizer - David Catlin-Birch, Bass Guitar - Jonn Savannah, Hammond Organ - Helen Hampton, Backing Vocals - James Brumby, Pro Tools

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
The Simple Things
00:04:50

Tim Pierce, Guitar - Rick Neigher, Writer - Fred White, Backing Vocals - Abraham Laboriel, Bass Guitar - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - John Shanks, Writer - JOEY DIGGS, Backing Vocals - CRAIG BROCK, Engineer - Randy Wine, Engineer - PHIL ROY, Writer - Roger Davies, Producer, Manager - Ben Wallach, Engineer - Joe Cocker, Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jack Bruno, Drums - Ken Villeneuve, Engineer - Lamont Van Hook, Backing Vocals - C.J. Vanston, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Synthesizer, Acoustic Piano

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
N'Oubliez Jamais (Edit)
00:04:43

Tim Pierce, Guitar - Dean Parks, Acoustic Guitar - Chris Stainton, Hammond Organ - Jim Cregan, Writer - Tony Cousins, MasteringEngineer - Russ Kunkel, Writer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums - Mike Dy, AssistantEngineer - Michael Landau, Guitar - Marlena Jeter, Backing Vocals - Alexandra Brown, Backing Vocals - Rafael Padilla, Percussion - Roger Davies, Producer - Hutch Hutchinson, Bass Guitar - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Jeffery 'CJ' Vanston, Accordion - A. Mixdorf, AssistantEngineer - Morty Jenkins, Backing Vocals

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
That's All I Need to Know - Difendero (Live)
00:04:00

Claudio Guidetti, Guitar - Chris Stainton, Piano - Vladi Tosetto, Writer - Graham Lyle, Writer - Maurizio Maggi, Audio Recording Engineer - Paul Warren, Guitar - Emanuela Cortesi, Choir - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Cogliati, Writer - Eros Ramazzotti, Producer, Lead Vocals, Writer - Vincent Lucien Perreux, AssistantEngineer - Mike Kahsnitz, Audio Recording Engineer - Stefano De Maco, Choir - Luca Scarpa, Keyboards - Monica Magnani, Choir - Flavio Scopaz, Bass Guitar - Don Kirkpatric, Guitar - Steve Grover, Keyboards - Alfredo Gouno, Drums

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1998 The Copyright in this sound recording is owned by Capitol Music, A Division Of EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG

7
Have a Little Faith in Me
00:04:41

Tony Joe White, Guitar - Tim Pierce, Guitar - Chris Stainton, Electric Piano - Lenny Castro, Percussion - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - John Hiatt, Writer - Marlena Jeter, Backing Vocals - Mortonette Jenkins, Backing Vocals - Alexandra Brown, Backing Vocals - CRAIG BROCK, Engineer - Randy Wine, Engineer - Roger Davies, Producer - Ben Wallach, Engineer - Joe Cocker, Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Jack Bruno, Drums - Bob Feit, Bass Guitar - Ken Villeneuve, Engineer - C.J. Vanston, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Synthesizer, Acoustic Piano

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2008 Adaven Productions, under exclusive license to Liberation Music for Australia and New Zealand

8
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
00:05:30

Benmont Tench, Hammond Organ - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Bernie Taupin, Writer - Elton John, Writer - Alex Acuna, Percussion - Shelly Yakus, MixingEngineer - Rob Jacobs, MixingEngineer - Greg Goldman, AssistantEngineer - David Tickle, Audio Recording Engineer - Joe Cocker, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Phil Grande, Guitar - Davie Tickle, Producer - Ray Neapolitan, ExecutiveProducer - Steve Holley, Drums, Percussion - Rick Plank, AssistantEngineer - Girls Talk, Backing Vocals

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Now That the Magic Has Gone
00:04:39

CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - John Miles, Writer - Roger Davies, ExecutiveProducer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2008 Adaven Productions, under exclusive license to Liberation Music for Australia and New Zealand

10
Sweet Lil' Woman
00:04:03

Alex Sadkin, Producer - ANDY FRASER, Composer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Joe Cocker, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1982 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Island Records Inc

11
Feels Like Forever
00:04:41

Diane Warren, Writer - BRYAN ADAMS, Writer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Roger Davies, Producer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1992 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
My Father's Son
00:04:29

Tim Pierce, Electric Guitar - Chris White, Saxophone - Richard Flack, Pro Tools - Chris Elliott, Clavinet - Neil Stubenhaus, Bass Guitar - Steve Sidwell, Trumpet - Matt Lawrence, AssistantEngineer - Mary Carewe, Backing Vocals - Matt White, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Steve McEwan, Electric Guitar - Neil Sidwell, Trombone - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Steve Power, Producer, MixingEngineer - Katie Kissoon, Backing Vocals - Graham Lyle, Writer - Connor Reeves, Writer - Adam Seymour, Electric Guitar - Roger Davies, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Haller, Engineer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist, ExecutiveProducer - Andy Hasegawa, AssistantEngineer - Matt Tait, Engineer - Jonn Savannah, Hammond Organ - Helen Hampton, Backing Vocals - Jason Rubello, Clavinet - James Brumby, Pro Tools

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
00:04:00

Chris Stainton, Keyboards - Bernie Taupin, Writer - Elton John, Writer - T.M. Stevens, Bass Guitar - John Miles, Synthesizer - David Tickle, Producer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Phil Grande, Guitar - Deric Dyer, Saxophone - Steve Holley, Drums

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1991 ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, Inc.

14
Never Tear Us Apart
00:04:04

Nick Lane, Trombone - Paul Bushnell, Bass Guitar - Jamie Muhoberac, Piano - Mark Valentine, Engineer - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Patrick Warren, Chamberlain Strings, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Andrew Farriss, Writer - Doug Sax, MasteringEngineer - John Shanks, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Michael Hutchence, Writer - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums - Dan Chase, Pro-Tools Editor - Robert Hadley, MasteringEngineer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Marc Desisto, Audio Recording Engineer, MixingEngineer - Bret Patrick, Engineer - Brian Cook, MixingEngineer

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Ruby Lee
00:07:44

Melvin Dunlap, Writer - Alex Sadkin, Producer - Bill Withers, Writer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Joe Cocker, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

© 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1982 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Calling something "The Ultimate Collection" is fraught with problems -- usually of omission. Certainly over these two discs -- containing a total of 30 tracks -- there are plenty of fine moments from some of Joe Cocker's earliest material, such as "The Letter," "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Delta Lady," "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," etc. Also present are virtually all of his later hits and some that should have been: "Up Where We Belong," "You Are So Beautiful," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Leave Your Hat On," etc. But there's just too much that isn't here. Where are "Bird on a Wire" and "Hitchcock Railway," for starters? Nonetheless, given the length of Cocker's career, this is not an unusual complaint. One thing that is unique about this set -- other than the fine sound -- is the sequencing that crisscrosses over the breadth and chronology of Cocker's discography. There are also a couple of rarities, which would have been OK to leave off in order to include some of the more classic titles. But this is quibbling; Cocker fans will have a good time with this, but it's a safe bet they won't be selling off their original albums/CDs to replace them with this.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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