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Mad Dogs & Englishmen [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Listening to this CD brings back a lot of memories. Mad Dogs & Englishmen was just about the most elaborate album that A&M Records had ever released, back in 1971, a double LP in a three-panel, fold-out, gatefold sleeve, with almost 80 minutes of music inside and a ton of photos, graphics, and annotation wrapping around it. A live recording done in tandem with a killer documentary film of the same U.S. tour, it was recorded at the Fillmore East, where the movie was a cross-country affair, and the two were, thus, completely separate entities -- also, as people couldn't "buy" the film in those days, the double LP has lingered longer in the memory, by virtue of its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Listening to this CD brings back a lot of memories. Mad Dogs & Englishmen was just about the most elaborate album that A&M Records had ever released, back in 1971, a double LP in a three-panel, fold-out, gatefold sleeve, with almost 80 minutes of music inside and a ton of photos, graphics, and annotation wrapping around it. A live recording done in tandem with a killer documentary film of the same U.S. tour, it was recorded at the Fillmore East, where the movie was a cross-country affair, and the two were, thus, completely separate entities -- also, as people couldn't "buy" the film in those days, the double LP has lingered longer in the memory, by virtue of its being on shelves, and also being taken off those shelves to be played. Unlike a lot of other "coffee table"-type rock releases of the era, such as Woodstock and The Concert for Bangladesh, people actually listened to Mad Dogs & Englishmen -- most of its content was exciting, and its sound, a veritable definition of big-band rock with three dozen players working behind the singer, was unique. The CD offers a seriously good sound, whether it's just Joe Cocker and a pianist and organist in the opening of "Bird on a Wire," or the entire band going full-tilt on "Cry Me a River"; the remastering was set at a high volume level and there was a decent amount of care taken to get the detail right, so you can appreciate the presence of the multiple drummers, and the legion of guitarists and singers, plus the multiple keyboard players. The lead guitar and solo piano on "Feelin' Alright," for example, come through, but so do the 34 other players and singers behind the lead. This record was also just as much a showcase for Leon Russell as it was for Joe Cocker, which A&M probably didn't mind a bit, as Russell was selling millions of records at the time. As is now known, and it's recounted in the new notes, the tour from which this album was drawn all but wiped out Joe Cocker -- on a psychic level -- because the music was presented on such a vast scale and there is a moment in the movie where he mentions breaking up his former backing group, the Grease Band, with a hint of regret in his voice and his own contribution was so muted by Russell's work as arranger and bandleader. He may well have been the "victim" of a "hijacking" of sorts, but the musical results, apart from the dubious "Give Peace a Chance," are difficult to argue about upon hearing this record anew, decades after the fact -- it's almost all bracing and beautiful. [In 2005 Mad Dogs & Englishmen was reissued in a two-CD deluxe edition with eight previously unreleased live performances inserted throughout the discs and four rare studio recordings tacked onto the end. The new live performances are longer and looser and Russell plays an even bigger role. They're excellent, as are the stereo studio mixes of "The Letter" and "Space Captain," available for the first time here.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498860069
  • Catalog Number: 000553102
  • Sales rank: 48,605

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honky Tonk Woman (4:57)
  2. 2 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (3:17)
  3. 3 The Weight (5:57)
  4. 4 Sticks and Stones (2:46)
  5. 5 Bird on a Wire (6:31)
  6. 6 Cry Me a River (4:05)
  7. 7 Superstar - Rita Coolidge (4:59)
  8. 8 Feelin' Alright (5:47)
  9. 9 Something (5:33)
  10. 10 Darling Be Home Soon (5:47)
  11. 11 Let It Be - Claudia Lennear (3:40)
  12. 12 Further on Up the Road - Don Preston (4:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let's Go Get Stoned (8:05)
  2. 2 Space Captain (5:20)
  3. 3 Hummingbird - Leon Russell (4:08)
  4. 4 Dixie Lullaby - Leon Russell (2:58)
  5. 5 The Letter (4:32)
  6. 6 Delta Lady (7:03)
  7. 7 Give Peace a Chance (4:46)
  8. 8 Blue Medley: I'll Drown in My Own Tears/When Something Is Wrong ... (12:37)
  9. 9 With a Little Help from My Friends (8:40)
  10. 10 Girl from the North Country (2:44)
  11. 11 Warm-Up Jam: Under My Thumb - The Shelter People (5:45)
  12. 12 The Letter - The Shelter People (4:13)
  13. 13 Space Captain - The Shelter People (4:32)
  14. 14 The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Leon Russell (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist, Vocals
Rita Coolidge Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Leon Russell Guitar, Piano
Nickey Barclay Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Pamela Polland Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jim Price Trumpet
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Chuck Blackwell Percussion, Drums
Bobby Keys Tenor Saxophone
Sanford Konikoff Percussion
Daniel Moore Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Matthew Moore Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Don Preston Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Carl Radle Bass
Chris Stainton Organ, Piano
Bobby Torres Conga
Donna Washburn Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Donna Weiss Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bobby Lee Jones Choir, Chorus
Bobby Jones Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
George Harrison Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Dave Mason Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Leon Russell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Sebastian Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Denny Cordell Producer, Audio Production
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Henry Glover Composer
Glyn Johns Producer, Mastering
Isaac Hayes Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer
Richard Marx Composer
John Mendelsohn Liner Notes
Matthew Moore Composer
David Porter Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Don Robey Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Chris Stainton Arranger, Composer
Suha Gur Mastering
Ron Wolin Illustrations
Craig Braun Package Concept
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Joseph Armstead Composer
Joe Veasey Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Joe's best all time album

    This is a beautiful version of the Great Mad Dogs concerts. This is a true classic. One you ought to own. This album is great, but dont bother with the DVD movie, just stick with this CD.

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