Mad Dogs & Englishmen (album)
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 and Leon Russell's "Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen". Only four songs of the 16 on the original album were drawn from his first two studio albums. Besides the contributions of bandmate and musical director 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 three-piece horn section and several drummers.
|Mad Dogs & Englishmen|
|Live album by|
|Recorded||27–28 March 1970|
|Venue||Fillmore East, New York City|
136:30 (2005 Deluxe Edition)
|Producer||Denny Cordell, Leon Russell|
|Joe Cocker chronology|
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." "Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen"/"Let It Be" was a single from the movie soundtrack that featured Leon Russell and Claudia Lennear. The Leon Russell song was also released on his album Leon Russell and the Shelter People.
In 2006, Mad Dogs & Englishmen was released as a six-disc box set under the title Mad Dogs & Englishmen: The Complete Fillmore East Concerts by Hip-O Select. Both early and late shows from March 27 and 28, 1970, were released in their entirety.
According to the liner notes, Cocker needed to put together a band quickly for a U.S. tour that his management had organized. He was informed only on 12 March 1970 about the tour which would start on 20 March. Russell recruited the musicians, many from his prior association with Delaney and Bonnie (Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle, Jim Price, Jim Horn, Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon). Chris Stainton was held over from Cocker's Grease Band and Cocker's producer Denny Cordell was part of the backing vocalists.
A decision was also made to film the tour resulting in the theatrically-released concert film of the same name.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
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 criticized the majority of the arrangements and said 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 Cocker's creative presence on the album was drowned out by that of Russell, but held that this was not a bad thing. Kevin Perry, writing Cocker's obituary in the NME, described the album as a classic and one of two things (the other his cover of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’) that first brought Cocker his fame.
|2.||"Honky Tonk Women"||Mick Jagger, Keith Richards||3:47|
|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|
|7.||"Feelin' Alright"||Dave Mason||5:47|
|8.||"Superstar" (lead vocal by Rita Coolidge)||Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett||5:02|
|10.||"Let's Go Get Stoned"||Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead||7:30|
|13.||"Girl from the North Country" (lead vocals by Cocker and Russell)||Bob Dylan||2:32|
|14.||"Give Peace a Chance"||Russell, Bramlett||4:14|
|16.||"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"||John Lennon, Paul McCartney||3:01|
|17.||"Space Captain"||Matthew Moore||5:15|
|18.||"The Letter"||Wayne Carson Thompson||4:46|
2005 deluxe editionEdit
The two-disc deluxe edition expanded and re-sequenced the order of the original album to more closely reflect the actual order of the songs' presentation in concert. Introductions from the original album were matched with their corresponding songs, with about an hour of additional content, including songs with lead vocals performed by Leon Russell, Don Preston and Claudia Lennear as noted above. The new edition also added previously-released Cocker covers such as "Darling Be Home Soon", "Something" and "With a Little Help from My Friends".
Four bonus tracks that were not recorded in concert were included. One was a rehearsal jam. The single ("The Letter/"Space Captain"), recorded during rehearsals on a sound stage, that was released to coincide with the tour was also included. "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.
|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 the Wire"||6:31|
|6.||"Cry Me a River"||4:05|
|10.||"Darling Be Home Soon"||John Sebastian||5:47|
|11.||"Let It Be" (lead vocal by Claudia Lennear)||Lennon, McCartney||3:40|
|12.||"Further Up the Road" (lead vocal by Don Preston)||Joe Medwick, Don Robey||4:00|
|13.||"Let's Go Get Stoned"||8:05|
|15.||"Hummingbird" (lead vocal by Russell)||Russell||4:08|
|16.||"Dixie Lullaby" (lead vocal by Russell)||Russell, Chris Stainton||2:58|
|19.||"Give Peace a Chance"||4:46|
|21.||"With a Little Help From My Friends"||Lennon, McCartney||8:40|
|22.||"Girl From the North Country"||2:45|
|23.||"Warm Up Jam Including "Under My Thumb""||Jagger, Richards||5:45|
|24.||"The Letter" (single version)||4:10|
|25.||"Space Captain" (single version)||4:29|
|26.||"The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen" (lead vocal by Russell; studio recording)||Russell||3:59|
- Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Donna Washburn, Claudia Lennear, Denny Cordell, Daniel Moore, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Nicole Barclay, Bobby Jones - vocals
- Leon Russell - lead guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocals
- Don Preston - guitar, vocals, backing vocals
- Chris Stainton - organ, piano
- Carl Radle - bass guitar
- Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell - drums
- Chuck Blackwell, Sandy Konikoff, Bobby Torres - percussion
- Jim Horn, Bobby Keys - saxophone
- Jim Price - trumpet
|Cash Box Album Charts||2|
|Record World Album Charts||1|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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