Sunday, July 29, 2012

On the turntable this Sunday...Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Mad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cocker's 1970 live album, featuring a fusion of rock and soul. The album title is drawn from the 1931 Noël Coward song of the same name. Mostly Cocker's album is made up of covers, drawing equally from rock (The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding). Accompanying Cocker is an enormous choir, a two-piece horn section and several drummers. According to the liner notes: "All elements of the Truth" are included here. The album was originally issued as a deluxe 2-Record Set.

In 2005, Mad Dogs and Englishmen was released as a 2-disc deluxe edition set through Universal Records to commemorate the album's thirty-fifth anniversary.

In 2006, Mad Dogs and Englishmen was released as a 6-disc box set under the title, "The Complete Fillmore East Concerts" by Hip-O Select. Both early and late shows from March 27 and March 28, 1970 were released in their entirety.

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