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Hard Knocks [CD]

Joe Cocker Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B003V99X8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hard Knocks 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get On 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Unforgiven 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Fall 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. So It Goes 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Runaway Train 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Stay The Same 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Thankful 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. So 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Hope 4:460.79  Buy MP3 

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Joe Cocker has been a major player in the music business for more than forty years. He has released 21 studio and four live albums. His unmistakable bluesy soul voice is a musical trademark in its own right. He is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning artist.
The 10 new tracks on Hard Knocks were recorded with Matt Serletic at the helm. It’s the first collaboration between him and Cocker. The recording sessions took place in Serletic’s own Emblem studios in Los Angeles involving a host of acclaimed musicians like Ray Parker Jr., Tim Pierce and Joel Shearer on guitar, Josh Freese, Matt Chamberlain and Dorian Crozier on drums, Chris Chaney on bass and Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards. The songs were mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album 9 Sep 2011
By bjb50
Format:Audio CD
i was surprised at some of the reviews knocking this album as joe is always good to listen to. have only listened to it 3 times but i think it's excellent - his best for a while - great songs performed as only he can !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe at his Best 30 Jan 2011
By gera
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD, Joe is in good voice with a good variety of memorable songs. Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Converted! 18 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was never a big Joe Cocker fan but having listened to this album, i'm converted. This album is awesome and what a great voice. This was bought for my husband for christams and it has been played in the car ever since.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I can't say I'm a particularly big fan of Joe but I'm always willing to listen to his classy versions of classic songs and his last two albums 'Hymn for My Soul' and 'Heart and Soul' were particularly good, featuring great performances of some wonderful songs. This latest TV-advertised album is produced by Matt Serletic (who has recently worked with Carlos Santana) and features nine original songs rather than Joe's usual covers. As you'd expect Joe sings everything really well but I'm afraid that I found the songs mostly unmemorable and I felt that the backing and production, although very professional, were overdone and bland. The only cover is the final track, a cover of The Dixie Chick's `I Hope' produced by Nashville's Tony Brown, but this didn't sound any different to the rest of the album, with Joe being swamped by 'chick' singers. My favourite track is probably "So it goes" a restrained ballad with much subtler production, closely followed by the more upbeat gospel-sounding "Thankful".

I applaud Joe for doing something different and getting away from the covers but unfortunately for me this hasn't really worked, especially in comparison to his recent excellent albums. And when is his "Something to say" LP going to be released on CD?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait? 7 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Yes I think it was if only for the tracks 'Thankful' and 'I Hope'. These songs have the soul of Joe Cocker running right through them- soul after all is what he does best. Backing on the other tracks was a bit over done but if you pare that away you still have that unforgettable voice of Joe Cocker coming through!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've followed Joe's career for over 40 years and have seen him live twice in his hometown of Sheffield. This album, his debut for Sony, is absolutely brilliant. His voice has never sound better [ditto Tom Jones] and all 10 tracks are excellent, especially the Nashville cut "I Hope".
My favourite release of 2010 [so far]!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocker brilliance 9 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Don't listen to the nonsense in some of the reviews, this is his best work in decades, much better that the weak cover versions in previous albums. Who wants Joe Cocker doing Karaoke anyway? Rush out and buy it and make Joe NO 1 all around the world!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Knocks not at all bad 9 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not as good as "Have a little faith" but still quite good
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Benefits from being produced in the U.S.A.giving most of the tracks a much fuller sound.
Published 1 month ago by B.Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Joe Cocker's music
This was a great purchase and will certainly enjoy Hard Knocks music for many years to come a great talend!
Published 16 months ago by cat crazy
Published 21 months ago by ROBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe 'On Form'
Recently bought this CD for 70p. What a bargain! The CD received poor reviews in a national music magazine at the time of its release, but what a mistake. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
OK, so maybe this isn't the most immediate of Joe Cocker's works - the songs are quite complex - however, Joe sings with his usual passion and the orchestration is deep and... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not new
More of the same from Mr Joe Cocker, not a bad thing as its always good to hear that fabulous gravely voice. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by John T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Come home, Joe
Would love to see Joe back here in Sheffield performing this album - plus the classic stuff of course. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by B. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Knocks.
A little dissapointed with this album, was expecting a lot more from such a great artiste, nice production, and some good songs, somehow did'nt blow my socks off, a real shame, as... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2010 by Keefy
2.0 out of 5 stars Karaoke night?
Too many of the tracks sound like someone with a sore throat at karaoke night imitating Mr Cocker.
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Bill Peter
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