Saturday, December 27, 2014

Joe Cocker - Stingray (1976 uk, fine jazzy soft rock)



“Stingray”  is Joe Cocker's  6th studio album, released in 1976 and ranks as a favorite among his musical peers. Joe turns in some unbelievable vocal performances on such tunes as "The Jealous Kind", "A Song For You", "She is My Lady" and "The Worrier" (which features Eric Clapton on guitar).

The soulful rhythm section is anchored by Joe's then backup band ‘Stuff’ with lead guitarist Eric Gale providing flawless guitar solo's throughout. Great backup vocals are provided by Patti Austin, Deniece Williams and Bonnie Bramlet.

Without question it ranks alongside the best rock albums ever made. Cocker's singing has enourmous emotional power and range and the song selection is exquisite.
by Anthony
Tracks
1. The Jealous Kind (Bobby Charles) - 3:52
2. I Broke Down (Matthew Moore) - 3:29
3. You Came Along (Bobby Charles) - 3:50
4. Catfish (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy) - 5:23
5. Moon Dew (Matthew Moore) - 5:54
6. The Man In Me (Bob Dylan) - 2:43
7. She Is My Lady (George Clinton) - 4:37
8. Worrier (Matthew Moore) - 3:16
9. Born Thru Indifference (Joe Cocker, Richard Tee) - 6:15
10.A Song For You (Leon Russell) - 6:27

Musicians
*Joe Cocker - Lead Vocals, Guitar
*Eric Clapton - Guitar
*Cornell Dupree - Guitar
*Steve Gadd - Drums
*Eric Gale - Guitar, Arranger
*Albert Lee - Guitar
*Gordon Edwards - Bass
*Richard Tee - Keyboards, Organ, Arranger, Associate Producer
*Sam Rivers - Saxophone
*Felix "Flaco" Falcon - Conga, Percussion
*Patti Austin - Vocals
*Bonnie Bramlett - Vocals
*Lani Groves - Vocals
*Gwen Guthrie - Vocals
*Phyllis Lindsay - Vocals
*Brenda White - Vocals
*Maxine Willard - Vocals
*Deniece Williams - Vocals

1970  Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Deluxe Edition)

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3 comments:

  1. Very good album! I had it on tape a long time back. Thanks for sharing the digital version.

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  2. So very true that STINGRAY occupies a special place in the Cocker cosmology. In its quiet moments, it is a different blues from the musical wolfman's previous work. One shattering irony is the lyric in DON'T FORGET ME
    "When we're older / full of cancer ..."
    My personal favourite is the deeply reflective and unforced masterpiece, A SONG FOR YOU.
    This album is full of smoking musical moments and not to be missed.

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