Joe Cocker Unchain My Heart
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Parlophone Import
- 1.Unchain My Heart
- 2.Two Wrongs
- 3.I Stand In Wonder
- 4.The River's Rising
- 6.All Our Tomorrows
- 7.A Woman Loves a Man
- 8.Trust In Me
- 9.The One
Personnel: Joe Cocker, Phoebe Snow, Renee Geyer (vocals); Dan Hartman (guitar, keyboards, percussion, tambourine, background vocals); Phil Grande (guitar); Ric Cunningham (alto saxophone); Lawrence Feldman (tenor saxophone); Clarence Clemons (saxophone); Jeff Levine (piano, organ, keyboards); Greg Johnson (piano, organ); Robby Kilgore (keyboards); T.M. Stevens (bass); David Beal (drums); Sammy Figueroa (percussion); Tawatha Agee, Vaneese Thomas, Benny Diggs, B.J. Nelson, Jayne Ann Lang, Maxine Green, Janice Singleton (background vocals).
The Uptown Horns: Arno Hecht, Crispin Cioe, Robert Funk, "Hollywood" Paul Litteral (horns).
Recorded at The House Of Music, West Orange, New Jersey.
Personnel: Joe Cocker (vocals); Ren‚e Geyer, Phoebe Snow (vocals); Dan Hartman (guitar, tambourine, hand claps, percussion, background vocals); Phil Grande (guitar); Ric Cunningham (alto saxophone); Clarence Clemons , Lawrence Feldman (tenor saxophone); Crispin Cioe, Arno Hecht, Robert Funk, Paul Litterall, Uptown Horns (horns); Greg "Doc" Johnson (piano, organ); Jeff Levine (piano, keyboards); Greg Johnson (grand piano, organ); Robbie Kilgore (keyboards, hand claps); David Beal (drums); Glenn Ellison, Charlie Midnight (hand claps); Sammy Figueroa (percussion); Maxine Green, Jayne Ann Lang, Janice Singleton, Tawatha Agee, B.J. Nelson, Benny Diggs, Vaneese Thomas (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; John Rollo.
Recording information: House Of Music Inc., West Orange, NJ; The House Of Music, West Orange, NJ.
Photographer: Abe Frajindlich.
This wasn't exactly a comeback album, but it did boost Joe Cocker's veteran blues profile quite a bit. The title song, which gave Cocker the excuse to do his best Ray Charles imitation, was a hit (no doubt due, in part, to Clarence Clemmon's supporting saxophone work), and "A Woman Loves a Man" was featured prominently on the soundtrack to Kevin Costner's baseball flick BULL DURHAM. Much of the rest of the album is very slick and very '80s--the backing track for "Trust in Me" would have been right at home on a John Waite album--but the songs are generally tuneful and Cocker sings the pants off of all of them, in particular the attractively Stones/Faces derived "Satisfied."
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