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Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)

GP  -  Documentary | Music  -  24 July 1971 (Japan)
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This classic concert from Joe Cocker was filmed at the Metropol in Berlin on October 31st 1970 with Cocker in fine voice on a strong set with many of his most famous tracks including "Delta... See full summary »

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This classic concert from Joe Cocker was filmed at the Metropol in Berlin on October 31st 1970 with Cocker in fine voice on a strong set with many of his most famous tracks including "Delta Lady", "Cry Me A River", "The Letter", "You Are So Beautiful" and his definitive take on the Lennon & McCartney classic "With A Little Help From My Friends". Also included are some rarer tracks including his versions of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". Written by Anonymous

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62 hours of footage were shot for the film. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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AN IMPORTANT CONCERT FILM
17 May 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is the account of Joe Cocker's 1970 American Tour. There is lots of great music, but the impression the film left me is what joy there is when good music is being made.

It was made in the same vein as "Woodstock" the 1970 Oscar winner for Best Documentary. "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is even better than "Woodstock". I don't want to sound like a spoiled sport, but the best parts of "Woodstock" were the musical sequences and "MDAE" is loaded with songs, 21 to be exact.

Cocker exudes a kind of kinetic energy rarely seen anymore. His body moves with the music. He isn't just singing; he feels it. And when the band finishes up with an exceptional take, we see the joy they feel. It was a highlight in "Woodstock" and here, with a 2 hour running time, you can't help but feel exhilarated after it ends. I know I did.

Sadly, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is not as well known as "Woodstock", mostly due to the rights being in limbo for so long. Now, A&M Video preserves the film on tape, with the multi-image widescreen images intact and the result is a unearthed treasure. The album only covers some of the bases. The film covers them all.

**** out of 4 stars


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