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Mad Dogs & Englishmen [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Joe Cocker
Mad Dogs & Englishmen [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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The rock & roll road show never really caught on, which is surprising given that Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen revue showed tour dogs how it's done. Recorded live at New York's Fillmore East in the spring of 1970, thi...  more »

     
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All Artists: Joe Cocker
Title: Mad Dogs & Englishmen [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Release Date: 11/17/1998
Album Type: Gold CD
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Blues Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 015775473621

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The rock & roll road show never really caught on, which is surprising given that Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen revue showed tour dogs how it's done. Recorded live at New York's Fillmore East in the spring of 1970, this CD (as well as a film of the same name) documents a slapdash extravaganza (the whole thing was conceived, organized, and abandoned over the course of two months) that overflows with big, brassy, rockin' soul. Front and center is Joe Cocker, a spastically charismatic Brit soul shouter. The bandleader is Leon Russell, playing some of the best rock piano ever waxed. And the crack company (boasting 21 singers and players) features the Rolling Stones' future horn section and Derek & the Dominoes' rhythm-section-in-waiting. Cocker shines on "Cry Me a River," "Give Peace a Chance," "The Letter," and a slew of other covers that benefit greatly from the volcanic arrangements whipped up by Russell and Chris Stainton. It may have been the Ray Charles revue for the Woodstock Generation, but, shockingly, the Genius himself hasn't made too many records that surpass this one. --Steven Stolder

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CD Reviews

Is this the best live album ever made?
JohnH@Arthurlea.freeserve.co.uk | Scotland | 02/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Listening to Mad Dogs and Englishmen, it can be hard to believe that this was cut nearly thirty years ago, or am I just older than I care to admit. Apart from a few ropey moments, mostly courtesy of Leon Russell, this album is just sensational. The sound quality is amazing, the playing is tight, the songs are great and it just plain oozes soul. Head straight for "Drown in my own tears" and "Space Captain", rather than the more obvious well known tracks like "Delta Lady". What really amazes me about this album (and in the same category goes stuff like "Astral Weeks" and "Steve Stills 2") is just how little we have progressed. It may be 30 years old, but it is all there. You won't regret buying this, and if anyone out there knows of an album in the same style that has really advanced the plot since 1970, I'm all ears!John H"
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grandpiano_57 | Burlington, CT USA | 10/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree completely with the last reviewer who forgot to hit the 5 star selection. A monument to an incredible series of concerts that pushed Joe and his entourage to the limits every night. It captures a time and spirit perfectly and the music sounds as dynamic today as ever."