Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949044923
  • Catalog Number: 90449
  • Sales rank: 874

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Cocker Primary Artist, Vocals
Rita Coolidge Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Leon Russell Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Nickey Barclay Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Claudia Lennear Vocals
Pamela Polland Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jim Price Trumpet, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Chuck Blackwell Percussion, Drums
Bobby Keys Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sanford Konikoff Percussion
Daniel Moore Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Matthew Moore Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Don Preston Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Carl Radle Bass
Chris Stainton Organ, Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Bobby Torres Percussion, Conga
Donna Washburn Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Donna Weiss Vocals
Claudia Linnear Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Donna Wiess Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bob "Congo" Jones Vocals
Bobby Jones Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Joe Cocker Contributor
Rita Coolidge Contributor
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Dave Mason Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Leon Russell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Contributor, Audio Production
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Jim Keltner Contributor
Nick Ashford Composer
Denny Cordell Producer, Audio Production
Henry Glover Composer
Glyn Johns Mastering
Isaac Hayes Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Bobby Keys Contributor
Edwin H. Kramer Engineer
Bill Levenson Reissue Producer
John Mendelsohn Liner Notes
Matthew Moore Composer
David Porter Composer
Don Preston Contributor
Carl Radle Contributor
Keith Richards Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Chris Stainton Arranger, Contributor
Ron Wolin Illustrations
Craig Braun Concept
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Joseph Armstead Composer
Theresa Malham Mastering
Craig Bruan Artwork
J.P Bean Liner Notes
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