Joe Cocker - Sheffield Steel

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Sheffield Steel is the eighth studio album by English singer Joe Cocker, originally released in May 1982 via Island Records.

After signing with Island Records, Cocker was was taken under the wing of label kingpin Chris Blackwell, and was taken to the Bahamas for the recording of what would become Sheffield Steel. He was supported by Blackwell's superlative house band, the Compass Point All-Stars (which includes the can't-miss rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare); throughout, they find a solid groove and ride it with tasteful understatement.

Cocker, clearly at ease in these balmier surroundings, lets his voice roll along as naturally as a sailboat in a Jamaican breeze. This is not the jolting, brassy R&B of his past; rather, this is rocking-chair rockin' - Cocker and band let these songs get there when they get there.

Sheffield Steel has plenty of fine moments: Cocker does Bob Dylan proud on the salty funk of "Seven Days" and covers a new Steve Winwood-Will Jennings composition, "Talking Back To The Night", whose muted urgency is the closest this set comes to out-and-out rock. In Cocker's hands, the reggae classic "Many Rivers To Cross" becomes movingly autobiographical. Two of the kind of romantic big ballads that Cocker takes to so well, Randy Newman’s "Marie" and Jimmy Webb’s "Just Like Always" contribute the side-closers.

It's great to hear the most eloquently ravaged voice in rock & roll have his sly, swaggering say. Sheffield Steel is filled with teasing, skittering melodies, chugging Jamaican soul-funk rhythms and confident singing, proving that you can cook over a low fire and still have your groove turn out well done. (Edit Rolling Stone Sept 1982)

Check out the tracks: Sweet Little Woman, Look What You’ve DoneSeven Days, Ruby Lee and Talking Back To The Night.

This is a Music On Vinyl Reissue (May 2012) on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Reproduced Artwork, pressed in Europe.

 

(0600753383308)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Look What You’ve Done

4:12

A2

Shocked

3:17

A3

Sweet Little Woman

4:02

A4

Seven Days

5:22

A5

Marie

2:35

B1

Ruby Lee

4:25

B2

Many Rivers To Cross

3:43

B3

So Good, So Right

2:34

B4

Talking Back To The Night

4:50

B5

Just Like Always

3:27

SKU 0600753383308
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP540
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 16 May 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 22 May 1982
Barcode # 0600753383308
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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