Leon Russell

~ Release group by Leon Russell


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Leon Russell (unknown) 11
Leon Russell 12" Vinyl 12 Shelter SHE 1001
Leon Russell 12" Vinyl 12 Shelter SHE-8901
Leon Russell CD 12 Shelter SRZ-8001 010963800128
Leon Russell CD 13 DCC Compact Classics SRZ-8001 010963800128
Leon Russell CD 17 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1049 010963104929
Leon Russell CD 12 The Right Stuff (reissues; once EMI, now UMG) 7243-8-34028-2-3, T2-34028 724383402823
Leon Russell DVD-Audio 15 Hi-Res Music HRM 2013 821218201399
Leon Russell (High resolution digital download release) Digital Media 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)
Leon Russell SACD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) TYGP-89003 4988005813787
Leon Russell SHM-CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) TYCP-85003 4988005813817


Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/81039 [info]
Wikidata: Q6524869 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Leon Russell (album) [info]
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If nothing else, rock history will remember Leon Russell as the super session man.

He was everyone's friend in the early 1970s, playing with The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, a distinctive figure whose Stetson and long, flowing white beard and hair made him look like Santa's roadie. But he also had - and still has - a remarkable career as a singer, performer and songwriter (a new album, recorded in collaboration with Elton John, is due later this year).

Musically he occupied the swampy middle ground between two very New Orleans-influenced artists, Dr John and Randy Newman, but Russell added to that slightly surreal gumbo a soulfulness and commercial songwriting ability all of his own. This eponymous collection was his third album and contained hits like Delta Lady - which has George Harrison's distinctive slide all over its boogie - and Roll Away the Stone (not the Mott The Hoople song of the same name, although they do seem to share some piano similarities). There are also strong nods to Russell's southern heritage in a cover of the classic I Put a Spell On You and the none-more-70s title Pisces Apple Lady.

A funkier set than some of Russell's work, this album sounds to contemporary ears a bit over-arranged. This may be due to the fact that it is somewhat heavily laden with players. But you can see why Russell found it hard to scale down his special guest list, since it features two ex-Beatles, four Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Joe Cocker. A little more room to breathe might've been nice - and a few tunes with the lightness of touch Russell brought to Superstar, the song he wrote which, of all people, The Carpenters later covered.