Mad Dogs & Englishmen by Joe Cocker


Mad Dogs & Englishmen by Joe Cocker is a live album released in 1970. Four songs of the album were released from his first two studio albums drawn equally from the soul (Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding) and rock (The Rolling Stone, Traffic, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles).

A single of the album “The Letter” was recorded during the rehearsal to coincide with the tour.  Another single “Let it be” was featured by Leon Russell and Claudia Lennear for a movie soundtrack. Later on this song was also released on his album “Leon Russell and the Shelter People”.

Joe Cocker toured 48 cities during the ensuing Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and recorded live albums and received good reviews from the magazine Time and Life for his performances. He enjoyed several chart entries in the United States with a cover version of “Feelin’ Alright” 

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Listening to the tracks brings back a lot of memories. Mad Dogs & Englishmen was the most elaborate album that A&M records had ever released. The live recording of the album was done in tandem with a killer documentary film of the U.S tour and was recorded at the Filmore East, where the movie was a cross country affair. Most of its content is exciting and it sounds like a veritable definition of a rock band with three dozen players working behind the singer. The music of the track “Bird and Wire” and “Cry Me a River” seriously gives a unique sound by Joe Cocker and pianist.

Joe Cocker was born on20th May 1944 at Sheffield England. He was known for his spasmodic body movement in performances and his gritty voice. Cooker was nominated for the Britt Award in 1993; he was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legend plaque in his hometown in 2007. In 2008 he relieved an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was ranked at 97 on Rolling Stone 100 greatest singers 
list.

 

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