Complete List Of Joe Cocker Studio Albums And Songs

Joe Cocker Studio Albums

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This Complete List Of Joe Cocker Studio Albums And Songs presents the full discography of  Joe Cocker studio albums. Joe Cocker was born on May 20, 1944.  He passed away in December of 2014. Joe Cocker hailed from the area of Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. All these magnificent Joe Cocker albums have been presented below in chronological order. We have also included all original release dates with each Joe Cocker album as well as all original  Joe Cocker album covers. Every Joe Cocker album listed below showcases the entire Joe Cocker album tracklisting.

JOE COCKER STUDIO ALBUMS

With a Little Help from My Friends

Released 1969

This is Joe Cocker’s debut studio album and it made a significant impact on the music scene. The album is most notable for its cover of The Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which was a chart-topping hit. It showcased Cocker’s gritty voice and emotional delivery.

The album featured Joe Cocker on lead vocals, Jimmy Page and Albert Lee on guitars, Tommy Eyre on keyboards, and producers Denny Cordell and Tony Visconti. The album was released on Regal Zonophone Records in the UK and A&M Records in the US. It was recorded at Olympic Studios, London, and Trident Studios, London between March and May 1969.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Feeling Alright” – 4:10
  2. “Bye Bye Blackbird” – 3:27
  3. “Change in Louise” – 3:22
  4. “Marjorine” – 2:38
  5. “Just Like a Woman” – 5:17
  6. “Do I Still Figure in Your Life?” – 3:59
  7. “Sandpaper Cadillac” – 3:16
  8. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – 4:41
  9. “With a Little Help from My Friends” – 5:12
  10. “I Shall Be Released” – 4:35

Joe Cocker!

Released 1969

Joe Cocker’s second album continued to define his style of blues-inflected rock with a soulful edge. The album featured covers and original songs that displayed his unique vocal style. It was highly acclaimed by critics and enjoyed commercial success.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Chris Stainton on keyboards, Henry McCullough on guitar, and was produced by Denny Cordell. It was released on A&M Records. The album was recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California in the summer of 1969.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Dear Landlord” – 3:23
  2. “Bird on the Wire” – 4:30
  3. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” – 2:15
  4. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” – 2:37
  5. “Hitchcock Railway” – 4:41
  6. “That’s Your Business Now” – 2:56
  7. “Something” – 3:32
  8. “Delta Lady” – 2:51
  9. “Hello, Little Friend” – 3:52
  10. “Darling Be Home Soon” – 4:42

Joe Cocker

Released 1972/EU: 1973

This album, often referred to as the “Sheffield Steel” album, included a mix of rock, soul, and blues. It did well commercially and was certified Gold in the United States.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Chris Stainton on keyboards, Neil Hubbard on guitar, and was produced by Denny Cordell and Nigel Thomas. It was released on A&M Records. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios, London in late 1972.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Woman to Woman” – 4:29
  2. “Midnight Rider” – 3:58
  3. “St. James Infirmary Blues” – 5:15
  4. “Sweet Little Woman” – 4:02
  5. “What Are You Doing With A Fool Like Me” – 4:51
  6. “Do Right Woman” – 4:01
  7. “High Time We Went” – 4:28
  8. “She Don’t Mind” – 3:02
  9. “Pardon Me Sir” – 3:12

I Can Stand a Little Rain

Released 1974

This album was another milestone for Joe Cocker, featuring the hit single “You Are So Beautiful.” The album was both a commercial and critical success, reinforcing Cocker’s place in the industry.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, Henry McCullough on guitar, and was produced by Jim Price. It was released on A&M Records. The album was recorded at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California, in early 1974.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Put Out the Light” – 4:12
  2. “I Can Stand a Little Rain” – 3:33
  3. “I Get Mad” – 3:38
  4. “Sing Me a Song” – 2:23
  5. “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” – 3:30
  6. “Don’t Forget Me” – 3:20
  7. “You Are So Beautiful” – 2:42
  8. “It’s a Sin When You Love Somebody” – 3:46

Jamaica Say You Will

Released 1975

“Jamaica Say You Will” was a departure from Cocker’s previous albums, exploring more ballads and softer textures. While it didn’t enjoy the same commercial success as earlier albums, it received favorable reviews for its musical craftsmanship.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Henry McCullough and Cornell Dupree on guitar, Richard Tee on keyboards, and was produced by Jim Price. It was released on A&M Records. The album was recorded at Clover Recorders, Hollywood, California, in mid-1975.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “(That’s What I Like) In My Woman” – 3:25
  2. “Where Am I Now” – 4:14
  3. “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” – 3:59
  4. “Forgive Me Now” – 3:24
  5. “Oh Mama” – 4:10
  6. “Lucinda” – 3:15
  7. “If I Love You” – 3:55
  8. “Jamaica Say You Will” – 4:15

