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Mad Dogs & EnglishmenMad Dogs and Englishmen is a live album by Joe Cocker released originally in 1970. Accompanying Cocker is a choir, a three-piece horn section and several drummers. The album yielded the single Cry Me a River/Give Peace a Chance. Reissued on 2xLP vinyl.LP 1
1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Sticks And Stones
3. Cry Me A River
4. Bird On The Wire
5. Feelin' Alright
7. Let's Go Get Stoned
1. Blue Medley: I'll Drown In My Own Tears/ When Something Is Wrong With My Baby/ I've Been Loving You
2. Girl From The North Country
3. Give Peace A Chance
4. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
5. Space Captain
6. The Letter
7. Delta Lady$45.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mad Dogs & EnglishmenMad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cocker's legendary live album, recorded in 1970 at the Fillmore East.
For this record Joe Cocker created a unique sound: a veritable definition of big-band rock with three dozen players working behind the singer.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen consists mostly of covers, drawing equally from rock (The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding), and is as much a showcase for arranger & bandleader Leon Russell as it is for Joe Cocker.
As we now know the tour from which this album was drawn took a heavy toll on Joe Cocker and especially his vocal chords because the music was presented on such a grand scale.
Nevertheless, the music still stands to this date and beyond.LP 1
2. Honky Tonk Women
4. Sticks And Stones
5. Cry Me A River
6. Bird On The Wire 6:15
7. Feelin' Alright
10. Let's Go Get Stoned
1a I'll Drown In My Own Tears
1b When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
1c I've Been Loving You Too Long
3. Girl From The North Country
4. Give Peace A Chance
6. She Came In Thru The Bathroom Window
7. Space Captain
8. The Letter
9. Delta Lady$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Carney (200 Gram Vinyl)Hit Maker And Musician's Musician Struck Chart Gold With 1972 Album Carney
Analogue Productions Reissue On 200-Gram Vinyl
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Master Tapes
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Heavyweight Tip-On Old-Style Jacket From Stoughton Printing
With his trademark top hat, hair well past his shoulders, a long, lush beard, an Oklahoma drawl and his fingers splashing two-fisted barrelhouse piano chords, future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell cut a flamboyant figure in the early 1970s. He recorded his first hit single Tight Rope with the release of his third, and most successful album Carney, in 1972, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
Two years earlier Russell had already played on hundreds of songs as one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. The Oklahoma-born pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader led Joe Cocker's band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, appeared at George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh in New York City and composed numerous hits of his own. He was in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Orchestra and played sessions for Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, the Ventures and the Monkees, among many others.
But it was the top-rated Carney, reissued here on an audibly exquisite 200-gram LP from Analogue Productions, that put Carney into the league of extraordinary musicians. Soulful roots-rock yields to dizzying psychedelia on this, Russell's most famous album. His all-time biggest hit, Tight Rope, leads to Out in the Woods, Cajun Love Song, This Masquerade, and more! No link in the reissue chain was sacrificed, making this outstanding reissue a true audiophile masterpiece. Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio remastered the album from the original master tapes; plating and pressing took place at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly, as benefits a stellar reissue, we packaged our version in a heavyweight old-style tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing.
Russell wrote scores of hits for others, among them Superstar, (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, Delta Lady for Joe Cocker and This Masquerade, for George Benson. His own version of This Masquerade is featured on Carney. More than 100 acts recorded A Song for You, which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes. Ray Charles' recording of the song in 1993 received a Grammy Award.
Sadly, Russell's life as a musical muse and performer ended with his death at 74 on Nov. 13, 2016, at his home in Nashville. He will be forever remembered for making a broad, sophisticated palette of American music sound down-home and natural.1. Tight Rope
2. Out in the Woods
3. Me and Baby Jane
4. Manhattan Island Serenade
5. Cajun Love Song
6. Roller Derby
8. Acid Annapolis
9. If the Shoe Fits
10. My Cricket
11. This Masquerade
12. Magic Mirror$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Leon RussellPressed On 180-Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl
Leon Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1941. He studied classical piano as a boy and took up trumpet in his teens. Not too many years later, he was on the road as a sideman to Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronnie Hawkins and ended-up on the west coast.
Leon remained in Los Angeles and quickly became one of the city's more prominent studio musicians also often working as an arranger, conductor and producer. Russell was one of Phil Spector's, "Wall of Sound" session people, he also played on The Byrds', "Mr. Tambourine Man," and arranged and co-wrote most of the big hits of pop star, Gary Lewis including She's Just My Style" and "Everybody Loves a Clown."
Leon Russell gained a higher public profile when the 1969 Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett album, "Accept No Substitute" became a major hit. Leon had arranged the album and played piano and guitar in his now distinctive style that became such a part of the sound of the group called Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.
Russell really skyrocketed when he got involved with Joe Cocker who was already a star. Cocker's producer, Denny Cordell hired Leon to arrange and co-produce the new Cocker album which included more hits for Joe including Leon's song, "Delta Lady." When Cocker set out to tour the US he logically recruited Leon to serve as bandleader and arranger for the now legendary 1970 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. That renowned cross-country tour has been preserved as a feature film and live album.
Following the critical success of the tour, Russell's reputation was strong enough that he and Cordell formed their own record company - Shelter - and launched the label with this very Leon Russell, "Leon Russell" album. The album features the first ever recording of "A Song For You" which has become one of Russell's best-known songs with versions released over the years by more than 40 different artists including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Whitney Houston, Elkie Brooks, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway and Christina Aguilera.
The rest, as they say, is history for Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011 followed a few months later with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.1. A Song For You
2. Dixie Lullaby
3. I Put A Spell On You
4. Shoot Out On The Plantation
6. Delta Lady
7. Prince Of Peace
8. Give Peace A Chance
9. Hurtsome Body
10. Pisces Apple Lady
11. Roll Away The Stone$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now