Cocker Selects Best For 'Collection'
Vocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs from his own canon for the forthcoming hits album "Joe Cocker: Ultimate Collection," due Jan. 13 from A&M/Hip-OVocalist Joe Cocker has pored through his archives and chosen his 20 favorite songs from his own canon for the forthcoming hits album "Joe Cocker: Ultimate Collection," due Jan. 13 from A&M/Hip-O Records.
The selections on the disc span Cocker's recording career from 1968 to 2000, including material originally recorded for A&M, MCA, Island, Capitol, Sony and Eagle Records. A specialist at interpreting songs written by others, Cocker's selections include covers of tunes by the Beatles ("She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "With a Little Help From My Friends"), Randy Newman ("Sail Away," "You Can Leave Your Hat On"), Jimmy Cliff ("Many Rivers to Cross"), Lovin' Spoonful ("Summer in the City"), Billy Preston ("You Are So Beautiful") and Leonard Cohen ("First We Take Manhattan").
Other tunes set to appear on "Ultimate Collection" are the John Hiatt-penned "Have a Little Faith in Me," the Box Tops' "The Letter" and "Up Where We Belong," Cocker's duet with Jennifer Warnes, which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1982, winning both a Grammy and an Oscar. Cocker also re-recorded a version of "Unchain My Heart" specifically for the greatest-hits set.