Stingray

Released 1976

This album continued to diversify Cocker’s style, but it didn’t fare as well in terms of commercial success compared to previous works. Nevertheless, it is notable for its raw emotional intensity.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Eric Clapton and Cornell Dupree on guitar, Richard Tee on keyboards, and was produced by Rob Fraboni. It was released on A&M Records. The album was recorded at Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, in late 1975.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Jealous Kind” – 3:50
  2. “I Broke Down” – 3:28
  3. “You Came Along” – 4:35
  4. “Catfish” – 5:20
  5. “Moon Dew” – 5:50
  6. “The Man in Me” – 4:15
  7. “She Is My Lady” – 4:35
  8. “Worrier” – 3:15

Luxury You Can Afford

Released 1978

This album is marked by Cocker’s venture into a more polished sound, aiming for a wider mainstream appeal. It had a blend of rock, blues, and soul, featuring a variety of guest musicians.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Allen Toussaint and Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and was produced by Allen Toussaint. It was released on Asylum Records. The album was recorded at Sea-Saint Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, in early 1978.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Fun Time” – 2:40
  2. “Watching the River Flow” – 3:15
  3. “Boogie Baby” – 3:50
  4. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” – 5:27
  5. “I Can’t Say No” – 2:50
  6. “Southern Lady” – 3:14
  7. “I Know (You Don’t Want Me No More)” – 3:00
  8. “What You Did to Me Last Night” – 3:20

Sheffield Steel

Released 1982

Named after Cocker’s hometown, “Sheffield Steel” saw him returning to his roots. The album was critically acclaimed for its mature, soulful sound.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Robbie Shakespeare and Robert Palmer on guitar, Wally Badarou on keyboards, and was produced by Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin. It was released on Island Records. The album was recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, in late 1981.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Look What You’ve Done” – 4:14
  2. “Shocked” – 3:15
  3. “Sweet Little Woman” – 4:02
  4. “Seven Days” – 5:40
  5. “Ruby Lee” – 7:44
  6. “Many Rivers to Cross” – 3:46
  7. “So Good, So Right” – 2:34
  8. “Talking Back to the Night” – 4:50

Civilized Man

Released 1984

“Civilized Man” was Joe Cocker’s first album for Capitol Records and was aimed at both the pop and adult contemporary markets. It contained covers as well as original compositions, and it was a commercial success.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Jeff Lorber and Michael Landau on guitar, Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, and was produced by Stewart Levine. It was released on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at Bill Schnee Studios, Los Angeles, California, in early 1984.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Civilized Man” – 3:55
  2. “There Goes My Baby” – 3:45
  3. “Come On In” – 3:46
  4. “Tempted” – 4:15
  5. “Long Drag off a Cigarette” – 2:35
  6. “I Love the Night” – 3:47
  7. “Crazy in Love” – 3:50
  8. “A Girl Like You” – 3:08

Cocker

Released 1986

Joe Cocker’s 1986 self-titled album showcased a blend of pop and rock influences with his signature soulful voice. The album received a warm reception from critics and performed well on the charts, solidifying his place in mainstream music of the 1980s.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Phil Grande and Cliff Goodwin on guitar, Jeff Levine on keyboards, and was produced by Richie Zito, Terry Manning, Ron Nevison, Albert Hammond, and Diane Warren. It was released on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at several studios including Goodnight LA Studios and Record Plant in 1986.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Shelter Me” – 5:36
  2. “A to Z” – 4:21
  3. “Don’t You Love Me Anymore” – 5:25
  4. “Living Without Your Love” – 4:09
  5. “Don’t Drink the Water” – 3:25
  6. “You Can Leave Your Hat On” – 4:14
  7. “Heart of the Matter” – 4:20
  8. “Inner City Blues” – 5:51

Unchain My Heart

Released 1987

This album continued Cocker’s trend of mixing contemporary styles with his established soulful approach. The album is most notable for the title track, “Unchain My Heart,” which became a big hit. I remember being blown away by the sound of those drums when I first purchased this CD when it came out. It’s such a great album opening cut.  The album achieved moderate commercial success and was well-received by critics.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Phil Grande and Jeff Pevar on guitar, Jeff Levine on keyboards, and was produced by Charlie Midnight and “Instant Replay” Dan Hartman. It was released on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at various studios including The Power Station, New York, in 1987.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Unchain My Heart” – 5:04
  2. “Two Wrongs” – 4:03
  3. “I Stand in Wonder” – 4:22
  4. “The River’s Rising” – 4:10
  5. “Isolation” – 3:51
  6. “All Our Tomorrows” – 4:24
  7. “A Woman Loves a Man” – 4:16
  8. “Trust in Me” – 4:14

