Joe Cocker! is the second studio album by English singer Joe Cocker, released in November 1969. Following the template of his first LP, the 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.
|Studio album by|
|Genre||Blues rock, soul|
|Label||Regal Zonophone (UK)|
|Producer||Denny Cordell, Leon Russell|
|Joe Cocker chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Record Guide|||
|The Village Voice||A|
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 they 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 number 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 number 11 on the Billboard 200 in America, propelled by Cocker's well-received appearance with the Grease Band at Woodstock earlier in the year.
|1.||"Dear Landlord"||Bob Dylan||3:23|
|2.||"Bird on the Wire"||Leonard Cohen||4:30|
|3.||"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"||Lloyd Price||2:15|
|4.||"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"||John Lennon, Paul McCartney||2:37|
|5.||"Hitchcock Railway"||Don Dunn, Tony McCashen||4:41|
|6.||"That's Your Business Now"||Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton||2:56|
|8.||"Delta Lady"||Leon Russell||2:51|
|9.||"Hello, Little Friend"||Russell||3:52|
|10.||"Darling Be Home Soon"||John Sebastian||4:49|
|Outtakes released as B-sides|
|1.||"She's So Good to Me"||Cocker, Stainton||2:56|
|2.||"Let It Be"||Lennon, McCartney||5:05|
- Joe Cocker – vocals
- Chris Stainton – piano, organ
- Leon Russell - piano, organ, guitar
- Henry McCullough, Clarence White – guitar
- Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar
- Alan Spenner – bass guitar
- Bruce Rowland, Paul Humphrey (miscredited as "Paul Humphries") – drums
- Milt Holland – percussion
- Merry Clayton, Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, Patrice Holloway, Sherlie Matthews – background vocals
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- 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.
- Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 78.
- "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.