January 21, 2016

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Which one is THE letter? Pick a letter, any letter: from NASA.

Sax was never better than in the seventies (thanks Brown Sugar man Bobby Keys RIP)…and Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour is unmatched to this day. I missed it but at least I saw him a year later – on March 16, 1972.
In case you were wondering who’s who on that epic tour – from the album’s liner notes (at The Fillmore): Joe Cocker – vocals (say hi to DB); Leon Russell – guitar, piano (nobody counts to four better); Don Preston – guitar, background vocals; Chris Stainton – piano, organ; Carl Radle – bass; Chuck Blackwell – drums, percussion; Jim Gordon – drums; Jim Keltner – drums; Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone (my fave); Jim Price – trumpet; Bobby Torres – congas; Sandy Konikoff – percussion; Rita Coolidge – vocals; Claudia Linnear – vocals; Daniel Moore – vocals; Donna Wiess – vocals; Pamela Polland – vocals; Matthew Moore – vocals; Donna Washburn – vocals (my other fave especially with Leonard Cohen); Nicole Barclay – vocals; Bobby Jones – vocals; and an additional cast of characters – basically whoever they could pick up from town to town. Wow.

The tour pretty much encapsulates the way things were in 1970. Sex, drugs and rock & roll. And a very real effort to make the best music possible, no matter how burnt you were.
Joe Cocker – The Letter – 1970 (Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
post by DAMOSIT


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