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Mad Dog Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000013J
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Fall To Pieces
2. Cell Number 7
3. You Can Be So Mean
4. Lady Killer
5. Who In the Hell?
6. Mad Dog
7. Jungle Bunny
8. I'm So Scared
9. Drowning

Editorial Reviews

Remastered.9 Great Tracks Including Mad Dog & Drowning.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Peterson on March 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Who's bassist's fourth solo album is his second attempt at 50's style rock and roll (the first is Rigor Mortis Sets In). This time though he had a back up band that was worthy enough to go on the road. The ensemble playing was very tasteful and appropriate for the time era but the material is slighter than the three albums preceding it. The title track is worthy of the Angels, the Shangri-las, and other girl groups of the era, but unless you're a music lover of 50's rock and roll you'll be somewhat disappointed. I Fall To Pieces is not the Patsy Cline classic but an Entwistle original (just thought you'd like to know). One other song of interest is Cell Number 7, which tells the true story of the Who spending a night in jail after demolishing a hotel buffet room.... and getting caught!!! Yikes!! Cell Number 7 IS a long way from heaven!(especially with Keith Moon around). The rest of the album is only so-so. I give the album 3 stars because the album is very well crafted and the performances are excellent. If you want better examples of what Entwistle is capable of then pick up Smash Your Head Against The Wall or Whistle Rhymes which both have excellent performances and strong material. Rock On, John!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Goodwin on December 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First things first: I'm a huge John Entwistle fan. I love his songs, love his playing...heck, I have more copies of "Smash Your Head Against the Wall"--his brilliant first solo album--than you'd care to know. That said, he was *also* fond of marginalizing his talent and letting his sense of humor take over, as while these excursions could be amusing, they quite rarely made it as "great albums."
Entwistle's two mid-seventies albums are a case in point. Whereas "Rigor Mortis Sets In" was a "genre parody" album of 50s rock, "Mad Dog" comes accross as a parody of...well, 50's everything-else! Yet while Rigor Mortis boasted a few true Entwistle classics--the hilariously-dark "Roller Skate Kate," and the driving "Peg Leg Peggy," amoung others--his songcraft takes a sharp turn into "style over substance" here. The sendups are fine, to be sure, but they simply don't have the longevity of his albums past (Smash, Whistle Rymes) or future (Too Late the Hero).
Verdict: Not bad, but definitely sample first.
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Format: Audio CD
Quirky is an under statement when it comes to John Entwistle. "Mad Dog" manages to collect 1950's influences, throw in a blistering horn section, witty lyrics and the Ox's usual off beat subject matter blending it well for an unusual tasting conconction.

Although It's not my favorite album, "Mad Dog" brims with inspiration from the spirited arrangements that parody 1950's rock and pop to playing by all involved including Howie Casey and Eddie Jobson guesting on a number of tracks. From Spector-esque girl group styled songs to rockers like "I'm So Scared" that might not have been out of place on a later Who album, "Mad Dog" seeks to tackle as wide a range of styles as possible within a 36 minute album. Often referred to as "Son of Rigor Mortis (sets in)" (with a bit of humor the Ox might have appreciated)because both albums have that faux 50's, early 60's Spectorish feel to them, "Mad Dog" is an album prefer to "Rigor Mortis Sets insimply because the songs are a bit better for me and there aren't any of the covers that I feel are so-so on the that album.

The edition I have is the Repertoire edition from 1997 which has no bonus tracks. The original 9 track album had a couple of filler tracks on them (which ones? You'll have to decide which ones YOU like and you may find that none of them are filler to you)which makes "Mad Dog" a notch below "Smash Your Head Against the Wall". Nevertheless, this is a fine album from the Ox.

There aren't any bonus tracks on the Repertoire edition while the Sanctuary has two bonus tracks on it--single versions of the title track and "Cell Number 7" (a song written about the band's arrest in 1974 in Montreal for drugs). I prefer the Repertiore edition myself but your ears may vary in what you enjoy.

For those who enjoy humor and imagination in their music, the Ox's solo albums rarely failed to please.
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