Looking for something with some energy for the soundtrack for kitchen duties I spied the deluxe version of Mad Dog’s and Englishman. Released in Hepworthian 1971 , what a ball tearer of a record!With cleaned up sound it backs a helluva punch and those extra tracks including backing artists doing lead vocals on some songs suggest it could have been a credible triple album.
And the band. FMD- enlisted by Leon Russell, I’d forgotten how many big names were in it, including 3 drummers.
Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Donna Washburn, Claudia Lennear, Denny Cordell, Daniel Moore, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Nicole Barclay, Bobby Jones – vocals
Leon Russell – lead guitar, piano, vocals, backing vocals
Don Preston – guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Chris Stainton – organ, piano
Carl Radle – bass guitar
Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell – drums
Chuck Blackwell, Sandy Konikoff, Bobby Torres – percussion
Jim Horn, Bobby Keys – saxophone
Jim Price – trumpet
Joe was big here in Oz. MD&E made number one and his fame escalated after he got busted in Adelaide for weed, there was a brawl at a pub in Melbourne and the band were gven 48 hours to leave by the Tory Govt #1 album and concerts still to go the massive were appalled. By all accounts a second midnight start concert was supposed to have been a killer. Not long after the show they were all bundled onto a plane out of Oz.
I’ve been revisitng his catalogue and a lot of records that did only moderately well hold up quite well. Always impeccable musicians, great selection of songs and even when his voice was gone he still had the phrasing and the emotion ( are you listening Bob?).
In closing can I suggest that one of the greatest “fake ending” of a song live is Delta Lady on MD &E.