"Hymn For My Soul" by Joe Cocker
On May 13th, 2008, Fantasy Records will release "Hymn For My Soul", the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world’s most instantly recognizable and iconic voices with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he’s produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer’s long and illustrious career, and one played by arguably the most stellar band to be assembled in a recording studio anywhere in the world in recent times.
Among them are drummers Jim Keltner, who has been viewed as the best session drummer in the world, a man who played with John Lennon and Bob Dylan, and James Gadson, who produced classic albums for the soul star Bill Withers and drummed on hit recordings by artists ranging from Gladys Knight to Justin Timberlake.
Also present on this great album are Tom Petty’s pianist Benmont Tench, former Jethro Tull keyboard player Dave Palmer, and bassist Bob Babbit a former member of Motown Records’ studio band The Funk Brothers in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Completing the all-star line-up on backing vocals are Merry Clayton, Tata Vega, Julia Walters, her brother Oren Walters, and Jim Gilstrap.
Click below to hear samples of each track or to buy MP3 copies of them: