2-2-09 Leon Russell
I finally got to see Leon Russell perform live last summer (’08), at the Orange County Fair. Seemed to me like
So, why do I care about Leon Russell at all? For me, it all boils down to my fandom of his “Carney” LP (1972) of the last 35+ years. Great album, great songs (“Tightrope”, “Out In The Woods”, “This Masquerade” etc.)
Mr. Russell came to
So, the first phase of his solo career is over 7 albums:
1. Leon Russell (1970) with ‘famous’ friends
2. Leon Russell & The Shelter People (1971) with ‘famous’ friends
3. Carney (1972)
4. Leon Live (3LP set) (1972)
6. Stop All That Jazz (1974)
7. Will O’ The Wisp (1975)
All on Shelter Records (followed by a “Best of” LP in ’76). I know there are variants of the first album (I believe DC Comics successfully sued them over their use of the Superman logo), as well as an offensive track being removed (and replaced?) at some point. And over #2, I think there was some confusion as to who got the LP, Shelter (via Capitol) or A&M Records (probably due to Russell’s big success with Joe Cocker?). And I have European editions of #3 and #4 on the Philips label!
Are the ‘famous friends’ on #1 & #2 really Dylan, The Stones or…? #5 - #7 are the ones I am still discovering. I must find a CD of #6. By ’73, he was totally off of my radar, as was even Joe Cocker. #5 is a C&W album – something I was not ready for in ’73!
But, because of “Carney”, I am now ready – thirty years too late? – to give #5 - #7 a chance. If there are any revelations, I will advise. Thanks for the music, Mr. Russell, sir!
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