Joe’s final studio album ‘Fire It Up’ was released in 2012 on Sony Music, and received critical acclaim and platinum sales, which Joe supported with a 35 spring arena date tour, and 30 summer festivals, selling a total of 400,000 tickets in Europe.
“I just need to communicate everything through my voice.
Now Sony Music are honouring the memory of Joe Cocker with the release of ‘The Life Of A Man’, the first comprehensive double album with all the hits and highlights of his career, released in Europe on the 20th November 2015. The album is the definitive ‘Best Of’ of all time, encapsulating Joe’s entire musical history, delivered in his signature husky blues voice. From 1968’s self-penned ‘Marjorine’ through to ‘You Are So Beautiful’ recorded live on his last triumphant tour in 2013, the album pays tribute to his impressive life’s work through 36 unforgettable recordings.
Included in this definitive compilation are the live anthems ‘The Letter’ and ‘Cry Me A River’; ballads such as ‘You Are So Beautiful’, ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’, ‘Many Rivers To Cross’; as well as tracks inspired and included in films such as ‘Up Where We Belong’, ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, ‘Come Together’; and Joe’s final chart toppers ‘Hard Knocks’ and ‘Fire It Up’.
Born in Sheffield on 20th May 1944 to Harold and Madge, into a working-class background, Joe crafted his performance in inner city pubs and clubs, even supporting The Rolling Stones in November 1963 at Sheffield City Home under the name Vance Arnold And The Avengers. But Joe finally came to the forefront of the musical landscape when he delivered a historic performance at Woodstock on Sunday 17th August 1969. That iconic moment led to The Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour in 1970, and he remained relevant through five decades, constantly delivering music and emotions to audiences around the world. Rolling Stone included Joe in their 100 Greatest Singers List: “His gritty, powerful voice remains one of the most distinctive in rock & roll”.
Joe gave his carefully curated songs his unmistakable trademark; ‘Summer In The City’ (John Sebastian, Steve Boon, Mark Sebastian for The Lovin’ Spoonful), ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ (Jimmy Cliff), ‘Have A Little Faith In Me’ (John Hiatt), ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (John Lennon & Paul McCartney for The Beatles), all of which Joe gave his own signature stamp, an incomparable interpretation, often and publically endorsed by the original writers.
Paul McCartney was quoted upon Joe’s death: “He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing. I was especially pleased when he decided to cover ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and I remember him and Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing me what they’d recorded and it was just mind blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful to him for doing that”
Joe’s final and official posthumous album ‘The Life Of A Man – The Ultimate Hits (1968 – 2013)’ is a collection of outstanding songs over two CDs; an essential album for every music collection, the final curtain call for an artist loved and missed.
01. Feelin' Alright
02. High Time We Went
04. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
05. I Can Stand A Little Rain
06. Many Rivers To Cross
07. Shelter Me
08. You Can Leave Your Hat On
09. Can't Find My Way Home
10. Darling Be Home Soon
12. My Father's Son
13. Fire It Up
14. Unchain My Heart
15. Delta Lady
16. Cry Me A River (Live At The Fillmore East)
17. The Letter (Live At The Fillmore East)
18. With A Little Help From My Friends
19. You Are So Beautiful (Live At The Lanxess Arena)
01. When The Night Comes
02. Come Together
03. First We Take Manhattan
04. Summer In The City
05. Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong
(Love Theme From The Paramount Film “An Officer And A Gentlemen”)
06. Don't You Love Me Anymore
08. Have A Little Faith In Me
09. You Are So Beautiful
10. Woman To Woman
11. The Simple Things
12. N'Oubliez Jamais
14. Night Calls
15. Hard Knocks
16. I Come In Peace