From the first faded-in organ notes, through the rolling drums, through that piercing guitar, through to the way the bass gently throbs, awaiting the vocalist's arrival, subtly building up the tension to that wonderful moment when Cocker sings "what would you do if I sang out of toon..." - the effect is spine-tingling, even now. Then there is the glory of the female backing vocals and, of course, Cocker's shriek. I remember my friend and I acting it out in the playground - "do you need anybody.....da-da-da-daahh.... WAAAAAAGGGHHH!!....I need someone to love....", competing with each other to produce the best Cocker howl. Great memories.
The recording is also a veritable who's-who of top notch musicians - Jimmy Page on guitar, Chris Stainton (pictured below) on bass (how much quality stuff did he play on, by the way?), Madeline Bell and Patrice Holloway among others on backing vocals, Procol Harum's B.J. Wilson on drums and much-travelled Tommy Eyre on organ.