Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Joe Cocker  Mad Dogs & Englishmen
(1970) Original release, two LP set, gatefold jacket that opens to poster.  Sides labelled  1 & 4, 2 & 3.  This arrangment was for the old turntables which you could stack more than one album on a spindle to drop them down in playing order.  Purchased used in 1989 from Record Surplus.  This is an album I grew up with.  My folks owned this when new.  Not sure what ever happened to their copy.  I remember studying the fold out poster. The photo of the big haired woman with the Planet of The Apes mask staring over her shoulder always freaked me out.  Reading the liner notes again I am reminded that this ragtag motley group was quickly assembled and then quickly disbanded with their last performance at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino in 1970.  Maybe my folks were there? This would explain why we owned the record.  This live album is sprawling, grand, and incredibly well recorded.  Listening to it you can hear the large number of musicians. Recorded at the Fillmore East.

Side One

  1. Introduction  (0.45)
  2. Honky Tonk Women  (3:35)
  3. Introduction  (0.18)
  4. Sticks And Stones  (2:30)
  5. Cry Me A River  (3:50)
  6. Bird On The Wire  (6:15)

Side Two

  1. Feelin’ Alright  (5:30)
  2. Superstar  (4:55)
  3. Introduction  (0.15)
  4. Let’s Go Get Stoned  (7:15)

Side Three

  1. Blue Medley-I’ll Drown In My Own Tears-When Something Is Wrong With My Baby-I’ve Been Loving You Too Long  (12:47)
  2. Introduction  (0.20)
  3. Girl From The North County  (2:30)
  4. Give Peace A Chance  (4:20)

Side Four

  1. Introduction  (0.40)
  2. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window  (2:50)
  3. Space Captain  (4:55)
  4. The Letter  (4.20)
  5. Delta Lady  (5:35)

This entire performance was filmed.  I need to try to find it on DVD.  I have never seen it. I have to comment on “The Choir”: Don Preston, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Linnear, Daniel Moore, Donna Weiss, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Donna Washburn, Nicole Barclay, and Bobby Jones provide the backing vocals for this entire album.  Their contribution brings this entire recording up to another level of sheer amazement. Matched up against Joe Cocker‘s gravel throat and you have the vocal equivalent of a rose bush.

Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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