Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen is the first live album by English singer Joe Cocker, originally released in August 1970 via A&M Records.

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, 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.

This remaster 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 has taken a decent amount of care 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, the tour from which this album was drawn all but wiped out Joe Cocker because the music was presented on such a vast scale 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 are difficult to argue about upon hearing this record anew, decades after the fact - it's almost all bracing and beautiful.

Check out the tracks: “The Letter”; “Feelin’ Alright”; “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” and “Cry Me A River”.

This is a Music On Vinyl Double Album 2LP Record set Reissued in September 2011 on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl housed in a standard Gatefold Sleeve, pressed in Europe.

(0600753357811)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Introduction

0:44

A2

Honky Tonk Women

3:47

A3

Introduction

0:17

A4

Sticks And Stones

2:37

A5

Cry Me A River

4:00

A6

Bird On A Wire

6:37

B1

Feelin’ Alright

5:47

B2

Superstar (Lead Vocal – Rita Coolidge)

5:02

B3

Introduction

0:16

B4

Let's Go Get Stoned

7:30

C1

Blue Medley:

  1. I’ll Drown In My Own Tears
  2. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
  3. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

12:46

C2

Introduction

0:21

C3

Girl From The North Country (Lead Vocals – Joe Cocker & Leon Russell)

2:32

C4

Give Peace A Chance

4:14

D1

Introduction

0:41

D2

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

3:01

D3

Space Captain

5:15

D4

The Letter

4:46

D5

Delta Lady

5:40

SKU 0600753357811
Record Label A&M Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP355
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 22 September 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 01 August 1970
Barcode # 0600753357811
Shipping Weight 0.5400kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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