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Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Live 1970 Fillmore East) [Deluxe Edition]

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Editors’ Notes

At the time of its initial release in 1970, Mad Dogs & Englishmen was a multi-format assault. In the pre-DVD age, the concert film could only be viewed in theaters, so the double gatefold live album was the only available souvenir for this British soul singer who was enjoying critical and commercial success as a master interpreter of other people’s music. The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” is good fun, but Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” turns the ageless folk song into a tough soul shout. The Box Tops’ “The Letter” is equally infused with blue-eyed soul and some fierce horns. And that’s how it is throughout. Years of heavy drinking and hard living would damage Cocker’s voice and career and he would eventually settle into the mellower reaches of adult-contemporary, but these recordings are scary in their passion and rewarding in their artistic scope. Whether he’s tearing through “Cry Me a River” or “Let’s Go Get Stoned” or settling into Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire,” Cocker has both the virtuosity to make a grand statement and the grit to make it sound believable. The expanded edition includes eight previously unreleased live performances — including a definitive cover of the Band’s “The Weight” — and several studio recordings to make this even more of a landmark in Cocker’s career.

Customer Reviews

A Great LIVE Album

This is by far the better of the 2 "Mad Dogs" CD's that are offered by iTunes. This one also includes songs by Leon Russell and also includes studio versions of some of the hit songs (as well as their LIVE versions, for contrast). For best enjoying pleasure, though, go download the movie version, its great!

"I've Got To Leave Before I Start To Scream!"

.."My Baby She Wrote Me A Letter!"..Wowsers!-This Full Set Has It All: Soulful Vocals; Honking Horns; Rockin' Rhythms; Beautiful Backups; Barrelhouse Boogieing + A Superb Song Selection!-{We just knew that Joe Cocker had that "Special Something" when we first caught his act at The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival 40 Years Ago This Summer!}-The "Mad Dogs And Englishmen" Record and Film showcase a truly Legendary Lineup: That Southern Maestro; Mr. Leon Russell; Assembeled a Band that included pretty much All of "Delaney & Bonnie" outfit (Except them!); Some assorted "Dominoes" and The "Sheffield Soul Shouter" himself; Mr. Joe Cocker!-Just Transforming & Ripping & Testifing on Tunes by Lennon; Dylan; Cohen; Charles & King!-We're so glad that these "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" came out to "Play In The Noonday Sun!"...by Grimmbo.

One of the greatest albums of all time...

I love this album! Full of great songs! Joe Cocker was a burn-out case 39 years ago when this album was made and he is still touring!!

Biography

Born: May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After starting out as an unsuccessful pop singer (working under the name Vance Arnold), Joe Cocker found his niche singing rock and soul in the pubs of England with his superb backing group, the Grease Band. He hit number one in the U.K. in November 1968 with his version of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends." His career really took off after he sang that song at Woodstock in August 1969. A second British hit came with a version of Leon Russell's "Delta Lady" in the fall of 1969 (by then,...
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