10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The pain-wracked ballads that dominate Joe Cocker’s 1974 set I Can Stand a Little Rain are a far cry from the crazed rave-ups of his Mad Dogs & Englishmen phase. His renditions of “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress,” “Guilty,” and especially “You Are So Beautiful” (a Top 5 hit) hint at his personal struggles and career mishaps at the time. Rays of fragile hope can be found in the gospel-tinged “Sing Me a Song” and the brooding title track. Cocker’s sometimes shaky but often compelling performances make this one of his most self-revealing LPs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The pain-wracked ballads that dominate Joe Cocker’s 1974 set I Can Stand a Little Rain are a far cry from the crazed rave-ups of his Mad Dogs & Englishmen phase. His renditions of “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress,” “Guilty,” and especially “You Are So Beautiful” (a Top 5 hit) hint at his personal struggles and career mishaps at the time. Rays of fragile hope can be found in the gospel-tinged “Sing Me a Song” and the brooding title track. Cocker’s sometimes shaky but often compelling performances make this one of his most self-revealing LPs.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
NCrhythm ,

Amazing Voice

This is the album that got me hooked as a life-long Joe Cocker fan--with the deep, beautiful, soulful tone of his voice and rhythms. I remember exactly where I was when I first heard "You Are So Beautiful" and the lesser-known "Performance." The record, "Performance" was playing as everyone exited the auditorium at the end of a dance recital that I attended. I immediately recognized the voice and was so struck by the amazing voice tone and soulfulness of the song, that I stopped and waited until the song was over before leaving. I could write volumes about the other songs on the album as well, i.e. Guilty, I Can Stand..., The Moon..., It's a Sin...., and all.

deb55555 ,

can stand a little rain..is by far the best joe cocker album ever .......I love this and it is hard

this is the best album ever ... it is very hard to find... ilove it

hawks0405 ,

Sweet!

I have this album on a record and listen to it all the time. It is an overlooked classic

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