One Night of Sin

Released 1989

One Night of Sin saw Joe Cocker take on a bluesy approach, giving his soulful voice the ideal landscape. The album was notable for its rendition of the song “When The Night Comes,” which gained airplay.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, and various session musicians, and was produced by Stewart Levine. It was released on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at various studios in 1989.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “When The Night Comes” – 5:20
  2. “I Will Live For You” – 4:12
  3. “Got To Use My Imagination” – 4:24
  4. “Letting Go” – 4:11
  5. “Just To Keep From Drowning” – 4:59
  6. “Unforgiven” – 3:28
  7. “Another Mind Gone” – 4:45
  8. “Fever” – 3:38
  9. “You Know It’s Gonna Hurt” – 3:43
  10. “Bad Bad Sign” – 4:09
  11. “I’m Your Man” – 3:50
  12. “One Night Of Sin” – 3:14

Night Calls

Released 1991

Night Calls features Joe Cocker’s interpretation of a range of songs from artists such as The Beatles, Elton John, and more. We love his version of Elton John’s 1974 classic “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” backed by various musicians and was produced by Jeff Lynne. Boy was Jeff a busy man. Released on Capitol Records, the album was recorded in various studios in 1991.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Love Is Alive” – 3:57
  2. “Little Bit of Love” – 2:45
  3. “Please No More” – 5:28
  4. “There’s a Storm Coming” – 4:10
  5. “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” – 5:00
  6. “I Can Hear The River” – 3:42
  7. “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – 5:31
  8. “Night Calls” – 3:26
  9. “Five Women” – 5:36
  10. “Can’t Find My Way Home” – 3:30
  11. “Not Too Young To Die Of A Broken Heart” – 4:54
  12. “Out Of The Rain” – 4:38

Have a Little Faith

Released 1994

Have a Little Faith showcased Joe Cocker’s ability to transcend genres. The album features a multitude of guest musicians and was produced by Chris Lord-Alge and Roger Davies. The title track was a stirring version of John Hiatt’s iconic song. Released on 550 Music, the album was recorded in 1994.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Let The Healing Begin” – 5:12
  2. “Have A Little Faith In Me” – 4:40
  3. “The Simple Things” – 4:46
  4. “Summer In The City” – 3:52
  5. “The Great Divide” – 3:33
  6. “Highway Highway” – 4:31
  7. “Too Cool” – 4:45
  8. “Soul Time” – 4:34
  9. “Out Of The Blue” – 3:45
  10. “Angeline” – 4:30
  11. “Hell And Highwater” – 4:12
  12. “Standing Knee Deep In A River” – 4:09

Organic

Released 1996

Organic is a unique mix of newly recorded songs and re-imagined versions of some of Joe Cocker’s hits. It was produced by Michael Lang and features a variety of musicians. The album was released on 550 Music and was recorded in 1996.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Into the Mystic” – 3:31
  2. “Bye Bye Blackbird” – 3:30
  3. “Delta Lady” – 3:14
  4. “Heart Full of Rain” – 4:48
  5. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – 3:52
  6. “Many Rivers to Cross” – 4:23
  7. “High Lonesome Blue” – 4:10
  8. “Sail Away” – 3:00
  9. “You and I” – 4:36
  10. “Darling Be Home Soon” – 4:41
  11. “Dignity” – 3:14
  12. “You Can Leave Your Hat On” – 3:46

Across from Midnight

Released 1997

Across from Midnight is filled with Joe Cocker’s emotive performances and features contributions from multiple songwriters. It was produced by Chris Lord-Alge and Jeff Lynne and was released by CMC International. The album was recorded in 1997.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Tonight” – 4:49
  2. “Could You Be Loved” – 4:16
  3. “That’s All I Need to Know” – 4:00
  4. “N’Oubliez Jamais” – 4:41
  5. “What Do I Tell My Heart?” – 4:01
  6. “Wayward Soul” – 4:15
  7. “Loving You Tonight” – 4:38
  8. “Across from Midnight” – 3:22
  9. “What Do You Say?” – 4:41
  10. “The Last One to Know” – 3:55

No Ordinary World

Released 1999

No Ordinary World was released at the turn of the millennium. The grunge era had pretty much come to and end and soul was back! The album was produced by Chris Lord-Alge and CJ Vanston. It was released by CMC International and recorded in 1999.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “First We Take Manhattan” – 3:45
  2. “Different Roads” – 4:59
  3. “My Father’s Son” – 4:29
  4. “While You See A Chance” – 3:50
  5. “She Believes In Me” – 4:43
  6. “No Ordinary World” – 3:52
  7. “Where Would I Be Now” – 5:26
  8. “Ain’t Gonna Cry Again” – 4:07
  9. “Soul Rising” – 3:57
  10. “Naked Without You” – 4:43

