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The legendary British born, Grammy award winning singer, renowned for his unique voice and passionate delivery, Joe Cocker, returns with his 23rd studio album.

Following on from the resounding success of his platinum selling number one 2010 album ‘Hard Knocks’, Joe Cocker has returned to Matt Serletic's Californian Emblem studios to deliver an outstanding follow up album due for release this winter.

Serletic, producer (Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Collective Soul, Carlos Santana) and Cocker have produced 'Fire It Up', an album of eleven songs recorded over the 2011 winter and spring of 2012.

On working again with Joe Cocker, Serletic explains: “We took it to the next level. I’m excited to hear all the different elements that we brought to this album, we got great classic soul records, big power ballads, high energy tracks, and they all have their place in this album ”. Cocker shares that creative direction: "Making an album, to me, is a bit like making a painting, you know, you’ve got 12 songs, and it’s colour - I don’t like everything to be one mood”.

Diverse album tracks include ‘Eye On The Prize’ written by Marc Broussard from New Orleans, who also wrote the song ‘Hard Knocks’; ‘I’ll Walk In The Sunshine Again’ written by the platinum selling singer-songwriter Keith Urban. Cocker describes it as: “It’s country but it isn’t”; ‘The Letting Go’ written by the trio of Charlie Evans with renowned young British blues/soul singer Joss Stone, and Grammy award winning Graham Lyle; and the irresistible title track ‘Fire It Up’ written by Alan Frew, Johnny Reid, and Marty Dodson, with the anthemic lyric, and rapturous chorus sung with Cocker’s signature passion.

Cocker: "Fire It Up is a special kind of tune, and it set up the whole album”. Serletic: “There’s this whole energy which we captured". 'Fire It Up', the first single taken from the album, will be released 12th October prior to the album release.

Joe Cocker will be in Europe during autumn and winter for extensive promotional tours.


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Mad Dogs and Englishmen A & M Records 1970 Give me a ticket for an aer-o-plane...I ain't got time to take no fast train... The first record album (long player of LP, that is—what old people put on turntables and played) I ever bought was Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends ( A&M, 1969). I purchased this lovely for $2.69 at Osco Drug in the University Mall in ...

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The Colossal Triumph Of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Read "The Colossal Triumph Of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The phenomenon known as Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen turned 35 years old in 2005. A six-disc limited edition box set, Mad Dogs & Englishmen--The Complete Fillmore East Concerts, was released to commemorate the anniversary, and documents all four shows performed by the band at New York's Fillmore East Auditorium on March 27th and 28th, 1970. Released concurrently were the two-disc Mad Dogs & Englishmen--The Deluxe Edition and a remastered DVD of the original concert movie. ...

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Performance / Tour

Susan Tedeschi Says Sprawling Tedeschi Trucks Band Owes Much to Joe Cocker's 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'

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Source: Something Else!

There is, of course, an obvious comparison for the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band—yeah, we made it too—in the 1970s-era husband-and-wife tours led by Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Susan Tedeschi, however, says their group's main inspiration goes further back. All the way back to the traveling caravan of grease-popping soul and eye-popping excess that was Joe Cocker's late-1960s jaunts with Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, members of Derek and the Dominoes, Jim Keltner, Bobby Keys and others—mythical, then as now, for ...


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Source: All About Jazz

Joe Cocker has been recruited to headline a new summer festival in Israel.

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