Joe Cocker gets my respect!
Anthony Accordino | Massapequa Park, New York United States | 11/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joe Cocker "Respect Yourself" Live is a collection of eight tracks recorded live in a small club in Germany during his recent 2002 tour. Seven of the tracks are from his latest release "Respect Yourself" and one classic show ending tune "Unchain My Heart". The aging Cocker shows no sign of slowing down and delivers great live versions of "Never Tear Us Apart", "Midnight Without You", "Respect Yourself", "This Is Your Life" and a stunning ballad "Everytime It Rains". There is not a rock singer alive who can deliver a ballad with more emotion and conviction than Joe Cocker. If you are looking for a dvd with all the hits this is not the place to start[try his Across from Midnight dvd], but if you are a big fan, you are going to treasure this latest live offering of new material. The band that plays with Joe this time around is fantastic as usual featuring Nick Milo[keyboards], Oneida James[Bass], Deric Dyer[sax and keyboards], Jack Bruno[drums], Gene Black[guitar],Amy Keys and longtime Cocker girl Maxine Green on backround vocal. I just saw them at the Beacon theater in NYC and they gave the sellout crowd plenty to cheer about. Also a 20 minute interview with Joe is on the disc as he gives insight and thoughts about touring, his fans, his music and band members. Joe seems quite amazed that fans both young and old continue to come see and support him some 38 years after his first recording in 1964[I'll Cry Instead]. Hopefully the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame will come to their senses and induct Joe who truly deserves the title of rock legend."