Mad Dogs and Englishmen album liner notes and Mad Dogs Diary (1970)

Mad Dogs original Poster

JOE COCKER
MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN

Original 1970 double album liner notes


“Music From The Original Sound Track”

MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN
Including, for your delight, Cosmic Kiddies, English Roadies, Children with the Answers, Cooking Italians, Presidents of Recording Companies, Acrobatics and Displays, The Odd Sane Dog, The Space Choir, Assorted Sound Freaks, and All Elements of the Truth.
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The Mad Dog Diary

11th March 1970.  Joe Cocker flies into Los Angeles with the intentions of recuperating from grueling months on the road and forming a new band to perform with during the coming summer.

12th March 1970.  Dee Anthony (of Bandana Management) flies into Los Angeles bearing the tidings that a seven-week Joe Cocker tour, to begin eight days later in Detroit, has been negotiated and advises Joe that the Musician’s Union, immigration authorities, and promoters involved should be mightily chagrined (to the point of barring him from performing in America henceforth) should he fail to go through with it.

13th March 1970.  Leon Russell, hearing of Joe’s plight, offers his services in forming and playing in a band for Joe to take with him on his tour.  So great is his prowess on the telephone that, by day’s end, ten musicians have been assembled and rehearsals begun.

14th March 1970.  Some three hundred people turn out to watch the new band (which now includes eleven singers as well as ten players) rehearse for twelve hours on the A&M sound-stage.

15th March 1970.  Another twelve-hour rehearsal is held and a private airplane is hired.

16th March 1970.  Eleven more rehearsal hours are put under the collective belt.

17th March 1970.  Yet another marathon rehearsal is staged, this one recorded in its entirety, with “The Letter”/“Space Captain” single resulting.  The entourage, henceforth known as Mad Dogs & Englishmen, now numbers thirty-six, including the musicians, three sound men, two secretaries, three roadies, managers, wives, lovers, assorted children, and other animals.

18th March 1970.
  Someone proposes that the whole tour be filmed.  Another, bigger, airplane is ordered to accommodate the five-man-film-crew supplemented entourage, which now numbers forty-three.

19th March 1970. 
 These forty-three crowd into the new Super Constellation and wing to Detroit, where their first live performance occurs the next day.

27th and 28th March 1970.  Four appearances later Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen arrive at the Fillmore East, wherein this album was recorded in its entirety, the lion’s share coming from the Friday evening shows.

16th May 1970.  After playing their last show together (in San Bernardino, California) and then kissing, embracing, flashing back sentimentally, and crying the odd tear, Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen go their separate ways, but not before having bestowed upon each of us who saw them or have heard this album or will see the film of their adventures a generous dose of joy.

– John Mendelsohn
Vendor of the Cosmic Comma
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Side One

INTRODUCTION   0:45

HONKY TONK WOMEN # $  3:35
(Mick Jagger-Keith Richard)
Gideon Music Inc. BMI

INTRODUCTION  0:18

STICKS AND STONES
 # $  2:30
(Titus Turner-Henry Glover)
Tangerine Music Inc. BMI

CRY ME A RIVER * +  3:50
(Arthur Hamilton)
Saunders Publications Inc. ASCAP

BIRD ON THE WIRE * +  6:15
(Leonard Cohen)
Stranger Music Inc. BMI
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Side Two

FEELIN’ ALRIGHT # $  5:30
(Dave Mason)
Irving Music Inc. BMI

SUPERSTAR
 * +  4:55
(Leon Russell-Bonnie Bramlett)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc./Delbon Publishing BMI

INTRODUCTION  0:15

LET’S GO GET STONED # $  7:15
(V. Simpson-N. Ashford-J. Armstead)
Baby Monica Music/Reneigh Music BMI
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Side Three

BLUE MEDLEY – * +  12:47
I’LL DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS
(Henry Glover)
Jay & Cee Music BMI
WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY
(Isaac Hayes-David Porter)
East/Memphis Music Corp. BMI
I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG
(Otis Redding-Jerry Butler)
East/Memphis Music Corp./Time Music Corp. BMI

INTRODUCTION 
 0:20

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY 
 2:30
(Bob Dylan)
M. Witmark & Sons ASCAP

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
 * +  4:20
(Leon Russell-Bonnie Bramlett)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc./Delbon Publishing BMI
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Side Four

INTRODUCTION   0:40

SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW # $  2:50
(John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
Maclen Music Inc. BMI

SPACE CAPTAIN * +  4:55
(Matthew Moore)
Skyhill Publishing Co., Inc. BMI

THE LETTER * +  4:20
(Wayne Carson Thompson)
Earl Barton Music Inc. BMI

DELTA LADY * +  5:35
(Leon Russell)
Skyhill Music Co., Inc. BMI

Musical Arrangements: Leon Russell, Chris Stainton
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THE BAND
LEON RUSSELL (Master Of Space And Time) # guitar, * piano
CHRIS STAINTON (The Foxy Prince Of Roll) $piano, + organ
DON PRESTON (The Gentle Giant) rhythm guitar
CARL RADLE (The Mad Professor) bass
JIM GORDON (The Rock) drums
SNAKEY JIM KELTNER (Floats Like A Butterfly, Stings Like A Bee) drums
CLOUDY CHUCK BLACKWELL  (Direct From The Taj Mahal) percussion and drums
SANDY KONIKOFF (Purveyor Of The Sphincter Phone) percussion
BOBBY TORRES congas
JIM PRICE (The Price Is Right) trumpet
BOBBY KEYES (The Ruby Lipped Essence Of Lubbock, Texas) Tenor sax
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THE CHOIR
DON PRESTON / RITA COOLIDGE (The Delta Lady) / CLAUDIA LINNEAR (Stellar Gypsy) / DANIEL MOORE / DONNA WEISS / PAMELA POLLAND / MATTHEW MOORE / DONNA WASHBURN (Lady Madonna) / NICOLE BARCLAY / BOBBY JONES
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PRODUCED BY DENNY CORDELL (Lunar Tea Cake Snake Man) and LEON RUSSELL for Tarantula Productions

Recorded on March 27-28, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York

Location Engineer: Edwin Kramer

Mixdown and Master Engineer: Glyn Johns, M.B.E.

Design: Tom Wilkes

Photography: Jim McCrary, Cosmina Andee Cohen

Packaging Concept: Craig Braun

Illustration: Ron Wolin

Leon Russell appears with love from Shelter Records
Don Preston courtesy of Stax Records

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