Mad Dogs and Englishmen (album)
|Mad Dogs and Englishmen|
|Live album by Joe Cocker|
|Recorded||27–28 March 1970 at Fillmore East, New York City|
|Producer||Denny Cordell and Leon Russell|
|Joe Cocker chronology|
Mad Dogs and Englishmen is a live album by Joe Cocker. It was released in 1970 and featured a fusion of rock and soul. The album title is drawn from the 1931 Noël Coward song of the same name. Mostly Cocker's album is made up of covers, drawing equally from rock (The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding). Accompanying Cocker is an enormous choir, a two-piece horn section and several drummers. According to the liner notes: "All elements of the Truth" are included here. The album was originally issued as a deluxe 2-Record Set.
In 2006, Mad Dogs and 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 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen 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" (Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford, Joseph Armstead) – 7:30
- "Blue Medley" – 12:46
- "Introduction" – 0:21
- "Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan) – 2:32
- "Give Peace a Chance" (Leon Russell, Bonnie 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" (Leon Russell) – 5:40
- 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
- Guitars: Don Preston, Leon Russell
- Bass guitar: Carl Radle
- Hammond organ, keyboards, piano: Leon Russell, Chris Stainton
- Drums, percussion: Jim Gordon, Chuck Blackwell, Jim Keltner, Sandy Konikoff
- Saxophones: Bobby Keys
- Trumpets: Jim Price
- Album cover photography: Jim McCrary
- Tour photographers: Andee Cohen, Linda Wolf
- Universal Music Enterprises
- Eder, Bruce. Mad Dogs and 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.
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- The Official Website of Joe Cocker
- Photos taken by photographer Linda Wolf, one of the two official photographers of the Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour, 1970