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Leon Russell :: Leon Russell & the Shelter People

Leon Russell & the Shelter People
Classic LEON + BONUS Tracks!
Leon Russell
Leon Russell & The Shelter People
SKU: AFZ 259
Price: $29.99

   TRACKS:
1. Stranger In A Strange Land    
2. Of Thee I Sing        
3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall    
4. Crystal Closet Queen       
5. Home Sweet Oklahoma       
6. Alcatraz         
7. The Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen   
8. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry    
9. She Smiles Like A River    
10. Sweet Emily          
11. Beware Of Darkness      
    BONUS TRACKS:
12. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue   
13. Love Minus Zero/No Limit   
14. She Belongs To Me

Mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
 

Leon Russell & the Shelter People

"A defining collection, fantastic musicianship abounds across these
rock 'n' roll songs full of gospel and soul." 

Leon Russell's accolades are monumental in a number of categories, from songwriting to session playing, to his solo work. Leon Russell and the Shelter People is the second solo album by the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. This 1971 gem shot to #17 on the Billboard album charts.

This recording is a prime example of Russell's instrumental dexterity and ability to produce some energetic rock & roll. Poignant and expressive tracks such as "Of Thee I Sing," "Home Sweet Oklahoma," and "She Smiles Like a River" all lay claim to Russell's soulful style and are clear-cut examples of the power that he musters through his spirited piano playing and his voice. His Dylan covers, "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" and "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" are especially strong and have him sounding so forceful, they could have been his own compositions.  

A hearty, full-flavored gospel sound is amassed thanks to both the Shelter People and the Tulsa Tops, who back Russell up on most of the tracks, but it's Russell alone that makes "The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen" such an expressive piece and the highlight of the album. The final track of the original 11 song release is George Harrison's "Beware Of Darkness" and is as good a read as the original recording.

This SACD includes 3 Bonus Tracks of additional Dylan covers.