In 1971 after his huge Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour Joe Cocker returned to the UK, where he lay low for a while to recover. Meanwhile A&M Records released the single "High Time We Went" in the US, and it became a #22 hit. He re-emerged in 1972 and went back on tour with a new band organized by his long-term musical partner Chris Stainton. They toured both the US and Europe, and recorded material for a new record in between. The self-titled album came out in late '72, featuring two live recordings alongside eight studio cuts. It was a fine collection of blues-rock tunes, almost entirely written by Cocker and Stainton, with the three exceptions being covers of Gregg Allman's "Midnight Rider", Dan Penn's "Do Right Woman" and the folk/blues classic "St James Infirmary". "High Time We Went" was included, and "Midnight Rider" gave him another hit when released as a single, getting to #27.
Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971) <|> I Can Stand A Little Rain (1974)
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