Mad Dogs and Englishmen (album)

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Live album by Joe Cocker
Released August 1970
Recorded 27–28 March 1970 at Fillmore East, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 78:44
136:30 (2005 Deluxe Edition)
Label A&M
Producer Denny Cordell and Leon Russell
Joe Cocker chronology
Joe Cocker!
(1969)
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
(1970)
Joe Cocker
(1972)

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 2005, Mad Dogs and Englishmen was released as a 2-disc deluxe edition set through Universal Records to commemorate the album's thirty-fifth anniversary.[1]

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

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.[5] A more recent review of the box set in the magazine was more positive, calling the band "a pickup orchestra with saloon-soul swagger."[4]

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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Introduction" – 0:44
  2. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:47
  3. "Introduction" – 0:17
  4. "Sticks and Stones" (Titus Turner, Henry Glover) – 2:37
  5. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton) – 4:00
  6. "Bird on the Wire" (Leonard Cohen) – 6:37

Side two[edit]

  1. "Feelin' Alright" (Dave Mason) – 5:47
  2. "Superstar" (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) – 5:02 (lead vocal by Rita Coolidge)
  3. "Introduction" – 0:16
  4. "Let's Go Get Stoned" (Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford, Joseph Armstead) – 7:30

Disc two[edit]

Side three[edit]

  1. "Blue Medley" – 12:46
    1. a. "I'll Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover)
    2. b. "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter)
    3. c. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Otis Redding, Jerry Butler)
  2. "Introduction" – 0:21
  3. "Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan) – 2:32
  4. "Give Peace a Chance" (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) – 4:14

Side four[edit]

  1. "Introduction" – 0:41
  2. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:01
  3. "Space Captain" (Matthew Moore) – 5:15
  4. "The Letter" (Wayne Carson Thompson) – 4:46
  5. "Delta Lady" (Leon Russell) – 5:40


2005 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Honky Tonk Women" - 4:57
  2. "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" - 3:18
  3. "The Weight" - 5:57
  4. "Sticks And Stones" - 2:46
  5. "Bird On A Wire" - 6:31
  6. "Cry Me A River" - 4:05
  7. "Superstar" - 4:59
  8. "Feelin' Alright" - 5:47
  9. "Something" - 5:33
  10. "Darling Be Home Soon" - 5:47
  11. "Let It Be" - 3:40
  12. "Further On Up The Road" - 4:00

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Let's Go Get Stoned" - 8:05
  2. "Space Captain" - 5:20
  3. "Hummingbird" - 4:08
  4. "Dixie Lullaby" - 2:58
  5. "The Letter" - 4:33
  6. "Delta Lady" - 7:03
  7. "Give Peace A Chance" - 4:46
  8. "Blue Medley" – 12:37
    1. a. "I'll Drown in My Own Tears"
    2. b. "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
    3. c. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  9. "With A Little Help From My Friends" - 8:40
  10. "Girl From The North Country" - 2:45
  11. "Warm-Up Jam Including Under My Thumb" - 5:45
  12. "The Letter" - 4:10
  13. "Space Captain" - 4:29
  14. "The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen" - 3:59

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 from 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 conspicuously absent from the original release. Lastly, 4 bonus tracks were included not from the concert, in the form of warm ups for the show and studio versions of certain songs performed from the concert that were subsequently given to radio stations at the time of the original release.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
UK 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Universal Music Enterprises
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Mad Dogs and Englishmen (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2006.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Joe Cocker > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "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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