Another in a long line of unflattering pictures of Joe Cocker…
Listen -Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon – MP3
This will have to be a quick one, since I’m still on the road to recovery and up to my ass in vinyl alligators. I have to travel down to Washington, DC at midweek for a couple of DJ gigs and I’ve been trying to get the records sorted and selected, as well as doing the usual full slate of family-type stuff. It’s a little daunting right now, so bear with me if I curb my prolix tendencies (at least this time out).
The tune I bring you today is one of my favorite versions (a cover) of one of my all time favorite songs, ‘Darling Be Home Soon’.
The OG is – of course – by the Lovin’ Spoonful. The cover we’re hearing today is from Joe Cocker’s second album, entitled, not surprisingly, ‘Joe Cocker’.
Though I don’t find myself going back to Cocker’s early work, it is mostly very good, often informed by his collaboration with the mighty Leon Russell.
It’s Russell’s piano that weaves around Cocker’s soulful interpretation of ‘Darlin’…’ and the backing vocals are provided by a who’s who of great female singers, including Patrice Holloway (Brenda’s sister), Sherlie Matthews, and Merry Clayton.
Sometime in the next few months I’m going to write something at length on Leon Russell, and artist who I feel is not only misunderstood but sorely underrated.
I’m not sure if I’ll be back with anything later this week, so if you’re starved for some sounds, dip into the archives.