Mad Dogs & Englishmen (album)
|Mad Dogs & Englishmen|
|Live album by Joe Cocker|
|Recorded||27–28 March 1970 at Fillmore East, New York City|
136:30 (2005 Deluxe Edition)
|Producer||Denny Cordell and Leon Russell|
|Joe Cocker chronology|
Mad Dogs & Englishmen is a live album by Joe Cocker, released in 1970. The album's title is drawn from the 1931 Noël Coward song of the same name. Only four songs of the sixteen on the original album were drawn from his first two studio albums. Besides the contributions of band-mate Leon Russell, it draws equally from rock (The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding). Accompanying Cocker is a choir, a two-piece horn section and several drummers.
The single, "The Letter"/"Space Captain", recorded during rehearsals was released to coincide with the tour. The album yielded the single "Cry Me a River"/"Give Peace a Chance."
According to the liner notes, Cocker needed to put together a band quickly for a U.S. tour that his management had organized. Russell recruited the musicians, many from his prior dealings with Delaney and Bonnie (Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Price, and Jim Gordon) and The Wrecking Crew (Jim Keltner). Chris Stainton was held over from Cocker's Grease Band and Cocker's producer Denny Cordell was part of the backing vocalists.
In 2006, Mad Dogs & Englishmen was released as a 6-disc box set under the title, "The Complete Fillmore East Concerts" by Hip-O Select. Both early and late shows from 27 and 28 March 1970 were released in their entirety.
Pete Nartez's review in Rolling Stone was generally negative, assessing that the album was "formed on a few days' notice to meet contractual obligations, and sounds like, well, like a group that was formed on a few days' notice to meet contractual obligations." He praised the tracks "Feelin' Alright", "Give Peace a Chance", and "Delta Lady", but criticised the majority of the arrangements and said that the album lacks stylistic variety. A more recent review of the box set in the magazine was more positive, calling the band "a pickup orchestra with saloon-soul swagger."
In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Bruce Eder praised the album for the unique sound created by the unconventionally large rock band. He noted that Joe Cocker's creative presence on the album was drowned out by that of Leon Russell, but held that this was not a bad thing.
- "Introduction" – 0:44
- "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:47
- "Introduction" – 0:17
- "Sticks and Stones" (Titus Turner, Henry Glover) – 2:37
- "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) – 4:00
- "Bird on the Wire" (Leonard Cohen) – 6:37
- "Feelin' Alright" (Dave Mason) – 5:47
- "Superstar" (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) – 5:02 (lead vocal by Rita Coolidge)
- "Introduction" – 0:16
- "Let's Go Get Stoned" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead) – 7:30
- "Blue Medley" – 12:46
- "Introduction" – 0:21
- "Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan) – 2:32 (Lead vocals Joe Cocker and Leon Russell)
- "Give Peace a Chance" (Russell, Bramlett) – 4:14
- "Introduction" – 0:41
- "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:01
- "Space Captain" (Matthew Moore) – 5:15
- "The Letter" (Wayne Carson Thompson) – 4:46
- "Delta Lady" (Russell) – 5:40
2005 Deluxe Edition
- "Honky Tonk Women" - 4:57
- "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" - 3:18
- "The Weight" (Robbie Robertson) - 5:57
- "Sticks And Stones" - 2:46
- "Bird On A Wire" - 6:31
- "Cry Me A River" - 4:05
- "Superstar" - 4:59
- "Feelin' Alright" - 5:47
- "Something" (George Harrison) - 5:33
- "Darling Be Home Soon" (John Sebastian) - 5:47
- "Let It Be" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - 3:40 (Lead vocal by Claudia Lennear)
- "Further On Up The Road" (Joe Medwick/Don Robey) - 4:00 (Lead vocal by Don Preston)
- "Let's Go Get Stoned" - 8:05
- "Space Captain" - 5:20
- "Hummingbird" (Leon Russell)- 4:08 (Lead vocal by Russell)
- "Dixie Lullaby" (Russell/Chris Stainton) - 2:58 (Lead vocal by Russell)
- "The Letter" - 4:33
- "Delta Lady" - 7:03
- "Give Peace A Chance" - 4:46
- "Blue Medley" – 12:37
- a. "I'll Drown in My Own Tears"
- b. "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
- c. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
- "With A Little Help From My Friends" (Lennon/McCartney) - 8:40
- "Girl From The North Country" - 2:45
- Warm-Up Jam Including "Under My Thumb" (Jagger/Richards) - 5:45
- "The Letter" - 4:10 (Studio single version)
- "Space Captain" - 4:29 (Studio single version)
- "The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen" (Russell) - 3:59 (Lead vocal Russell; studio version)
The 2-disc Deluxe Edition expanded and resequenced the order of the original album. Introductions from the original album were combined with their corresponding songs and the Deluxe Edition added about an hour of extra content, including songs by Leon Russell, Don Preston, and Claudia Lennear. The new edition also added other famous Joe Cocker covers such as "The Weight", "Something", and "With A Little Help From My Friends", all of which were absent from the original release. Lastly, four bonus tracks were included. These were not from the concerts. One was a rehearsal jam. Two tracks made up the single ("The Letter/"Space Captain"), recorded during rehearsals on a sound stage, that was released to coincide with the tour. "The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen" was recorded by Russell later in 1970 and released on his Leon Russell and the Shelter People album in 1971.
- Vocals: Joe Cocker, Don Preston, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Donna Washburn, Claudia Lennear, Denny Cordell, Daniel Moore, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Nicole Barclay, Bobby Jones
- Guitar: Don Preston, Leon Russell
- Bass guitar: Carl Radle
- Hammond organ: Chris Stainton
- Drums: Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell
- Percussion: Chuck Blackwell, Sandy Konikoff, Bobby Torres
- Piano: Leon Russell, Chris Stainton
- Saxophone: Bobby Keys
- Trumpet: Jim Price
- Album cover photography: Jim McCrary
- Tour photographers: Andee Cohen, Linda Wolf
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Universal Music Enterprises
- Eder, Bruce. Mad Dogs & Englishmen (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2006.
- Christgau, Robert. "Joe Cocker > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Fricke, David (24 August 2006). "Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Complete Fillmore East Concerts > Review". Rolling Stone (1007). p. 98. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
- Nartez, Pete (1 October 1970). "Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen > Review". Rolling Stone (67). Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2008.
- "American album certifications – Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs and Englishmen". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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