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on 30 September 2004
I remember Barbara Dixon once saying she could listen to Joe singing "Three Blind Mice", and I am firmly in that camp. So what has the great man come up with this time? Well all covers - well chosen and beautifully executed. Lets face it Joe grabs hold off a song and wrings it out like a tea towel. Here you get everything from stuff previously recorded by Aretha to Rose Royce to Shirley Bassey. Jeffrey Vanston assembles a real musicians who's who on this - guitarists include Clappo, Beck, Lukather, Skunk Baxter. If I am picky produciton mebbe a little over elaborate at times, and for me the standout is James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" - with just CJ himself backing Joe - this is as spine tingling as Joe's treatment of Stevie Wonders "You and I" or Randy Newman's " Every Time It Rains" from past albums. There is an unbelievable unaccompanied intro to Screamin Jay Hawkins "Put a Spell" and the falsetto is still there - used to stunning effect on McCartneys "Maybe I'm Amazed". The man may have turned 60, but the voice is as strong as ever, and his interpretations of other people's stuff remains unbelievably imaginative. Don't hesitate, buy it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 November 2009
Don't expect any new departures from Joe here, he does what he has always done - tasteful interpretations of other people's songs and in this case does them very well. Production by Jeffrey Vanston is crisp and modern, with Joe's distinctive voice bringing character and drive to every song.

It's a great selection of songs from classic soul oldies like Aretha's "Chain of fools" and Chuck Jackson's wonderful "I keep forgetting" to more modern soulful songs like U2's "One" and REM's "Everbody hurts", with Joe taking them all in his stride. And although there isn't a classic Beatles cover this time he does nice versions of both McCartney's "Maybe I'm amazed" and Lennon's "Jealous guy". I'm not that keen on the song "I who have nothing" but Joe does a very emotional version enlivened by restrained lead guitar by Jeff Beck. Eric Clapton also plays fantastic blues guitar on Joe's version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I'll put a spell on you" and elsewhere guitarists Steve Lukather and Jeff Baxter also guest, along with violin player Jerry Goodman (remember him?). All-in-all this is a really great sounding record.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 February 2016
This was Joe’s 19th album. I was very surprised to learn that he only had two top ten albums, (excluding compilations), this one didn’t even chart in the UK. Joe will go down as one of our greatest ever Brit’ singers. Here he sings ‘others’ classics from over the years, from some of the very best songwriters.
The backing and musicianship is top class as you’d expect with the likes Beck, Clapton & Botti included.
I really like some of the songs on here, whilst others I can take or leave. Of course he makes a decent job of all of the songs as you’d expect, though overall for me, this is a goodish album but not a great one. I did enjoy listening to Joe rasping out these lovely songs - He was a quality performer of that there’s no doubt.
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on 15 May 2013
he could sing any song in my opinion and make soung great, other artists can only listern and learn from the master .I purchaced three albums by Joe at the same time and just listern to them one after the other in a sort of concept album way,sound quality is good on all three albums highly recommend.
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on 14 September 2013
As the headline says, a nice album. Now nearly 10 years old but was never about being new, just Joe's version of some classic songs. Nice.
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on 21 December 2014
A slightly disappointing offering from the usually reliable Mr Cocker.
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on 23 July 2015
I was not disappointed - lovely album, Joe Cocker at his best !
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on 16 September 2014
Cracking, one of his best, way cheaper than buying on Itunes.
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on 16 December 2014
Excellent - as described - and arrived quickly
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on 29 March 2015
Great seller 10 out of 10
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