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Mad Dogs & Englishmen [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live]

Joe CockerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00001X58X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. Honky Tonk Woman
3. Introduction
4. Sticks and Stones
5. Cry Me a River
6. Bird on a Wire
7. Feelin' Alright
8. Superstar
9. Introduction
10. Let's Go Get Stoned
11. Blue Medley: I'll Drown in My Own Tears/When Something Is Wrong ...
12. Introduction
13. Girl from the North Country
14. Give Peace a Chance
15. Introduction
16. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
17. Space Captain
18. Letter
19. Delta Lady

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are those that insist that "Mad Dogs & Englishmen," the 1970 record of the Joe Cocker tour, is the high point in the music career of the gravely voiced soul singer. I can see the reasons for the argument, but even with his once powerful voice worn away by alcohol abuse there is something to be said for his sense of phrasing in the later years. He still came up with a great howl on "When the Night Comes" and if I am only allowed to listen to one Joe Cocker track for the rest of eternity I am going to take the monster 9:27 long live version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" that is on "The Best of Joe Cocker." That being said, if you are talking about an entire album, then "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" is the one to go with, because Cocker live was always better than Cocker in the studio, not that this pronouncement is exactly news to anyone.
It helps to set the scene for the 1970 tour. Two years earlier Cocker had hit the top of the charts in the U.K. with his cover of the Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends," and when he sang the song at Woodstock he made a name for himself in the colonies. Leon Russell became Cocker's musical director and provided a second hit in England with "Delta Lady." Two albums came out in 1969, "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Joe Cocker!", both of which went gold. What makes this live album so amazing is that Cocker only sings one song form his first album (and it is not even the title cut but "Feelin' Alright") and only three cuts from the second: "Bird on a Wire," "Delta Lady" and another in a series of classic Beatles coves, "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the second best (of four) CD releases. July 24, 2000
By MG Nagy
Format:Audio CD
Not much more can be said about the quality of these performances. Ragged in places, the energy more than makes up for any short comings (real or imaginary) with respect to the players. Leon Russell is a god, but that's getting into a whole other conversation. Simply put, this performance never disappoints. I wish I could say the same for the technical side.

Mad Dogs has been released numerous times on CD. The first two times were both 2CD sets, with the Mobile Fidelity gold set beating the A&M release easily. This was a small consolation. The 2CD A&M set was muddy, with poor separation, and plenty of hiss. The MoFi set was better, only in the fact that it was less muddy, and had a bit less hiss. The overall quality of both releases was poor, and because the MoFi release was on gold, the price would have you skipping a few meals.

The next two releases were both single disc packages. The A&M release (the release this review is being attached to) has significant improvements in some areas, and new problems in others. This time, A&M seems to have over-compensated for their earlier mistakes. There is much more definition through the middle and high end, and at least as much hiss as last time. Between the two A&M releases, your better off getting the new one, and making system adjustments to compensate for the lack of low end.

The best solution, however, is to track down the the single disc on MoFi. The dynamic range is good, with much less distortion. There's actual depth to the recording, with something vaguely resembling a soundstage. There is quite a bit of background chatter and what-not that remained hidden (to me) until this release.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe in his Prime June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The consistent energy level on this great recording of the outrageous Mad Dogs tour is quintessential Joe Cocker. His renditions of Cry Me a river, Delta Lady, The Letter, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window and others are definitive and find him pushing the limit while rocking the house down. Joe is backed by a virtual all-star band featuring Leon Russell, Chris Stainton, a crack horn and rhythm section, a soulful choir and many more.
This tour was incredible not only in the energetic performances Joe and his cohorts delivered every night, but also in the fact that Joe and his Mad Dog's entourage played 48 cities in 56 days! Coming off his sonic performance at Woodstock the previous summer, this was the ticket to get in 1970. Some may quibble about the recording sound, but for the sheer power of electrifying performances that cannot be matched in intensity. Joe had to recover after this tour from exhaustion as the energy exerted was genuine... a rocking joy from start to finish, this is a classic album!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a tambourine-shaker April 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
So much happened in pop music from 1964-73 that looking back at it, all most people see are the highest peaks. We tend to forget the overall sense of discovery and excitement as the musicians of that time pushed ever forward to try something new, or to revive something old in a new way.
A case in point is this utterly enjoyable album by Joe Cocker, a document of a brief but memorable tour with a band that featured about 10 singers, 3 drummers, 2 horn players, and a great piano-organ-guitar-bass section featuring Leon Russell, Chris Stainton and Carl Radle. There were a lot of musicians on stage, making a stew of music that combined tambourine-shaking white and black gospel, sophisticated Ray Charles-type blues, and British rock. Very quickly, this style went out of style. Leon Russell's time in the limelight was short, as was Delaney and Bonnie's and they were the primary exponents of this sound. In truth, Joe Cocker was probably a strange choice to front a band like this--it's more of a Leon Russell production in many ways. But the combination works magically on this album. Cuts like "Honky Tonk Woman," and "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" rock out, while the middle section of the album featuring a couple of Ray Charles classics, "Drown in My Own Tears" and "Let's Go Get Stoned," and other R&B songs seem very close to Cocker's heart. Russell gives us the great "Delta Lady" and "Superstar" (sung by Rita Coolidge), and his piano dominates the album's biggest hits, "The Letter" and "Cry Me a River," in which he proves that almost any pop song can be sanctified.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No words needed,,,,,,,,
If you are too young to remember when this came out, it is clearly a piece of "Post-Woodstock History". Read more
Published 7 months ago by TheTunerGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Joe Cocker
If you like Joe Cocker, you should love this live concert. To me, it really captures not only the concerts, but the behind-the-scenes activity of putting together, then pulling off... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Radioman
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Joe
The music is still the same and remembering when I was eighteen. What a voice and the music makes you feel alright...James
Published 8 months ago by James M.
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
Listening to this CD brings back fond memories when we drive and when we sit at home.

Great CD delivered swiftly.
Published 8 months ago by John P. Armbruster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Effort.
Joe Cocker developed a cult following before there were cult followings. Lot's of big names on this recording. A great listen.
Published 8 months ago by Blair Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Classic
I've enjoyed this cd so much. It contains iconic tunes of the age (1960's). If ypu don't getup and danceto this music, you might want to check your pulse.
Published 9 months ago by J. K. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cocker CD
This is as I remembered and missed for me to listen to. At the time it was a cassette tape. I would recommend it to others.
Published 9 months ago by TON
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Performances
This is one of the all-time best live rock albums ever made.Recorded live and in marathon rehearsal, everyone's performances are all-out, full-tilt, spill-your-guts-every-time... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kirk Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Cocker Mad Dogs And Englishmen
What can I say? This is such a great Classic Rock Album. I had it back in the 70's when it was popular and now that I have it again I still enjoy it just as much.
Published 11 months ago by Ron Ramalho
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I bought this to get "Bird on a Wire". In my opinion, that's the best song he has ever done.
Published 13 months ago by Stuart R. Smith
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