Not the Record Cover of the Week

April 21, 2007

Joe Cocker - Sandler and Young

This is two-thirds of the records I bought this week. As you can see, immaculately tailored black suits are a recurring motif – and about all these two records share. Neither cover has enough pizzaz to be my Record Cover of the Week, so I’m declaring a tie for second place.

I bought Joe Cocker’s Luxury You Can Afford to hear his version of Whiter Shade of Pale, a song I love that has not always fared well when covered. I’m pleased to report that Joe’s gospel-inflected version is at least 16 kinds of awesome. Billy Preston is on organ but Larry Byrom’s guitar solos steal the show.

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