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Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)

Joe Cocker and Leon Russell perform live at the Fillmore East and Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

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Pierre Adidge
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Cocker ... Himself
Leon Russell ... Himself
Chris Stainton Chris Stainton ... Himself
Jim Price Jim Price ... Himself - The Band
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Himself - The Band
Jim Gordon ... Himself - The Band
Jim Keltner ... Himself - The Band
Carl Radle Carl Radle ... Himself - The Band
Don Preston Don Preston ... Himself - The Band, The Space Choir
Sandy Konikoff Sandy Konikoff ... Himself - The Band
Chuck Blackwell Chuck Blackwell ... Himself - The Band
Bobby Torres Bobby Torres ... Himself - The Band
Jim Horn Jim Horn ... Himself - The Band
Rita Coolidge ... Herself - The Space Choir
Claudia Lennear Claudia Lennear ... Herself - The Space Choir
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Joe Cocker and Leon Russell perform live at the Fillmore East and Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Festival Joe Cocker See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono | 70 mm 6-Track

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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62 hours of footage were shot for the film. See more »

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Referenced in Dharma & Greg: Mad Secretaries and Englishmen (2000) See more »

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The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
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With big help from his friends
3 February 2018 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Sure this on-tour movie is cliched in parts, none more so than with the post-Woodstock-ian split-screen techniques thrown into every musical sequence, but the whole is elevated by the great music this 30 strong band of gypsies generates.

The story was that Joe, seeking to capitalise on his new-found Stateside success, found himself without a band for a coast to coast tour booked well in advance. Whereupon his US record label introduced him to the Master Of Space And Time, Mr Leon Russell who not only put together this massive band, comprising such later luminaries as Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys and most of Derek's (Eric Clapton) Dominos as well as Leon's own Delta Lady Rita Coolidge on backing vocalists, but also played lead guitar and lead piano, as well as arranging the music.

I love the big sound this band makes, with almost every song given the celebratory, evangelical treatment just bound to get the crowd going. The song selection is excellent, lesser known Cocker gems like "Space Captain" and "Darling Be Home Soon" rubbing shoulders with established classics like "Feelin' Alright", "The Letter" and of course Joe's piece-de-resistance "With A Little Help From My Friends".

One could argue that Cocker was something of an extra in his own movie which is partly due to Russell's charismatic presence, whether on guitar or piano, but also because Joe himself seems like such a self-effacing guy. Even when interviewed on camera, Cocker doesn't really have a lot to say and you can tell he's happiest when letting his frazzled larynx rip on songs whether he's live in concert or having a knees-up on the tour bus.

So, nothing revelatory here either in the music, anything said by the contributors or the presentation of the film itself. Still, it's an entertaing travelogue by a band the size and quality of which hasn't been witnessed too many times since.


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