Sunday, 22 April 2012

joe cocker - mad dogs and englishmen film (1971)

I had been planning to watch Joe Cocker's tour film 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' for years, but it is one of the many things l had never got around to doing.
Until Now!
l was alerted to the fact that somebody had put the entire film up on You Tube, so l have just sat through it, and let me tell you brothers and sisters, it was not a disappointment, as it had just the sort of footage l was expecting.
If you are a fan of old rock music, this film is right on the button, even if it does drag in the odd places. There's Joe, being his manic best on stage, and a quiet chap off it, Leon Russell leading the band and being his laid back, unfazed and cool self, the southern gentleman that is Bobby Keys on sax, and too many people (and a dog) on stage  to take count. The music has (as Led Zeppelin would say) a 'Tight but loose' feel, and is like old time revivalist church music in many places. There are interviews with groupies (the butter queen!), meetings with the locals, and plenty of shots of the travelling and hotels.
Spot on!, but it would have sounded a lot better in a movie theatre (or live).
The whole film is available here.
Fill your boots.

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