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

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Classic 1970 live album digitally remastered! Includes "Cry Me A River", "Feelin Alright", "Delta Lady" & "The Letter".

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00001X58X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 9, 2003
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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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.

[25 April 2014]

Mad Dogs has been released numerous times on CD. What follows is a substantial re-write of my original review, because the versions that were current when I first wrote this are long gone, and have been replaced with a couple of others...

There are a few things to guide your purchase: Completeness, Sound Quality, and Price.

The winner for both Completeness and Sound Quality is the 6-disc set released by HIP-O Select. This release included all four shows (each day's matinee and evening show), complete and in their original order. There were only 2,500 sets. The set is no longer available.

Hip-O followed up the 6-disc set with a pair of 3-disc sets (one set for each day). The sound quality is the same as the 6-disc sets and includes all the same material, sequence, etc. with 5,000 of each 3-disc sets being released. The sets are no longer available.

A complete track list for the 6-disc set can be had by going to: www.hip-oselect.com. Click on the Rock / Pop / Country category in the right-hand column, then scroll down in the main window to get to the link for the listing.

To get any of the above, you will spend hundreds of dollars. Assuming you are not ready to spend that much, I would go with the 2-disc set from 2005 (the year after they did the limited releases mentioned above). It will be in a plastic sleeve with "Deluxe Edition" on the front, lower right.
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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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