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Reviews » Audio Reviews » Joe Cocker: Night Calls
Joe Cocker: Night Calls
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 14, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:
1. There's a Storm Coming
2. I Can Hear The River
3. Little Bit Of Love
4. Can't Find My Way Home
5. Night Calls
6. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
7. Five Women
8. Please No More
9. Out Of The Rain
10. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away


The DVD

SOUND: Mixed by the famed David Tickle (who has worked on countless surround-sound music presentations), "Night Calls" takes the 1992 recording and presents it in DTS 5.1/20 bit audio. The surround-sound presentation of the music takes a pretty traditional approach throughout the album, moving some of the instruments into the surrounds as well as the backing vocals to highlight both and open up the sound. Occasionally, he lets Cocker's voice take over the room such as on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", where his voice is spread out across both the front speakers and offered by the surrounds. For the majority, there is nothing "flashy" or impressive, but it suits the material well. The "surround-style" used really doesn't change much from song to song, either.

Audio quality sounded fine throughout the album. Cocker's voice really dominates the proceedings, as I think it should, but there were times when it did tend to overshadow the backing musicians just a little bit much. Cocker's voice is captured, sound-wise, perfectly. His remarkably deep, soulful vocals come through with an impressively clear, warm and natural sound. The backing instruments occasionally sounded slightly bright to me, but this was definitely not a major complaint and I only felt this way a couple of brief moments. Overall, I thought this was a fresh, enjoyable way to experience this album, but it didn't stand out as a remarkable example of the DTS CD format either in sound quality or surround use.

Extras: No extras are included on DTS CDs.

Final Thoughts: "Night Calls" is a terrific album featuring some great Cocker performances as well as some very well done covers (Elton John, The Beatles, Prince). The DTS CD struck me as offering very good sound quality, but (and maybe partially because of the nature of the material) it didn't really come across as a remarkable example of the format - it simply provides a new, entertaining and mostly successful way for fans to enjoy the album.
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