Dirty Linen (p.74) - "[With] John Fogerty's 'Long As I Can See the Light.' Cocker transforms the song in his own image, and the result is possibly the highlight of the album. He brings it home, too, on George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness'..."
Audio Mixer: Ethan Johns.
Recording information: Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles.
Photographers: Andrew MacPherson; Jennifer Johns.
Even in his sixties, Joe Cocker is fully capable of releasing a soulful roar as powerful as that of his glory days. HYMN FOR MY SOUL finds the British belter adding a hint of gospel and a decided spiritual feeling to his trick bag without actually covering any gospel material. Ever the gifted interpreter, Cocker takes on everything from Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells" to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long As I Can See the Light" and even the Beatles' "Come Together," his emotive rasp transforming them all into something uniquely his own. The title track, an Andy Fairweather-Low tune, combines greasy R&B with a gospel tint in a way that sums up the album's mixture of earthy emotion and upward aspirations.