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Joe Cocker

Tulsa Assembly Hall (Tulsa, OK)

Mar 28, 1976

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  1. 1 Nothing From Nothing (Instrumental) 08:37
  2. 2 Feelin' Alright 05:15
  3. 3 (That's What I Like) In My Woman 03:20
  4. 4 A Song For You 06:00
  5. 5 The Jealous Kind 04:38
  6. 6 I Broke Down 04:28
  7. 7 It's All Over But The Shouting 03:57
  8. 8 The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress 04:10
  9. 9 Space Captain 05:29
  10. 10 Guilty / Band Intros 04:43
  11. 11 Put Out The Light 03:02
  12. 12 You Are So Beautiful 03:20
  13. 13 High Time We Went 05:44
  14. 14 With A Little Help From My Friends 10:34
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Joe Cocker - vocals
Cornell Dupree - guitar
Gordon Edwards - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Eric Gale - guitar
Richard Tee - keyboards
"Three Texan Ladies" - backing vocals

This 1976 performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma shows both the dynamism of Joe Cocker's live band as well as some of the then-new, reggae-tinged material that would appear on his Stingray LP the following month. Six years prior, his live double album, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, had popularly established his reputation both in his native England and abroad in the USA as an energetic, compelling live performer. He had recently scored a #5 hit on the Billboard pop charts with the piano ballad "You Are So Beautiful," a tune originally penned by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher that is prominently featured towards the end of this King Biscuit Flower Hour show.

Preston is also quoted in the opening instrumental, which lifts its first passages from "Nothing From Nothing." This nearly nine-minute instrumental eventually leads into "Feelin' Alright," the hit Cocker cover of a Traffic tune written by fellow pop/rock-smith Dave Mason. The majority of the show, as well as Cocker's repertoire, are covers, several of which have gone on to be greater hits than their original versions thanks to Cocker's vocal performances. More than a few of his calling-cards appear here: "You Are So Beautiful," "Feelin' Alright," and the tune Cocker is perhaps best known for: His cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends," which receives a super-extended 10-minute rendition at the very end with backing vocals from "three Texan ladies" whose names he doesn't specify in the band intros following "Guilty."

"The Jealous Kind" is one of the more overtly reggae cuts featured this night, moving along at a leisurely up-stroke rhythm, but most of the songs featured here are of the rousing and impassioned variety, as in "I Broke Down," a soulful, rollicking groove that is likewise featured on Stingray. "A Song For You," a cover of one of Leon Russell's best tunes, gets one of the best audience responses of the night with its subtle guitar work and deeply emotional lyrics. "High Time We Went" is a Cocker original and show highlight, and would make an appearance on the Live in LA disc two months later.

Cocker continues to write, record, and perform, and his most recent release his 2007's Hymn for My Soul.

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Joe Cocker - vocals
Cornell Dupree - guitar
Gordon Edwards - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Eric Gale - guitar
Richard Tee - keyboards
"Three Texan Ladies" - backing vocals

This 1976 performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma shows both the dynamism of Joe Cocker's live band as well as some of the then-new, reggae-tinged material that would appear on his Stingray LP the following month. Six years prior, his live double album, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, had popularly established his reputation both in his native England and abroad in the USA as an energetic, compelling live performer. He had recently scored a #5 hit on the Billboard pop charts with the piano ballad "You Are So Beautiful," a tune originally penned by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher that is prominently featured towards the end of this King Biscuit Flower Hour show.

Preston is also quoted in the opening instrumental, which lifts its first passages from "Nothing From Nothing." This nearly nine-minute instrumental eventually leads into "Feelin' Alright," the hit Cocker cover of a Traffic tune written by fellow pop/rock-smith Dave Mason. The majority of the show, as well as Cocker's repertoire, are covers, several of which have gone on to be greater hits than their original versions thanks to Cocker's vocal performances. More than a few of his calling-cards appear here: "You Are So Beautiful," "Feelin' Alright," and the tune Cocker is perhaps best known for: His cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends," which receives a super-extended 10-minute rendition at the very end with backing vocals from "three Texan ladies" whose names he doesn't specify in the band intros following "Guilty."

"The Jealous Kind" is one of the more overtly reggae cuts featured this night, moving along at a leisurely up-stroke rhythm, but most of the songs featured here are of the rousing and impassioned variety, as in "I Broke Down," a soulful, rollicking groove that is likewise featured on Stingray. "A Song For You," a cover of one of Leon Russell's best tunes, gets one of the best audience responses of the night with its subtle guitar work and deeply emotional lyrics. "High Time We Went" is a Cocker original and show highlight, and would make an appearance on the Live in LA disc two months later.

Cocker continues to write, record, and perform, and his most recent release his 2007's Hymn for My Soul.