Chosen by Sol
INTRO (from Wiki)
With a Little Help from My Friends is the debut album by singer Joe Cocker, released in 1969. It was certified gold in the US and peaked at number 35 on the Billboard 200. In the UK, the album charted in May 1972 at number 29 when it was re-released as a double pack with Cocker’s second LP Joe Cocker!.
The title track was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and originally performed by the Beatles on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; it has been inducted into both the Grammy Award Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cocker’s version was the theme song to the television series The Wonder Years during the 1980s and 1990s.
Mick – “I have to say I had never listened or really heard of him before so was going in blind on this. Didn’t even twig with the album title track but I knew that one, classic. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood is a great cover, still think I prefer the original but this is one of my favs on the album.
For me this week as opposed to last week’s opener, completely sets up of for a great album Feelin’ Alright is a belter of a first track. Really liked the female vocals the whole way through the album, very subtle but very effective. Bye Bye Blackbird and Do I Still Figure In Your Life? show this lovely.
Sandpaper Cadillac teases ya with the up and downs and I liked The New Age Of Lily too.
Got some Wilson Pickett/Otis Redding vibe off I Shall Be Released. Marjorine had a bit of a Beatles rattle off it and may have been my favourite I think. If I had to be pushed I’d say the least favourite was Just Like A Woman.
Delighted ya put this up Sol – you’re a star. Defo an immediate fan in me, this is right up my alley for sure. Great album.”
Spud – “Yep, Feelin’ Alright is a great song and I would have liked that tempo to continue for bit into the album. For me, Bye Bye Blackbird is too slow too soon, and I could take or leave Change In Louise.
Marjorine definitely has Beatles stamped on it – quality. But again as the album takes one step forward it takes another back immediately after with Just Like A Woman (the longest track on the album, yawn).
Do I Still Figure In Your Life? is so-so but we really get back to business with Sandpaper Cadillac – great tune!
I actually checked into Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and the original was by Nina Simone, but The Animals version is better in my opinion. Still a good addition here.
The title track is a classic, but no surprises that I wasn’t sold on I Shall Be Released. Thankfully the album is rounded out by two short and punchy tracks very nicely, and ‘the crowd called out for more’.”
Molly – “Loved this album. Has its peaks and troughs but overall it was a big thumbs up.
Great first song, a bit of a Ray Charles feel to it. I’d be familiar with his big hits but his albums wouldn’t have been on my radar. Sandpaper Cadillac, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and A Little Help From My Friends is a great run of tracks!
Very impressed Sol.”
E.P. – “Loved it. Great opener anyway. There’s even a ‘feel’ off the album, can only be from the time it’s made if that makes sense (none of this polished new age shit). Love the Beatles cover. Better than the original? Dare I say.”
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SONGS ADDED TO THE MUSIC NIGHTS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:
- Feelin’ Alright
- Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
Silent Alarm by Block Party
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