Joe Cocker - Live in LA (1976)

Today I heard Joe Cocker died. He was my "first concert". In 1972, the reason why, as a tribute, I post this live LP (rather forgotten and not as good as the Mad Dog and Englishmen one, but with some magical moments anyway). It was also the occasion my mum became a fan. She was coming to get me at the end of the concert since I was only a kid. Entrance was free when the concert was near its end. And she was instantly caught by his incredible voice and energy. She's still alive and was crying tonight on the phone when she heard this life-long companion was dead. She's 81 today. Strange he died for her birthday. Tomorrow I'm going to see her and we'll listen to some Joe Cocker songs together. A bit of our life is going. Before our life will soon go too. Strange too that Bobby Keyes, who played sax with Joe Cocker during this fantastic period, died 20 days ago. Hope Leon Russell will stay with us. Meanwhile, let's pay a tribute to this great artist. And hope he will not rest in peace, but as dynamic and electric he was on stage in his youth. He'll be forever associated with one of the greatest music area across history. Catch it here. PS. There were 2 cover sleeves for this album (released 4 years after the tour, a way to capitalize on the singer). Both were ugly. I quickly did one. Not perfect. Maybe not really relevant to the visual style of the seventies, but more respectful than the awful ones that Cube (specialist in ugly cover sleeves) did.


Anonymous said...

thanks for telling us this touching story & for the music

Margherita Devalle e Marta Falcon said...

your mother and you are very cute

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AussieRock said...

Thanks so much for this early live recording. It certainly captures Cocker in his hey day - singing some of his lesser known hits as well.
Awesome post mate
Cheers from DownUnder