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The Best Live Album Ever - and that's no hype,
This review is from: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Audio CD)
Over the years live albums have come and gone in and out of favour, but this consistently stands head and shoulders above them all. Joe is at his best and somehow Leon Russell pulled together the best collection of early 70s musos to back him up in the most solid fashion apparently with almost no rehearsal! Blues, Soul, Rock, Beatles - they're all there and boy does the band swing like a good 'un. Leon Russell's guitar is beautifully judged, as are the arrangements, and Chris Stainton's piano playing is a revelation.
The Mad Dogs came together quickly and dispersed just as fast - almost like a concert flashmob. Just shows that great performances don't necessarily need to be polished and auto-tuned to within an inch of their lives. We're so lucky that it got captured so faithfully on tape with all the rich ambience of the huge band on stage as well as the audience vibe. There really isn't a bad track on the album (except maybe Rita Coolidge's 'Superstar'). This recording has all the immediacy of what it must have been like to be there. (Unlike the DVD which is awful - avoid at all costs!)
I never tire of playing it and if you like Joe, Leon and the blues, you won't either.