Respect Yourself 

Released 2002

The “Respect Yourself” album saw Joe Cocker delve into an array of genres, marking a return to his roots with a modern twist. The album was produced by Craig Street and was released under the EMI label. It charted at number 63 on the German Albums Chart.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, John Leventhal on guitar, Larry Campbell on mandolin, Catherine Russell on backing vocals, Mike Davis on trombone, and Larry Farrell on trombone. The album was produced by Craig Street. It was released under the EMI label. The album was recorded at various locations in 2002.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “You Can’t Have My Heart” – 4:01
  2. “Love Not War” – 4:00
  3. “Never Tear Us Apart” – 4:03
  4. “Midnight Without You” – 5:08
  5. “Woman to Woman” – 4:29
  6. “Naked Without You” – 4:30
  7. “Could You Be Loved” – 4:12
  8. “Respect Yourself” – 5:14
  9. “Neverending Story” – 3:21
  10. “One” – 4:34

Heart & Soul 

Released 2004

Joe Cocker’s “Heart & Soul” is a cover album featuring classic rock and soul songs from artists like U2 and The Beatles. It was released in 2004 worldwide and in 2005 in the US. The album was produced by C.J. Vanston.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Dean Parks on guitar, C.J. Vanston on keyboards, Luis Conte on percussion, and Abraham Laboriel on bass. The album was produced by C.J. Vanston. It was released under the EMI label. The album was recorded at various locations in 2004.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “What’s Going On” – 5:15
  2. “Chain of Fools” – 3:46
  3. “One” – 4:36
  4. “I Who Have Nothing” – 4:03
  5. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – 3:24
  6. “I Keep Forgetting” – 3:35
  7. “I Put a Spell on You” – 4:32
  8. “Every Kind of People” – 4:22
  9. “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” – 4:15
  10. “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” – 3:41

Hymn for My Soul 

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Released 2007

“Hymn for My Soul” found Joe Cocker interpreting a diverse set of tunes with his unmistakable gravelly voice. This album featured a mix of spiritual and secular songs. It was produced by Ethan Johns and released under the Parlophone label.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Ethan Johns on guitars, Jeremy Stacey on drums, Dave Palmer on keyboards, and Chris Stainton on piano. It was recorded at various locations throughout 2007.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” – 3:50
  2. “One Word (Peace)” – 2:50
  3. “Love Is for Me” – 4:05
  4. “Don’t Give Up on Me” – 4:05
  5. “Long as I Can See the Light” – 3:35
  6. “Beware of Darkness” – 3:50
  7. “Just Pass It On” – 4:40
  8. “Rivers Invitation” – 3:30
  9. “Ring Them Bells” – 3:05
  10. “Hymn 4 My Soul” – 3:55

Hard Knocks 

Released 2010

The “Hard Knocks” album is a mix of original songs and covers that showcase Joe Cocker’s powerful voice. The album was produced by Matt Serletic and was released under the Columbia label.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Matt Serletic on keyboards, Tim Pierce on guitars, Dorian Crozier on drums, and Chris Chaney on bass. The album was recorded at Emblem Studios, Calabasas, California in 2010.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Hard Knocks” – 3:25
  2. “Get On By” – 3:31
  3. “Unforgiven” – 4:15
  4. “The Fall” – 3:47
  5. “So It Goes” – 3:22
  6. “Runaway Train” – 3:29
  7. “Stay the Same” – 4:41
  8. “Thankful” – 3:40
  9. “So” – 3:53
  10. “I Hope” – 4:42

Fire It Up 

Released 2012

“Fire It Up” is Joe Cocker’s 22nd studio album, featuring a mix of original songs and covers. The album was produced by Matt Serletic. It was released under the Columbia label and was recorded at Emblem Studios, Calabasas, California in 2012.

The album featured Joe Cocker on vocals, Ray Parker Jr. on guitars, Matt Serletic on keyboards, Joel Shearer on additional guitars, Dorian Crozier on drums, and Chris Chaney on bass. This is a great album. Sadly, it stands as the last Joe Cocker studio album as he passed away two years after the release of this album.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Fire It Up” – 3:53
  2. “I’ll Be Your Doctor” – 3:33
  3. “You Love Me Back” – 3:55
  4. “I Come in Peace” – 4:41
  5. “You Don’t Need a Million Dollars” – 3:55
  6. “Eye on the Prize” – 4:09
  7. “I Will Walk with You” – 4:38
  8. “Weight of the World” – 3:59
  9. “The Letting Go” – 3:22
  10. “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone Tonight” – 4:47

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