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Cocker debut to be relaunched in his honour

Joe Cocker’s iconic 1969 debut album is to be relaunched in high-definition audio as a tribute to the late singer.

He died in December, aged 70, after a battle with lung cancer.

Now the Audio Fidelity company, which specialises in limited-edition SACD titles, have revealed their reissue of With A Little Help From My Friends, with a launch date to be confirmed.

They say: “Cocker performed his radical version of With A Little Help From My Friends at Woodstock, and the tune was included in the popular Woodstock documentary film. In 2001 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“Besides the classic Beatles cover tune, the album includes brilliant interpretations of material from Bob Dylan and Dave Mason, as well as three originals.”

With A Little Help From My Friends is regarded as one of the most successful debut albums of all time. Cocker was joined in the studio by guitarists Jimmy Page, Henry McCullough and Albert Lee, keyboardists Tommy Eyre and Stevie Winwood, bassist Carol Kaye and several others.

Tracklist

  1. Feeling Alright

  2. Bye Bye Blackbird

  3. Change In Louise

  4. Marjorine

  5. Just Like A Woman

  6. Do I Still Figure In Your Life?

  7. Sandpaper Cadillac

  8. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

  9. With A Little Help From My Friends

  10. I Shall Be Released

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.