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, All Music Guide -- All Music
CD-1:1-Unchain My Heart 2-Feelin' Alright 3-Summer In The City 4-You Can Leave Your Hat On 5-Up Where We Belong (& Jennifer Warnes) 6-You Are So Beautiful 7-With A Little Help From My Friends 8-Cry Me A River (Live) 9-The Letter (Live) 10-Delta Lady 11-Many Rivers To Cross 12-When The Night Comes 13-Night Calls 14-Don't You Love Me Anymore 15-She Came In Through The Bathroom Window CD-2:1-Could You Be Loved 2-Civilized Man 3-First We Take Manhattan 4-The Simple Things 5-N'oubliez Jamais 6-That's All I Need To Know Diferendero (Live) 7-Have A Little Faith In Me 8-Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me 9-Now That The Magic Has Gone 10-Sweet Lil' Woman 11-(All I Know)Feels Like Forever 12-My Father's Son 13-Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word 14-Never Tear Us Apart 15-Ruby Lee (2003/EMI) 30 master tracks - special price!