Joe Cocker – Cry Me A River (Eagle DVD)
C+ Sound: B- Extras: D Concert: B-
some think of him as a one-note singer thanks to hits like Up Were We Belong and the pop trivialization of his career by his
remarkable remake of The Beatles’ With A
Little Help From My Friends thanks to the TV hit The Wonder Years, Joe Cocker remains a survivor and at his best is
one of the greatest singer in all of Rock music. Recorded back in 1980 at Berlin’s famous
Metropol, the singer had not has a U.S. hit in five years, yet Cry Me A River shows that he was a very
formidable singer and delivers a strong hour-long concert here.
Cry Me A River
Put Out The Light
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
You Are So Beautiful
With A Little Help From My Friends
10) I Heard It Through The
11) The Letter
12) High Time We Went
most performers who dare, Cocker knows how to cover a song by not just doing a
paint-by-numbers recycle, but revising it and making it his own and here, he is
at the top of his game and vocal powers.
When you finish watching, you realize why he was such a phenomenon and a
force of nature in music. It is nice to
see this classic performance on DVD and except for being too short, you should
mark it as a must-see.
X 1 is soft as expected for an older analog taping in what looks like the PAL
video format, but it has not aged too badly.
The sound is here in DTS 5.1, lesser Dolby Digital 5.1, but is obviously
not a show recorded with multi-channel in mind.
With that said, it sounds very good for its age. There are no extras.
sample of some of his more recent work, try this link:
- Nicholas Sheffo