Mad Dogs & Englishmen (album)

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This article is about an album by Joe Cocker. For the Noel Coward song, see Mad Dogs and Englishmen (song).
Mad Dogs & 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 & Englishmen
(1970)
Joe Cocker
(1972)

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."

In 2005, Mad Dogs & 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 & 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 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.[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" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine 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) (Co-lead vocal by Bobby Jones)
    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 (Lead vocals Joe Cocker and Leon Russell)
  4. "Give Peace a Chance" (Russell, 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" (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" (Robbie Robertson) - 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" (George Harrison) - 5:33
  10. "Darling Be Home Soon" (John Sebastian) - 5:47
  11. "Let It Be" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - 3:40 (Lead vocal by Claudia Lennear)
  12. "Further On Up The Road" (Joe Medwick/Don Robey) - 4:00 (Lead vocal by Don Preston)

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Let's Go Get Stoned" - 8:05
  2. "Space Captain" - 5:20
  3. "Hummingbird" (Leon Russell)- 4:08 (Lead vocal by Russell)
  4. "Dixie Lullaby" (Russell/Chris Stainton) - 2:58 (Lead vocal by Russell)
  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" (Lennon/McCartney) - 8:40
  10. "Girl From The North Country" - 2:45
  11. Warm-Up Jam Including "Under My Thumb" (Jagger/Richards) - 5:45
  12. "The Letter" - 4:10 (Studio single version)
  13. "Space Captain" - 4:29 (Studio single version)
  14. "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.

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 & 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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